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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – 2016

    Φανταστικά Ζώα και Πού θα τα Βρείτε

    fantastic beasts 2016 greek posterGenre:
    Adventure
    Fantasy

    Release Date:
    November 16, 2016

    Duration:
    133 minutes

    Plot:
    Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is a very powerful and evil Wizard. He causes havoc all around Europe and suddenly, in 1926, he disappears! The international witchcraft community is afraid that Grindelwald is preparing a new blow, so powerful that a war with the Non-Majs (Muggles) will begin. With the memories of the WW I still fresh nobody wants that. Nobody apart from spiteful Grindelwald!

    fantastic beasts 2016 bowtruckleA British Wizard, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just arrived in USA. Although he had to leave Hogwarts – he was expelled because he accidentally hurt another student – he is very good at his job. And what is that? He is a Magizoologist! He travels around the globe and gathers Monsters, e…. Fantastic Beasts I meant. And it’s good that Newt did not hear me because he really loves what he does, he really loves those misunderstood Fantastic Beasts. He believes that the most dangerous thing on Earth are humans – Wizards and Non-Majs. But this is a different story. Or not?

    Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…

    When Newt came to New York he only had a suitcase with him. A magical suitcase bewitched with an extension charm. Newt has many Fantastic Beasts packed inside and, if he wants, he can get inside too. But there are two little problems. The one is that the locks sometimes open on their own. He should fix them. The other problem is much more important. Newt and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) have an identical leather suitcase and they accidentally switch them. Later this day, when Kowalski is at home, he opens the suitcase and… many Fantastic Beasts escape and roam freely in New York!

    Our impressions and movie review:
    If you think of the Harry Potter film series as one movie, then “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the perfect definition of a sequel. There are many elements of our familiar wizarding world, references to characters and of course plot twists and style differences that will thrill you. First of all we are on a different continent and another era. The plot takes place in New York of 1926, 65 years before Harry Potter set foot in Hogwarts. It is an era that the world is shocked from the Great War – this is how they called World War I and they did not intend to make a second. An era of Prohibition in USA, an era when recession and progress fight.

    Author J.K. Rowling chose the ideal time and place for her new story. The movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is her first screenplay. There are many ideas from her books but she also “borrows” and cleverly utilizes much more. The magical suitcase is in the style of Douglas Adams. And the different Beast habitats – desert or snowy landscapes, day or night – were like a wink from Yates to Cameron’s “Avatar”. We must also say that Yates is a good director and he gets good performances from the actors.

    The production should spend more cash for extras. They know that this reboot will bring millions of dollars, Harry Potter was one of the highest-grossing franchises and film series. The Big Apple has so few citizens walking around, as if it is an isolated mountain village. On a disaster scene, that you would expect to see the whole police force, we see a roadblock with about 20 officers. The visual effects range from pretty impressive to very good. The only one we did not like was the swarm effect for the Obscurus, which looked like an updated version of Galvatron from “Transformers IV”. Set Decoration was very good and the Costume Design almost perfect. And I say almost, because last week we had the chance to see “Hacksaw Ridge”, a one of a kind movie that literally travels you to 1940 – and the small town pictured there had more extras-locals than the New York of the Fantastic Beasts.

    fantastic beasts 2016 blind pig barEddie Redmayne – Academy winner for “The Theory of Everything” – presents in a very interesting way the protagonist Newt Scamander. Right next to him stands Dan Fogler who is very good and gave us many moments of laughter. He is the first Muggle protagonist in a Harry Potter movie. Katherine Waterston gives a rather restrained performance, while Alison Sudol is really convincing.

    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has the perfect mix of adventure and humour – it was emotional and imaginative. This is a movie for teens and adults who are still young at heart. We live in grim times, so… long live the fairy tales. Live it as long as you can!

    The movie premieres on November 18th, 2016 and it will be a blockbuster!

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Comic-Con Trailer (Greek subs)

    Movie Quote from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Mary Lou Barebone: Something is stalking our city! Reaping destruction and then disappearing without a trace. Witches live among us!

    Movie Quote from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Percival Graves: You’re an interesting man, Mr. Scamander. Just like your suitcase, I think there’s more to you than meets the eye. … I wonder… what makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you, Mr. Scamander?
    Newt Scamander: I have no idea.

    Movie Quote from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Gnarlack: So you’re the guy with the case full of monsters, huh?
    Newt Scamander: News travels fast.

    Movie trivial from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Credits:

