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Review of the film "Fantastic creatures and where they live"

The first blockbuster from the new cycle "Pottterians" is more impressive than fantastic animals, than wizards 1920.

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The British magician Newt Salamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York 1920 with a magical suitcase inside which there are aviaries for many magical animals. Newt studies these animals and is preparing to write a book about them. When Salamander enters the bank, he confuses the suitcases, and his bag reaches Jacob Kowalski (Dan Vogler) - nothing knowing about the magic of the worker who tried to take out a loan. Since Kowalski does not even suspect that he is in the suitcase, some animals break out, and Salamander has to catch them. In this he is helped by Jacob and American sorceresses, Sisters Tina and Queen Goldstein (Catherine Waterston и Alison Sudole). Newt meets Tina when she arrests him for illegal use of magic. In the meantime, the high-ranking obscurant Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) weaves a conspiracy directed against established relations between American wizards and ordinary people.

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

Before, we knew Joanne Rowling As a writer of super-bestsellers, turned into the most popular movie. Now we can recognize her as the creator of the original scenarios. "Fantastic creatures" - this is the first film from the planned five-series cycle, which will tell about the world of "Harry Potter" in the first half of the XX century. Formally, this prequel is "Potter", but almost all of its characters are new heroes, and not rejuvenated "Potter". So that Dawid Yeats took not the prehistory of his past paintings, but a fresh blockbuster.

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

When the film was preparing for the rental, its name seemed strange and unsuccessful. The trailers promised a confrontation between people and wizards, and it could be assumed that the fantastic creatures from the salamander's carpetbag would be only part of the magical entourage of dramatic political intrigue. Now, however, it is clear that Rowling with the title did not miss.

The title of the film promises fantastic creatures, and this is the picture that first of all offers viewers - the hunt of the eccentric magician Salamander at the bizarre creatures that have fled to New York. Some of them are so small that it fits easily in your pocket, and someone is so big that it can disperse visitors to Central Park or demolish a couple of buildings. The imagination of the authors of the tape did not disappoint, and each monster turned out to be amazing and delightful in its own way. Accordingly, none of the "hunting" scenes are similar to the other, and Yates and Rowling made them all amusing, entertaining and enchanting.

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

Since modern New York is a little like the New York 1920, the street scenes of the film were shot in the studio, in London and in Liverpool

The only drawback of these wonderful fragments is that Salamander knows a lot about his charges, and therefore he always has a plan. Where it would be more interesting if the zoologist dealt with creatures that he had not previously had to catch and which he would have to "bite" on the fly. It is always more interesting to watch how an intelligent person improvises, than for how he acts according to a pre-worked scenario. However, there is its charm in, for example, trying to guess before Salamander's new friends guess why a kettle and a cockroach are needed to hunt a huge monster and why Newt is sure that his plan will work.

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

And what is the magic policy promised by trailers? She is in the movie, too, but she's much less interesting than hunting for monsters. She simply was not given enough time to go beyond the familiar "potteries" of flat clichés. In addition, the main character is primarily concerned with his animals, and Newt only begins to actively participate in "human" events only towards the end of the tape. And the attitude of the central character to the world always stains a spectator's view of things. Finally, the magical battles of "Fantastic creatures" are much weaker visually than the psychedelic magic battles that we recently saw in "Doctor Strand". In comparison with the reshaping of reality, the emission of lightning and incessant teleportation (sorry, "equipment") seem banal and obsolete.

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

The new heroes of the cycle also do not please me as much as I would like. Newt Salamander too clearly fits into the imposed in the teeth stereotype of a talented but autistic eccentric, and the hero is rescued only by the super-sword of Eddie Redmain. Unlike a colleague, Catherine Waterston is not endowed with a super-robin, and her faded heroine, a goodwill who does not differ in special intelligence and abilities, "drowns" among colorful partners.

Dan Vogler squeezes out all possible gags from the image of a comical fat man, but his character needs a film only to look with open-mouthed eyes at everything Jacob faces in the magical world. To help wizards, he has nothing special. At least he makes a good laugh at the audience.

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

For the American singer Alison Sudol "Fantastic creatures" became a debut in the cinema. Previously, she starred in the series "Excavations"

Modeled in the image Marilyn Monroe Queenie looks spectacular and entertains viewers by that, without stopping to read thoughts, answers unasked questions in the spirit of policemen from "Diamond Hands", Behaves like a" sexual kitty "and is more useful than a sister. But since the plot pushes Quini to the background, the full potential of this heroine is not revealed.

It seems that Rowling would have acted smarter if she had combined Goldstein's sisters in one woman. However, in this case there would be only one romantic line in the film (the writer brings Newt to Tina, and Jacob to Queenie). But since it's better to draw a genealogical tree from Rowling than to compose compelling love dialogues, then the film from the curtailment of romance would have won, but not lost.

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

Shot from the film "Fantastic creatures and where they dwell"

Finally, Colin Farrell once again recalls that he has a little less charisma than he needs to be a powerful central character. He is not bad in his role, but in his place there should have been someone more impressive.

It is worth noting that the film is not randomly assigned a rating of "12 +". Of course, there are no eroticism, swear words and bloody violence in the "Tvarik", but there are dark scenes that are unpleasant for impressionable spectators, which, incidentally, are not very much combined with the hilarious hunt for scythes and snouts. Confirms what the authors of the film say in an interview - that Rowling and the studio had different ideas about the tape's tone and that the final result is the fruit of a hard-won compromise. Which, as it often happens with compromises, does not completely satisfy anyone.

In general, paying for a ticket, you can entertain and see a lot of beautiful and amazing. But if you are demanding, you will leave the hall with the feeling that "Fantastic creatures" are worked out worse than the books of Rowling. No, this is not a prequel "Star Wars"In comparison with the first trilogy, but also not an equivalent" continuation of the banquet. "

From November 17 to the cinema.

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