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This Weekend at the Box Office: Cure for Wellness

February 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM • Posted in MoviesNo comments yet

Happy Weekend, iFamily! We here at iFamilyKC love to bring you the best and most honest reviews of current films. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, had the opportunity to check out the new movie, A Cure for Wellness. Before you head to the theater, make sure to take a look at her review, and be aware that this is not appropriate for the kiddos. Take a look…

This Weekend at the Box Office: Cure for Wellness

Release Date: 2017 February 17

Run Time: 146 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Lisa Banes, Ivo Nandi, Susanne Wuest

In Gore Verbinski’s latest psychological thriller, A Cure for Wellness, a businessman, played by Dane DeHaan, is sent by his company to the Swiss Alps to bring the CEO of the company back to close a merger who has checked into a mysterious wellness center. After an accident, he finds himself recovering in the place he was headed to pick up his boss. Throughout the movie, DeHaan discovers that this place of relaxation and healing isn’t at all what it appears to be.

I enjoy a good scare from a film but this movie was extremely disturbing to say the very least. There were several scenes that I was so uncomfortable and the so-called “thrilling conclusion” left me with a sick and disgusted feeling. I wanted to be able to provide a complete review for the iFamilyKC readers, but in all honesty I would have preferred to walk out with the three other individuals who did just that. This movie is not for children, whatsoever. Maybe not for parents either. I would recommend, if you are a parent, that you understand this movie gave me nightmares for 2 solid nights (and I am 34).

I give the sickening and unforgivable, A Cure for Wellness, a solid 3 out of a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best. I probably would have given it a 1 or a 2 had it not been for the awesome visual effects throughout the film. I wish there was a button I could push to get 146 minutes of my life back. I think the movie could have easily earned an NC-17 rating, especially with the disgustingly unforgivable conclusion. A Cure for Wellness is in theaters February 17th and you will be longing for cure from the disconcerting feeling this film leaves you with.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

February 11, 2017 at 11:12 AM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, MoviesNo comments yet

Howdy, Kansas City! One of my family and I’s favorite activities is finding new movies on Netflix. It’s such an easy way to navigate and find a film that fits everyones interests for a ridiculously cheap price. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has some great ideas for family friendly films to check out for your next movie night. Check it out!

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

What is one thing that kids always want but parents hesitate to do? Give up? It’s a family movie night! I hope I’m not the only one that shudders at the thought of watching Air Bud movies for the fifth time in a row, I mean come on…. AGAIN?! And don’t even get my started on ticket and concession prices! You spend all this loot on popcorn, drinks and a movie that you don’t even really want to see, only to end up leaving the theater for potty breaks or a screaming kid. But with 10+ years’ experience and 4 kids later, I’d like to consider myself a master at family movie night!

 

For years now I have voted, picked numbers and made deals when it comes to family movies and I must say there are always a few hidden gems or classics that parents and kids can agree on! So instead of loading the car up for your next family movie night only to see something you could care less about, check out these family movies that the kids and you will enjoy, plus they are available on Netflix now!

 

#1 Penelope

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

This cute story about a young girl cursed with the nose of a pig, lives a lonely life until she meets someone that can change all that.

 

#2 Annie

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

The story of a young orphan girl that gets adopted by a rich Daddy Warbucks.

 

#3 Parent Trap

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

Twins separated at birth trying to reunite their parents and scare off their dad’s fiancé. This movie is such a cute family movie full of laughs!

 

#4 Honey I Shrunk the Kids

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

A CLASSIC and favorite in our house! Four Kids accidentally shrink themselves with their dad’s one of a kind inventions!

 

#5 Honey We Shrunk Ourselves

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

This is the 3rd installment of the hit franchise. This may not be as funny as the first one, but it is definitely a family favorite!

 

#6 Harry and the Hendersons

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

Two words.. BIG FOOT! This classic film is about a small suburban family with an unlikely house guest.

 

#7 Daddy Daycare

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

This is definitely my husband’s top choice! A dad down on his luck, does what he can to support his family and make sure his son has the time of his life!

 

#8 Paulie

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

I normally steer clear of talking animal movies, but how can you resist this cute little girl and unique bird.

 

#9 Flubber

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

The late Robin Williams is a mad scientist that creates a one of a kind invention, but what happens when everyone wants it?

 

#10 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman story

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

A true example of will and determination. This true story will leave everyone inspired!

 

I hope this list of family friendly movies will make your next family movie night more enjoyable for everyone! What are some movies that you and your family enjoy watching together?

