re Fantastic beasts

(21 Posts)
NKffffffffd826be10X12327b6cd81 Thu 17-Nov-16 11:36:10

Anyone seen it and why is it a 12A not a PG?
My kids are 6 and 8 and have seen PGs like Maleficent which I thought was quite scary with battle scenes etc. I have seen the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and thought it looked like His Dark Materials , but I don't want to take them to something scary,

bruffin Fri 18-Nov-16 16:07:35

i saw it on tuesday and dd has already seen it twice (grin)

I dont think it is any scarier than Maleficent.
However there is some child abuse, but not really shown ie you know a child is beaten because of cuts and shown a belt but doesnt actually show the beating. There is no battles however there is a black presence that causes chaos with buildings falling down and people running away in panic sort of thing.
There is also a sort of mild torture scene to do with bad memories, again nothing really shown just implied.

just found this on imdb

"the film contains several action scenes that are tinged with the element of fantasy. For example, there are scenes depicting wizards shooting bolts of light at their adversaries or making a person freeze in motion.

Some scenes show a black cloud overturning cars and tearing the road apart, causing general mayhem in the city.

Some stronger scenes show people who suffer magical attacks.

In one scene, a man is lifted up into the air and slammed down onto the floor, his face is shown to be withered and dried. Another scene shows a woman being swallowed by a black cloud and her face is later shown to be shriveled and wrinkled.

As such scenes may be disturbing for a younger audience, parental guidance is recommended."

The creatures are beautifully created and there are some lovely funny scenes with the niffler and some of the other creatures, which younger children will enjoy.

FenellaMaxwell Fri 18-Nov-16 16:08:36

It's quite dark - there are themes and scenes of child abuse in it. It's amazing though!

RitaCrudgington Fri 18-Nov-16 16:11:37

BBFC Insight summary

Doesn't sound too bad to me.

bruffin Fri 18-Nov-16 17:37:47

It is amazing isnt Fenella, i was with really die hard HP fans and none of us were disappointed.
I was also standing next to Eddy Redmaine on the red ( well blue )carpet shock
Dd 19 loved it so much she went to the midnight showing again last night

FenellaMaxwell Fri 18-Nov-16 18:13:54

bruffin I'm going to try and squeeze in a second viewing this weekend too grin

Davros Sat 19-Nov-16 11:36:07

We saw it last night and didn't love it although we wanted to. The Newt Scamander character is really annoying, the story is a bit vague and it's all a bit whimsical. The effects are very good, especially the creatures, but the look (not the story) is too dark overall. The best scene was the night club and the worst was the jewellery shop.

Mhw02 Sat 19-Nov-16 12:08:11

Davros I was the same - was really looking forward to it, but whilst I did enjoy it, I felt there were a lot of issues with it too. My biggest issue was the sound - I found a lot of the dialogue mumbly and difficult to make out, and the music quite intrusive at points. I also found the film rather choppy; jumping from one scene to the next, and without a clear tone; the extreme slapstick of the niffler scenes sitting alongside the death chamber scene and Modesty and Credence's childhood felt a little jarring.

Do you think Modesty was a witch? Or just trying to rebel against Mary Lou?

BaggyCheeks Sat 19-Nov-16 12:09:46

Don't know if this helps you at all OP, but I've found Common Sense Media's reviews of age-suitability to be quite good in the past.

www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them

Davros Sat 19-Nov-16 16:57:07

I thought Modesty was a witch but I think we were supposed to think that but then - tadha! It was the weird brother after all. I agree wit everything you said

NKffffffffd826be10X12327b6cd81 Sat 19-Nov-16 19:06:23

Thank you all soooo much.

imip Sat 19-Nov-16 19:09:03

I thought that perhaps the relationship between Colin farrell's character and credence bordered on grooming? Especially the last scene in the alley way - I got a real shiver from that.

MozzchopsThirty Sat 19-Nov-16 19:20:33

Wow some people are a bit sensitive hmm re child abuse & grooming

I took dcs 6 & 11 and we all loved it. Can't wait to see the next one
There was not one seat in the cinema

MozzchopsThirty Sat 19-Nov-16 19:23:09

Just re-read my message

Obviously we should all be sensitive to child abuse & grooming
But this film did not spell that to me or the dcs
When I think of the films I watched as a child shock

FenellaMaxwell Sat 19-Nov-16 19:28:56

Mozzchops but it IS child abuse and grooming - it was supposed to be. People aren't being sensitive to pick that up, just watching what was written?

MavisGrind Sat 19-Nov-16 19:44:57

We've been to see it this weekend and I was surprised at the certificate. I asked my two (10&7) if they thought it should have been a 12a and they said it was a little scary in places. We all loved it though!
Mind you my youngest said Newt was a bit like the 11th Doctor and I now can't get past that!

MozzchopsThirty Sat 19-Nov-16 19:53:07

I appreciate that, but it wasn't inappropriate to the age rating of the film
No different really to lemony snicketts

fairycakecentral Sat 19-Nov-16 21:37:55

The three of us saw it this afternoon (me, DS aged 9 and DH). All of us gave it 2 out of 5.

I thought it was quite dark at times and kept looking over to DS. He seemed OK from what I could see but told me later that he was scared at times - when the obscura was doing bad things (trying not to give things away). He is a huge superhero film fan and has never been scared at a film before so his admitting being scared does seem genuine.

Me and thought it was boring. Eddy Redmayne is trying for the geeky but loveable character with Newt but I found the portrayal a little bit pretentious. I liked Sam Morten's character (OK, not liked, more thought she was an interesting character) and would have liked to have seen more of her and her relationship with her children, why she is so involved in the witches persecution and why she has the children she has (trying Not to give anything away).

They have the New Salem society family turn up at the newspapers, and yes, there is a little implication later on related to the outcome of that meeting, but so much more could have been made of that (I'm thinking of the younger brother.). My only guess is that this film has set the foundations for the later films because the idea of the newspaper involvement is really redundant within the context of the film. But to be honest, I,m not sure I would bother paying all that money for a family trip to the cinema to see is the next instalment is any good.

Incunabula Sat 19-Nov-16 21:41:31

We saw it today to 'road test' it before potentially taking DD (8) - I'm a massive HP fan so no hardship there! Anyway we concluded the two deaths, featured quite close up, and the death penalty scene would definitely upset her. Think we will wait till it's available to view at home, where it's a bit less in yer face!

AvaCrowder Sun 20-Nov-16 02:37:54

The timings don't work out. I loved the film, love everything from JK Rowling, great film great actors, bloody brilliant well done.

Sadik Sun 20-Nov-16 15:21:42

"my youngest said Newt was a bit like the 11th Doctor and I now can't get past that"
I agree with your youngest, Newt was very much an 11 clone (though fortunately less annoying, something about Matt Smith just rubs me up the wrong way).
I thought it was good family entertainment - not a great film, but better than many aimed at the same market & a change from the usual superhero stuff. DD & friend (both 14) liked it a lot, and the entire row of youngish teenagers behind us all seemed to be having a good time.

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