    Writers:
    J.K. Rowling

    Director:
    David Yates

    Cast:
    Eddie Redmayne – Newt Scamander
    Johnny Depp – Gellert Grindelwald
    Gemma Chan – Madame Ya Zou
    Ezra Miller – Credence
    Katherine Waterston – Porpentina Goldstein
    Colin Farrell – Percival Graves
    Zoë Kravitz – Lestrange
    Ron Perlman – Gnarlack
    Samantha Morton – Mary Lou
    Jon Voight – Henry Shaw, Sr
    Dan Fogler – Jacob Kowalski
    Alison Sudol – Queenie Goldstein
    Carmen Ejogo – Seraphina Picquery
    Christine Marzano – Exterminator
    Lucie Pohl – Secretary
    Chloe de Burgh – Tenement Woman
    Jenn Murray – Chastity
    Ronan Raftery – Langdon Shaw
    Jorge Leon Martinez – Spaniard Ship Passenger
    Kamil Lemieszewski – Polish Noble Man / Jan Kowalski
    Lobna Futers – Witch
    Kevin Guthrie – Abernathy
    Flor Ferraco – Bank Client
    Karl Farrer – Banker
    Sean Cronin – Criminal
    Anthony J Sacco – Gala Guest
    Lasco Atkins – Pedestrian
    Sam Redford – Customs Official
    Akin Gazi – Auror
    Elizabeth Moynihan – Executioner #1
    Kirsty Grace – Jazz Girl
    Josh Cowdery – Senator Henry Shaw
    Brian F. Mulvey – The Watchman (as BF Mulvey)
    Nick Owenford – New York Gentleman
    Jane Perry – Customer in Bakery
    Todd Boyce – The Announcer
    Bart Edwards – New York Chief of Police
    Walles Hamonde – Auror
    Jason Redshaw – Higher class Gentleman
    Bernardo Santos – Smart New Yorker
    Faith Wood-Blagrove – Modesty
    Dino Fazzani – Factory Worker
    Peter Breitmayer – Gilbert Bingley
    Solomon Taiwo Justified – Wizard
    Abi Adeyemi – International Royal Dignitar
    Geeta Vij – Aura
    Andreea Paduraru – Aura
    Tim Bentinck – Witness
    Abigayle Honeywill – Criminal
    Adam Lazarus – Wizard
    Christian Dixon – Momolou Wotorson
    Edd Osmond – Creature Performer
    Dan Trotter – Street Vendor
    Lee Asquith-Coe – Officer 247
    Paul Dewdney – New York Journalist
    Cory Peterson – Banker
    Tony Paul West – Doorman
    Annarie Boor – New Yorker
    Ashley Hudson – Young Gentleman
    Gino Picciano – Gangster
    Yves O’Hara – Gala Dinner Guest
    Richard Douglas – Gentleman
    Fanny Carbonnel – Mrs. Goldstein
    James Rumell – Newsroom Reporter
    Miroslav Zaruba – Bank Guard
    Anick Wiget – Criminal on ‘Wanted’ Poster
    Attila G. Kerekes – New York Citizen
    Anne Wittman – Housewife
    Adam Lezemore – Gala Guest
    Olivia Quinn – Aunt of the Bride
    Dennis O’Donnell – Circus Escapologist
    Silvia Crastan – New Yorker
    Richard Price – Gala Guest
    Michael Gabbitas – Gala guest
    Erick Hayden – Policeman
    Paul Redfern – Gala Guest
    Luke Hope – NYC Banker
    Matthew Sim – Photographer
    Claire Cooper-King – Gala Dinner Guest
    Kornelia Horvath – South American Passenger on Newt’s Boat
    Paul A Munday – Journalist
    Joe Malone – Young Wizard
    Henry Douthwaite – Skender
    Denis Khoroshko – Banker Smirnoff
    Neil Broome – Gala Dinner Guest
    Lee Bolton – Photographer
    Andrei Satalov – Wizard
    Andy Mihalache – Bank Customer
    Vassiliki Tzanakou – Boat Passenger
    Richard Hardisty – Auror
    Cristian Lazar – New York Citizen
    John Murray – Blind Pig Criminal
    Daniel Smales – Tenement
    Eddie Register – Passerby
    Alphonso Austin – Boat Crew
    Laura Bernardeschi – Italian Tenant in New York
    Dave Simon – New York Socialite
    Keith Lomas – New York Socialite
    Guna Gultniece – Immigrant
    Connor Short – Gala Guest
    Lampros Kalfuntzos – Newt Boat Man
    Andrew Parker – Gangster at bar
    Patrick Carney Junior – Gala Dinner Guest
    Gabriele Antonini – Newspaper boy
    David Goodson – Porter (as Dave Goodson)
    Alan Peett – Bank Begging Tramp
    Alexsandria Rothschild – Gala Guest
    Mitchell Thornton – Gala Doorman and Waiter
    Elizabeth Briand – Gala guest
    Christopher Marsh – New York Banker
    David Charles-Cully – Gentleman
    Pete Meads – Factory Worker
    Alex Jaep – Pedestrian
    Chloe Collingwood – Taxi Passenger
    Joshua Diffley – Young Husband
    Khristopher MacLeod – Higher Class Gentleman
    Joseph Macnab – New York Cop
    Robert-Anthony Artlett – Upperclass Wizard
    Max Cazier – Young Man
    Aileen Archer – Criminal
    David J Biscoe – Journalist
    Michael Barron – New Yorker
    Adam Chamberlain – Store Worker
    Nathan Benham – Bank Guard
    Jennie Luke – Macusa Receptionist
    Ian Jenkins – High Society Gentleman
    Ryan Storey – Waiter
    Craig Davies – New Yorker
    Morgan Walters – Watchman
    Marc Benanti – Journalist
    Stacey Clegg – Gala Dinner Guest
    Carmen Cowell – Tenement Woman
    Dom Lister – Journalist
    Cole Leman – Customs Officer
    Marketa Flynn – New Yorker
    Jack Uglow – New York Citizen
    Simon Kerrison – High society gentleman / gala guest
    Roy Beck – Gala Speechwriter
    Camilla Talarowska – New York Citizen
    Jake Samuels – Bank Guard
    Paul Bergquist – Gala Dinner Guest (uncredited)
    Greg Brummel – New York tenement (uncredited)
    Douglas Byrne – Gala Guest (uncredited)
    Tomasz Dabrowski – Factory Worker (uncredited)
    Nick Donald – Bank customer (uncredited)
    Stephanie Eccles – Gala Dinner Guest (uncredited)
    Rudy Valentino Grant – New York street sweeper (uncredited)

    Production Companies and Distributors:
    Heyday Films
    Warner Bros
    Tanweer

    Official Site
    FantasticBeasts.com
    PotterMore.com/explore-the-story/fantastic-beasts

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