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: John Wick Chapter 2

February 10, 2017 at 2:40 PM • Posted in MoviesNo comments yet

Wahoo, it is Friday, Kansas City! If you’re looking for a not-so-conventional Valentine’s Day movie date idea, check out John Wick Chapter 2. It brings John out of retirement, and into some new, action-packed predicaments. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, was able to get a sneak peek and gives us the low down. Check it out!

This Weekend at the Box Office: John Wick Chapter 2

 

Release Date: 10 February 2017

Run Time: 2hr 2 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Chad Stahelski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ricard Scimarcio

 

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: John Wick Chapter 2

 

Ok, I felt kind of bad getting ready to go in and see this film. My husband and I saw the first installment of this film a long, long time ago and I honestly didn’t really remember a lot of details. I knew Keanu Reeves was in it and he was killing a lot of people. That was honestly all I could remember. But chapter 2… Chapter 2 is different…

I WILL REMEMBER THIS ONE!

This movie was so full of action and excitement I couldn’t look away (except for a few cringe worthy scenes). Keanu was never one of my favorite actors but I loved him in this film! Keanu plays a notorious hitman, forced out of retirement by a blood oath that would require him to go up against some of the elitist killers of their secret society. On his forced mission, he is reunited with old friends, old enemies and new ones.

Of course a movie like this is going to have a lot of violence and foul language, but I never expected the comedic scenes to actually be funny! I laughed, jumped and at times I couldn’t believe how cool this movie was.

This is definitely not a family oriented movie but I’m sure anyone that likes perfectly choreographed fight scenes, comedy and secret societies would love this movie!

I give John Wick Chapter 2 an 8/10

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: The Comedian

February 3, 2017 at 9:47 AM • Posted in MoviesComments Off on This Weekend at the Box Office: The Comedian

Howdy, Kansas City! There’s another movie out this weekend, The Comedian, with an absolute all star cast including Robert de Niro, Leslie Mann, and Danny DeVito. This one is definitely not for the kiddos. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, had a chance to check this film out a little early, and has a few words of advice before going to see it. Check it out…

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Release Date: 3 February 2017

Run Time: 1hr 59 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Taylor Hackford

Cast: Robert de Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny Devito

 

The Comedian, starring Robert De Niro, comes out February 3rd. Before this screening opportunity arose, I had heard nothing about it. Now I know why. This thing was a total flop. It boasts a spectacular cast: Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco… I mean come on! As names popped up during the opening credits, my excitement and expectations went up and up. However, twenty minutes in, I was hoping I could tell people to rent it. An hour in, I was trying to figure out what exactly was so off-putting. (The vulgarity? The director? The annoying jazz music??) After an hour and half I wanted to leave- but I still had 29 painful minutes to go.

Sadly, I never did figure out how a film with so much star power could go so wrong. De Niro plays Jackie, a stand-up comedian known for his time years ago on a sitcom. He wants to move on from the popular character, but no one is interested in seeing him as anything else. After an altercation at a gig, he ends up with community service where he meets Harmony (Mann). They become friends and bring a bit of light to each other’s lives. Although this premise sounds promising, Jackie is a total jerk. Much of his comedy is brash, hateful and gross and he is mean to everyone around him. He goes through the film being rude to anyone near him (even those trying to help him) and never takes any responsibility for his actions. Harmony is a bit of a train wreck. She has issues with her father and while Mann’s bubbly personality shines through at times, her character is also difficult to like. In fact, there were only two performances I really enjoyed in the film. Danny DeVito was charming as Jackie’s brother and Cloris Leachman was a great choice to play an aging comedy legend. Both didn’t get nearly enough screen time (Leachman tragically so). Although, Leachman’s character makes a racist joke which is really inappropriate and completely not funny.

The movie is very vulgar. I mean stand-up generally is. Perhaps after a few cocktails, sitting in a dark basement the movie and the terrible, terrible jazz would go down easier. But I still don’t think it would make the film funny. The jokes fell flat and many had a mean vibe to them (like Leachman’s). I thought perhaps I was being sensitive, but no one else in the theater laughed either, nor did anyone claim to like the movie. I’m sad to say it, but I would pass on this one, unless you really want to see every De Niro film ever made. Or if poorly executed mean comedy is your thing.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

This Weekend at the Box Office: The Space Between Us

February 3, 2017 at 9:27 AM • Posted in MoviesComments Off on This Weekend at the Box Office: The Space Between Us

Happy Friday, Kansas City! If you have some teens in your household (or like teen movies yourself), The Space Between Us, might be right up your alley to check out this weekend. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, had a chance at a sneak peek and shares her thoughts with us below. Check it out…

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Release Date: 3 February 2017

Run Time: 120 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Peter Chelsom

Cast: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino

 

This weekend, The Space Between Us hits theaters. It is a charming story about a boy (Gardner) raised on the planet Mars, who desperately wants to go to Earth. Due to brittle bones and an enlarged heart, scientists are not sure that he would survive Earth’s gravity. Gardner’s mother dies shortly after giving birth to him and so he has been raised by scientists and is desperate to have a real connection with other people. That is where Tulsa comes in; a foster kid Gardner meets online and develops a relationship with. It stars Asa Butterfield (from Hugo and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) and Britt Robertson (from Tomorrowland and Mother’s Day). Both give good performances, although their characters (especially Robertson’s) do not get all the development they deserve.

