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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 14 (violence, themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 12–14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 14||Ok for this age group.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore|
|Consumer advice lines:||Fantasy themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Determined to rise to the heights of power and burn the Muggle world to the ground Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) will stop at nothing to achieve his plans. His youthful love of Dumbledore (Jude Law) and the curse that binds them is no match for the hatred that now consumes his heart. Using Queenie’s (Alison Sudol) gifts to read minds, Credence’s (Ezra Miller) pain as a weapon and the influence of allies to set him free Grindelwald has set his sights on becoming leader of the wizarding world. Meanwhile Dumbledore, battling ghosts from his past, knows that he cannot stop Grindelwald alone. He entrusts Newt Scamander (Eddie RedMayne) with help from his assistant Bunty (Victoria Yeates) to lead an intrepid team of wizards and witches along with Muggle Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) in an equally elaborate plot to stop Grindelwald and the war he wishes to wage.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Societal domination; Homosexuality; Animal cruelty; Deception; Loneliness; Hate; Bigotry: Family breakdown; Political intrigue and corruption.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie, including:
Grindelwald and Dumbledore fight, blasting curses at each other, shards of glass fall all around them. Grindelwald is blasted off a cliff where he disappears.
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is a fantasy adventure and is the third film in a Harry Potter spin off series. Well cast and with a fast-paced plot, full of twists and turns and the fabulous special effects we have come to expect from the wizarding world, this is a dark tale that is best suited to tweens and teens.
The main messages from this movie are that even in the darkest of times courage and purity will prevail and that the power of unity can cast its own spell, conquering hearts and vanquishing those who would use magic to harm instead of to heal.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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