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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

20162 h 13 min
Overview

In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations.

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Director David Yates
Runtime 2 h 13 min
Release Date 16 November 2016
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Movie Rating Not bad
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The CGI stuff was expertly executed, but we wouldn’t expect anything less given this film’s pedigree.  The beasts were ingenious and the small details in almost every scene were clever and smile inducing.  A couple of times I was reminded of Mary Poppins, think carpet bag and the tidying up scene.  However, the storyline was thin with too many tails and by the end it felt like an overlong trailer for the four sequels to come.   Although there was little character development maybe  this will be a slow release over the duration of the franchise if they continue with the same cast.  Overall it was average, hopefully the next one will be meatier.  Special mention for Alison Sudol for a luminous, almost Monroe-esque performance.

The Danish Girl

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The Danish Girl

Find the courage to be yourself.

20152 h 00 min
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The story of Danish painter Einar Wegener, one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery.

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Director Tom Hooper
Runtime 2 h 00 min
Release Date 27 November 2015
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Movie Rating Good
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I was expecting to love this film, an examination of self discovery with Eddie Redmayne playing Einar Wegener, the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery, set in 1920s Denmark.   And there is a lot to like.  Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, who plays his wife, act their Oscar nomination worthy hearts out.   The cinematography, costumes, music,make up and ambience are sumptuously gorgeous.  But it was all a bit too glossy and perfect, I didn’t feel the struggle that it must have been for Wegener, both in society and within himself.  The film was more interested in showing us how the emerging Lilli Elbe learned to copy feminine gestures than in the despair that must have driven him to undergo such a dangerous and experimental surgical procedure.

Beautiful but ultimately lacking, it was all a little too superficial for me and I didn’t feel emotionally connected to any of the characters by the end of the film.