Eventually, Gardner makes it to Earth, and to little surprise, sneaks off to find Tulsa. The two of them take off on an adventure and he gets to see some of the most stunning countryside the United States can offer. Perhaps being the mother of young children, I harbored a bit of disbelief that a boy whose body is having difficulties adapting to Earth could do some of the things he did. They must have been giving him a heck of a lot of immunizations on that 7-month trip through space. As he goes through the film, Gardner asks everyone what their favorite thing about Earth is. It’s a charming reminder that often the simplest things are the most meaningful. Eventually his health begins deteriorating and it is clear his time on Earth is coming to an end.

Based on the trailers, I thought this movie was only a teenage romance film, but the story hints at bigger themes with space exploration and the importance of family. And although I didn’t dislike The Space Between Us, I don’t feel like the film reached its full potential. It was directed by Peter Chelsom whose previous movies included Serendipity and Hanna Montana: The Movie. The storyline jumped around at times and it had quite a few plot holes and clichés. If you aren’t looking for anything too serious though, it was still an enjoyable movie. And if your teens are looking for a movie to check out for Valentine’s Day weekend, this may a contender, but I doubt it will get much hype. I think this is a better movie to rent at home. Despite one teen romantic interlude, the film is pretty family friendly (it is rated PG-13). I give The Space Between Us a 3 out of 5.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

This Weekend at the Box Office: Split

January 21, 2017 at 10:33 AM • Posted in MoviesComments Off on This Weekend at the Box Office: Split

This weekend brings us a chance to get out of the house and maybe break up the monotony of winter. If you decide to take a trip to the movies, consider checking out Split. While this one won’t be appropriate for the kiddos, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, definitely think it’s worth seeing for the adults! Check out her low down on the film below…

This Weekend at the Box Office: Split

Release Date: 20 January 2017

Run Time: 117 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for dramatic thematic content and behavior, violence and some language)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

 

From the mastermind writer and director who brought us the unusual and plot twisting movies The Sixth Sense, The Village, Devil and The Visit, comes a new film from M. Night Shyamalan, Split. Split stars James McAvoy who plays a man who has 23 distinctly different personalities. In the beginning of the film, he kidnaps 3 teenage girls and holds them captive. Throughout the film we are introduced to many of his (super creepy) personalities as the girls try to find a way to escape. They try to relate to some of his personalities as a plan to break free. His therapist tries to bring out certain personalities to help understand him more, unbeknownst to her, he has captured the girls. M. Night ties in a previous film to this one in an interesting twist.

 

I am a HUGE fan of Shyamalan’s work! Since The Sixth Sense, I have been hooked on his movies! I admit not every one has been my absolute favorite but he is by far my favorite screenwriter and director. His style is uniquely is own and Split did not disappoint! His camera work draws you in and gives a very distinctive and satisfying look into the world of filmmaking.

 

I give Split a solid 8 out of a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best. Intense, creepy and crazy exciting, true to Shyamalan’s style. There is a definite turning point in the film that I almost couldn’t believe my eyes and had to look away! And I have to agree with the film’s PG-13 rating and actually thought it could have easily earned an R rating. It is better suited for a more mature audience. If you’re looking for a thrilling, edge of your seat horror movie, check this one out! Split is in theaters January 20th.

 

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This Weekend at the Box Office: Hidden Figures

January 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM • Posted in MoviesComments Off on This Weekend at the Box Office: Hidden Figures

Happy Winter, Kansas City! I know most of us are (hopefully) cozy in our homes, but if you get a little stir crazy and are looking to get out of the house — why not check out this upcoming film, Hidden Figures? It’s about 3 African-American female mathematicians who helped get NASA astronauts into space. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, had the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the film, and raves about it below. Check it out!

This Weekend at the Box Office: Hidden Figures

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: Hidden Figures

Rating: PG
Run Time: 127 min
Release Date: January 6th, 2017
Director: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae

 

This week I had the chance to see another movie that I had put on the top of my list, simply because Hans Zimmer did the score (love his work). Offhand I knew it would at least be entertaining through music, but once I saw the trailer, I knew it was something that had to be seen! I just had no idea how amazing and truly impactful this movie would really be!

