The statue in Kim Jong-Il’s palace is not a statue. It is in fact an actual person in heavy makeup. If you look carefully, you can see him blink.
The infamous face melting scene was done by having a multilayered sculpture of the actor’s head done in wax. The wax was then melted with heaters, and the film was then sped up.
Chris Walas, the special effect/makeup artist would use this effect again in the 1986 horror film “The Fly” for a scene where Jeff Goldblum melts a guy’s hand off.
When J.K. Rowling first created the universe of “Harry Potter” it reopened, and re-imagined the fantasy genre for a whole new generation of readers and moviegoers alike And like most fans, we knew that “The Deathly Hollows” was the final story. Well, final maybe for Harry Potter. However, the universe, like any fictional universe has many characters, many stories, and many different points of view that create new plot points previously unknown. Fantastic Beasts is one such story.
Set in the 1920’s in New York City, the film follows Newt Scamander, a wizard briefly mentioned in the Harry Potter stories, has arrived from England with a magical suitcase filled with all kinds of magical creatures. Which he hopes to research and eventually write a book in an effort to teach fellow wizards and witches that some of these creatures aren’t actually that bad. Meanwhile, tensions rise as the secrets of the discarding world are close to being discovered by Muggles (called No-Maj) in the film.
The setting of this movies definitely adds a unique quality to not only the Harry Potter universe, but to Fantasy films in general. The American urban landscape creates a world which fans of the previous books and movies are quite unfamiliar with and adds to the claustrophobia of the city and time period. The special effects were nothing short of superb. The computer animation was top notch, and gives an almost Ray Harryhausen like feel to these creatures interacting with humans.
It would be extremely difficult to not fully compare this particular movies to the Harry Potter movies. But what truly makes this film stand out from the others is the unique choice of a hero. Scamander is a bookworm, and a bit of a trickster when it comes to his heroic skills. A polar opposite to that of Potter who shows nothing much more than a sort of arrogant bravery in the face of pure evil. In many ways, how Scamander is portrayed is very much a breath of fresh air from the previous installments.
Overall, this was a terrific movie, great acting, great story.
There’s a lot more room in the Harry Potter universe.
One wonders what will come next………
Final Score: 8 1/2 out of 10
Directed by David Yates
Eddie Redmayne…………..Newt Scamander
Katherine Waterston……….Porpentina Goldstein
Colin Ferrell………………..Percival Graves
Dan Fogler……………Jacob Kowalski
Alison Sudol………..Queenie Goldstein
Jon Voight…………….Henry Shaw Sr.
This was the third adaptation of Richard Matheson ‘s book “I am Legend”. Before this one was “The Omega Man” with Charlton Heston in the 1970s were the monsters are light sensitive mutants, and “The Last Man on Earth” with Vincent Price, where the monsters are vampires.
The Price version is closer to the book.
Charles Xavier’s resurrection
How did Professor X survive?
Please note, the following is canon for the movie universe, not necessarily the comics.
In the third X-Men film, Charles Xavier is killed (disintegrated) by the Phoenix. Later in “The Wolverine”, and later in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Xavier has returned from the dead reminding Logan, “You’re not the only one with gifts”. How did he come back?
The answer is in the post-credit scene at the end of the third film. Charles had used his telepathy to transfer his consciousness into the body of a brain dead patient on Muir Island (shown earlier in the film). The patient is actually Charles Xavier’s identical twin brother known only as “P. Xavier”. This is why after transferring his mind, Charles still looks like himself. Even though it is not directly said, it can be assumed that P. Xavier’s brain dead state was a result of Charles’ telepathy in utero.
P. Xavier is played by an uncredited Patrick Stewart (in a wig and beard).