Review by Natalia Danzmann

Scéal grá, instinne agus dár ndóigh, draíocht, atá i gceist le Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Cuirfidh an scannán seo ag caoineadh agus ag gáire thú – agus meascán den dá rud uaireanta – agus brisfidh sé do chroí fé dhó… ar bhealach atá fós taitneamhach. An bua is mó atá ag Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ná, b’fhéidir, cé chomh tarraingtheach is atá sé do na leantóirí nua nach bhfaca Harry Potter go fóill. Do bhíos ag súil le mórchuid tagairtí ar eachtraí stairiúla, oibiachtaí draíochtúla agus eolas ginearálta a bhí sna scannáin eile déanta cheana féin ar dhomhain J.K Rowling: cé go bhfuil scéal an scannáin seo lonnaithe san aimsir chaite, is féidir fós an-chuid eolas a “iompórtáil” ón sraith Harry Potter – ach níor dhéin Rowling é sin an babhta seo. Feictear go soiléir go bhfuil an sraith seo dírithe ar an chéad glúin leantóirí eile.

Cinnte go gcloistear focail draíochtúla atá fuaim aithnidiúil go leor orthu – “alohomora” mar shampla – ach níl aon draíocht sa scannán nach féidir a thuiscint ón comhthéacs más rud é nach bhfuil an sean-shaothar J.K Rowling léite nó feicthe agat go fóill.

Tosnaíonn an scannán le radharc Newt Scamander, draoi gurb as an Bhreatain Mór dó, ag teacht i Nua Eabhrac le mála atá domhain eile lán le hainmhithe fantaiseacha istigh ann. Casann sé trí thimpist le cailleacha Mheiriceánacha agus le fear “no-maj” (téarma Meiriceánach a chiallaíonn “mugal”) agus é ag iarraidh na hainmhithe a choimeád sábháilte sa mála, agus cuireann na heachtraí sin Nua Eabhrac i mbaol… nó b’fhéidir gur asarlaíocht eile atá taobh thiar de na ionsaithe ar fad?

Tá aicsean den scoth le feiceáil sa scannán ó thús go deireadh, agus cuireann na héifeachtaí speisialta leis gan bheith iomarcach. Feictear feabhas suntasach sa gcaoi atá an scannán seo taifeadta i gcomparáid le sraith Harry Potter, go háirithe ó thaobh casadh tobann agus radharcanna luais: cuireadh geamhú caolchúiseach orthu, ionas nach gcuireann na radharcanna sin meadhrán ar na lucht féachanna. Is féidir sult a bhaint as an aicsean ar fad fiú má tá stair “tinneas taistil” agat.

Cuireann an scannán béim ar na hainmhithe fantaiseacha Meiriceánacha – feictear iad ag rith, ag eitilt agus ag snámh timpeall na scáthláin fiú nuair atá rudaí eile ar fad á phlé ag na carachtair. Is bealach suimiúil é seo le haird a tharraingt ar na créatúir aisteacha sin go hindíreach, go dtí go bhfuil siad lárnach sa scéal i radharc éigin. Níl aon beochan curtha amú sa scannán seo, cé go bhfuil cuma plódaithe ar radharcanna áirithe ar feadh tamall. Chomh maith leis sin, is féidir dlithe draíochtúla Mheiriceá a thabhairt fé ndeara anseo is ansiúd: níl cead ag na no-majs draoithe a phósadh, cé nach bhfuil cosc air sin sa dlí Eorpach. Seans go mbeidh miniúchán air sin sna scannáin eile atá amach romhainn?

Ar iomlán, scannán iontach mothuchánach atá ann, lán le haiscean agus ceisteanna gan freagra a chuireann thú ag tnúth leis an chuid eile den tsraith. Níl aon leabhar scríofa ar fáil dúinn ar mhaithe le spoilers, só níl le déanamh ach an scannán a fheiceáil, an-chuid sult a bhaint as, agus samhlú cén toradh a bhéas ag an scéal dochreidte saibhir seo sna blianta atá le teacht.

 

Review by Bill Tubbritt

J.K. Rowling is back doing what she does best with another magician tale. Many people will be thinking this is going to just continue on from our favourite Glasses wearing Wizard’s movies but that is far from the truth. Yes the main character is a wizard and the movie is set as a prequel to the Harry Potter series but that is where the similarities end. Fantastic Beasts has a completely different cast and characters and has even moved itself across the pond to America with no sign what so ever of anyone playing Quidditch or even Daniel Radcliffe.

The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander a young wizard who has just arrived in America from England carrying a suitcase containing lots of very strange and mystical creatures that he intends to care for as they have been rejected by the wizarding world. Newt manages to lose one of his creatures from the case which leads to him being discoved by a no-Maj named Jacob Kowalski and also (MACUSA) Magical Congress of the United States of America officer Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein. When Tina finds out that Newt is holding the Creatures in his case she miss understands his intentions and captors him and takes him to her employers at the (MACUSA). She quickly learns that the people there have sinister plans of their own. Newt, Tina and the no-Maj find themselves united in their fight against the corrupt (MACUSA) and also to find newt’s lost creatures.

Colin Farrell had quite a limited role in this and some may feel it missed the presence of a big name actor in the starring role but saying that Warner Bros Pictures, J.K Rowling and Director David Yates really kept the plot somewhat under wraps for a long time and certainly did a fine job putting the whole package together as visually it looked great on the big screen and combined with a decent storyline it really is a good watch. Don’t worry if you have not seen any of the original potter series, Fantastic Beasts can easily stand on its own two feet.

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