 

Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson (Katherine Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan) and Kansas City KS native Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson). These women alone are a reason to get excited! Not only are they award winners, but they have various awards for different styles of roles. They alone are well worth the price of admission. It also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons who themselves have an amazing list of credentials!

 

The film is a true story of 3 remarkable women. Set in the ‘60s, a time of segregation and so much hate. During the “race to space” between America and Russia, 3 black women changed the face of NASA by not only their skills and knowledge, but also by their passion and desire to be great! Starting off as “computers,” these ladies were able to work with some of the most brilliant minds in America as they set forward to launch John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth! This movie does a great job of shining light on these women and their brilliant minds as well as what they really had to fight against in the early 1960’s.

 

I really loved everything about this movie. There were only a few curse words (I think 2) and one scene where two characters kissed but even that quickly faded away. It is definitely a family movie night must!

 

As a mixed woman and mom of 3 black girls, I honestly cannot think of a more important movie for them to see that’s coming out. And not just black girls but young girls everywhere! Not only is it about women that have excelled in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), but it showcases courage, knowledge, and strength. It teaches them that no matter what someone thinks of you, how they treat you or how hard it may be….to never give up! To fight for what is right and never let someone tell you, you can’t achieve your goals!

 

I will gladly give Hidden figures a 10/10 rating! Trust me as soon as it comes out, GO SEE IT!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: Moana

November 23, 2016 at 11:29 AM • Posted in MoviesComments Off on This Weekend at the Box Office: Moana

Thanksgiving is a great time to catch a flick, and Disney holiday fashion, they’ve released their new animated movie, Moana. So, after eating all that turkey, and catching a few Zzzz’s, why not head to the theater and enjoy this family movie. Check out Holli’s review and insider look of the new film below. Happy Thanksgiving!

This Weekend at the Box Office: Moana

 

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: Moana

 

Release Date: November 23, 2016
Run Time: 103 min
Rating: PG
Director: Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, Chris Williams
Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson

 

 

Thanksgiving is, for me, a time not only to appreciate life’s incredible blessings but also a time for reflection. One of my favorite childhood memories, and a tradition that I carry on with my own daughter, is experiencing the new Disney movie that comes out around Thanksgiving each year (like “The Santa Claus” in 1994 and “101 Dalmations” in 1996). This year, Charlotte and I had the chances to celebrate early at the advanced screening of Disney’s latest movie “Moana” and we were not disappointed.

“Moana” follows the story of a special little girl who feels called to the sea. As she grows and learns about her community, she feels compelled to do something different from what is expected of her from everyone she knows. Her father, the Chief, has long rooted beliefs that the sea is not a safe or friendly place for their people and that fear drives him to forbid Moana (and her tribe) from passing the reef located just off of their island.

Even when their food supply begins to diminish, his overwhelming fear of the unknown keeps him from venturing away from home. Moana, however, was chosen by the sea for an unforgettable journey that will restore her island and her people’s long rooted history with the ocean. Along the way, she encounters struggles and situations that force her out of her comfort zone and into the woman she was meant to be.

What I loved most about this movie is the message that it sends to little girls across the world – To be who you are and to not be afraid of the challenges that you might face along your journey. Disney has done it again and moviegoers can expect to fall in love with the stunning animation, fun characters, and incredible sound track throughout the feature film.

Pro Tip: Be sure to check out the digital short before the movie – It’s a good one!

From iFamily to Yours,
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This Weekend at the Box Office: Allied

November 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM • Posted in MoviesComments Off on This Weekend at the Box Office: Allied

Good Morning, Kansas City!! Now, I know it’s the day before Thanksgiving, and most of you are probably running around trying to tie up as many loose ends before the holiday, but if you find some down time this holiday weekend, Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt have a new movie out. Allied is out in theaters today, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, was able to get a sneak peek and tells us the highs and lows of the film below. Check it out!

This Weekend at the Box Office: Allied

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: Allied

 

Release Date: November 23, 2016
Run Time: 124 min
Rating: R
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Brad Pitt

 

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard headline in a new spy movie titled Allied out on the 23rd. They play two spies who meet on a mission in Morocco and fall in love. The basic premise of the movie is that they marry and have a child after which one learns the other may be a double agent.

