MAGICAL: The cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
MAGICAL: The cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Jaap Buitendijk

Fantastic Beasts debut

THERE'S a phrase those with wizarding powers use regularly in this mightily impressive new JK Rowling adaptation.

They talk of "obliviating” No-Majs (muggles) who've seen them at work.

To be ”obliviated” is to forget what you've just witnessed.

There's no danger of that happening to audiences who come to see Fantastic Beasts. This is rousing film-making that combines astonishing special effects with plenty of humour and pathos.

At times, the storytelling becomes very dark, verging on film noir, but even at its most foreboding, the film never loses its charm or its winning whimsicality.

Five years on from Harry Potter's last screen outing, Fantastic Beasts could easily have seemed derivative or anti-climactic. Instead, it's a thoroughly invigorating affair which only whets our appetites for its sequels.

MAGIC TIME

What: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them

When: Dec 9 2.15pm and 7pm, Dec 11 5pm, Dec 12 noon and 2.30pm, Dec 13 1.30pm, Dec 14 4pm and 6.30pm

Where: Proserpine Entertainment Centre

Cost: Adults $13, pensioners/students $12, children U15 $10

Tickets: 49452312

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