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Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them
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I watched Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them and I really enjoyed it.  I liked the Twenties New York setting - Eddie Redmayne has yet to grow on me as 'Brit Boffin Wizard' Newt Scamander, but the characters of cute chubster Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), demoted Auror Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and her scatty Legilimen sister, Queenie (Alison Sudol) are endearing.  Samantha Morton was chillingly brilliant as loopy Mary Lou Barebone aka 'Sadistic Wannabe Witchfinder.'  Lost boy Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) was fantastic and a reminder of what happens when the likes of Snape 'don't keep a lid on it.'  Best actor, who REALLY should have had a more prominent place, was Colin Farrell as the dark Percival Graves.  His scenes with Credence were * ahem * 'highly charged.' Least favourite was the surprise of Johnny Depp at the end - who will be 'Catch of the Season' in future 'Beast' films, if he cleans himself up and recalibrates - sans all the 'Heard High Drama'.




* sigh*

8 out of 10 - only because I think they might have overused the CGI a bit.

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I'm looking forward to seeing it in the next week or two. Thanks!

Let me know what you think - some people have mixed feelings about it. I will definitely get it on DVD when its released.

We enjoyed the HP movies and I haven't read the book, so I'm going into this blind. Perhaps that will be the key.

I enjoyed it because I went into it expecting a lot of flashy fanservice, on which it delivered. I definitely agree that it overused CGI; it wasn't bad by any stretch, but I think a lot of the creatures really could have shone with the solidity of practical effects.

That was exactly my thought, too. Plus, outside characters such as Seraphina Picquery and Percival Graves could be turned up a notch, without detracting from the others. I felt it to be CGI 'style' over Acting 'substance' - if they had switched it round, it would be out of this world :-)

That was exactly my thought, too. Plus, outside characters such as Seraphina Picquery and Percival Graves could be turned up a notch, without detracting from the others. I felt it to be CGI 'style' over Acting 'substance' - if they had switched it round, it would be out of this world :-)

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