I’m not going to lie; I went into the film with Mr. and Mrs. Smith in the back of my mind. Although both films have Pitt and center on married spies, there the similarities end. Allied is set in the 1940’s and the allies are working together to bring down Hitler. The costumes, sets and locations are magnificent. The scenes on the rooftops in Morocco are some of my favorites. I was lucky enough to travel to Morocco several years ago and I felt they really captured the magical beauty of the country. The clothing and cars had me nostalgic for the 1940’s- until the bombings knocked some sense into me. Robert Zemeckis directs and creates a visually stunning story. I think this one will be nominated for some awards this winter.

 

I like Brad Pitt, I feel for the stress he’s going through in his personal life, but I didn’t feel like this was his best movie. It may be just me though. I felt like he was a bit stiff. ‘Did he get botox?’ ‘Was he stressed about life?’ ‘Is he just a spy and they don’t show much emotion?’ These were all thoughts I had while watching. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I just didn’t feel like he gave it his all. ‘Am I really criticizing Brad Pitt?? Why does criticizing Brad Pitt make me break out in a sweat?’ The questions continue. He did produce a very emotional scene at the end of the movie. Maybe the stoicism was to make it more impactful.

 

Marion Cotillard was great. Both she and her character were enigmatic and charismatic. She also gave a very moving performance. I think most of the cast was terrific. Again, this was a movie that demanded a lot visually from its cast and I think they hit it out of park. The movie has quite a bit of action in it, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it an action movie. It definitely had an artistic quality to it. If you are looking for your typical spy movie this isn’t it. My husband didn’t care for the film. I think the very things I enjoyed about it (visually interesting, emotionally charged) didn’t register with him. So I guess keep that in mind. If you are wanting to see an action film, there’s probably a better option out over the holiday weekend. That considered, I guess I’d rate it a 3 out of 5. I would watch it again, but apparently it would have to be without my husband.

 

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This Weekend at the Box Office: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

November 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM • Posted in MoviesComments Off on This Weekend at the Box Office: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Happy Friday, Kansas City! For those of us who are massive, unashamed Harry Potter nerds, we have been waiting for this day. Today, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy had a chance at a sneak peek, and gives us all the goods. Check it out!

This Weekend at the Box Office: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Release Date: November 18, 2016
Run Time: 133 min
Rating: PG-13
Director: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston

 

If you had gleefully enjoyed eight years of entering Hogwarts via your local movie theater and their completion left you in a melancholy no number of trips to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter could quite eradicate, then you are in luck! You surely know J.K. Rowlings is back at it again with a series that predates the Harry Potter ones. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens this Friday and we muggles are transported back to a land of magic. However, you will find this land/film much changed.

 

Fantastic Beasts is set in 1920’s New York. During this time Witches and Wizards are pretty much under ground as the no-majs (American for muggle) are beginning to suspect that magic may exist. Witches and Wizards live in strict secrecy and are not allowed to fraternize with no-majs. Under the same reasoning, nearly all magical beasts have been exterminated to near extinction as the magic folks fear their discovery. This being said, the beginning of the film has very little magic to be found. Viewers that have enjoyed being transported to such a fantastical world may find themselves, like me, disappointed as the minutes plug by without much excitement from the setting, or even from Eddie Redmayne who leads this film, but has very few lines in the first half.

 

Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who travels the globe saving and studying magical creatures. He is an oddity in his world and that combined with the fact that he’s brimming with liberal ideals have kept him fairly isolated from other wizards and witches. He manages, however, to catch the eye of an Auror (Investigator) whom is trying to prove her value to the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the Untied States). She thus drags a reluctant Newt into a magical mystery and some serious drama.

 

The cast boasts a lot of big names, more than I had realized. Many of them had somewhat small roles hinting at things to come as the series progresses. I read that there are 5 films planned. Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler) are two of my favorite characters and bring a lot of heart and humor to the film, but true to J.K. Rowlings’ style, there are many interesting and well-developed characters. If you’d like to learn more about the characters and film, and even download some free posters, you can do so here.

 

I enjoyed the movie. It was fun and imaginative. The effects are amazing (again- you’ll be waiting awhile to get to them). And yet it doesn’t feel overly Harry Potterish with the change in setting and older characters (none of the main cast is in school any longer). However, many fans of Potter were a similar age as the books and films came out and thus grew up with Harry. If this is you, you will once again be nearly the same age as the main characters. This being the first film of the series, it did spend a lot of time acclimating the audience to a new framework for a new story, so although Fantastic Beasts seemed a little slow to get off the ground, I think it was just a matter of it being the first installment. Many film-goers at the screening turned out in Hogwarts robes and yelled magical phrases throughout the film. If you want to avoid this crowd, maybe don’t hit this film on opening weekend, but I do recommend going to see this movie. It was truly an enjoyable and fun film.

From iFamily to Yours,

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