Hi people! Got your comments about our blog and posts, and I just want to say a huge thank you to y’all for the kind words and for taking out time to let us know what you think. Saw your response Yemisi Moweta on Captain America: Civil War, shooting a scene in Atlanta Georgia while claiming it was Lagos, Nigeria (see Post Marvel’s M.O). Don’t you just hate it when they do that! What really ticked me off the most about that scene was that they showed people drinking coffee outside a café. I mean who drinks coffee on the sidewalks in Naija? In our blistering hot sun? It would have made more sense if they had shoot a beer parlour scene. I won’t say more because I really enjoyed the movie, but pleaseeeee stick to the facts when portraying my beloved Naija next time Hollywood.
Today’s movie is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off of the Harry Potter film series, produced and written by J. K. Rowling, and inspired by her book of the same name. Released in 2016, the fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman and Colin Farrell.
The film is the first in the Fantastic Beasts series, and the ninth overall in J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, which is the franchise that began with the Harry Potter films. Set in the background of 1926 New York City, when witches and wizards are labeled dangerous, the film follows the adventures of a British wizard and “magizoologist” Newt Scamander, who arrives in the city with a suitcase full of magical creatures.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered in New York City on November 10th, 2016 and was released worldwide on November 18th, 2016 in 3D, IMAX 4K Laser and other large format cinemas. Made on a budget of $180 million, with an additional $150 million spent on marketing, the film has grossed $809 million worldwide by January 27, 2017, making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 2016.
It was released in a total of 1,028 IMAX screens worldwide (388 screens in the United States and Canada, 347 screens in China, 26 screens in Japan and 267 screens in other countries). This marked the second time – after Doctor Strange – that a film secured a release in over 1,000 IMAX screens worldwide.
Worldwide, the film grossed $219.9 million during its opening weekend from around 64 markets in 24,200 screens, the fifth biggest in Rowling’s wizarding cinematic universe and the fifth-biggest of the year and the seventh-biggest of the month of November. Nominated for five BAFTAs, including one for Outstanding British Film, and two Oscars at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Production Design and Best Costume Design, the film doesn’t appear to have done badly at all.
Rotten Tomatoes gave it an approval rating of 73% based on 264 reviews. The site’s consensus states “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them draws on Harry Potter‘s rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own”. On Metacritic, it had 66 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale, the sixth film in the Harry Potter universe to receive such a grade.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film five out of five stars, with his review reading “terrifically good-natured, unpretentious and irresistibly buoyant film”. With NME‘s Larry Bartleet, calling it one of the best Hollywood blockbusters of the year. On the negative train, New York Magazine‘s David Edelstein deemed the film a “distinctly unmagical slog”, remarking that the beasts “aren’t especially fantastic and the effects are too blandly corporate to be exhilarating”. Lol!
I’m sorry Harry Potter fans, but Jollyhood agrees there was nothing fantastic about the beasts as indicated by the film title. “The movie was a drag, with fairly unremarkable cast and plot, and even the villainous creature turned out to be a puff of black smoke. Duh”. Just another spin off trying to ride on the sentiments of fans to stardom.” (see Posts Another Fan Exercise & A Star Ripoff). But feel free to send in your take if you disagree… or agree.
All the same, fans will be glad to know that a sequel is set to be released on 16 November 2018, followed by the third on 20 November 2020, with Johnny Depp playing the role of Gellert Grindelwald (whoever that is). Hoping for a better screenplay and that the real fantastic beasts will show up this time *tongue in cheek*
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