Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first of a promised five films to spin-off the Potter franchise.
All the usual Potter's features are there—the goblins, the spells, the magical creatures—but that is about it.
Unfortunately the stars of this film aren’t the people, it’s the magic world and its creatures—the first fifteen minutes are all about showing off the "creatures" and I almost fell asleep was it not for the person sitting next to me, munching away - LOUDLY - at his popcorn, and the hotdogs, and the sweets... ( and thank God for that) .
I looked forward to every Harry Potter
movie, even the eighth one and I was looking forward to this one too, especially considering all the raving reviews from the many newspapers. But judging by the first film of Fantastic Beasts
, I can’t imagine making it through four more, I can't even imagine suffering through this one when it finally makes it on TV.
Beasts takes place during the Roaring Twenties and the plot revolves around a sort of Dr. Doolittle collector of the fantastic beasts. He tries to protect the creatures from extinction and predators, but foolishly, he decides to take them on a trip from England to New York City.
Inevitably, a few escape, and he must track them down with Tina, a disgraced auror, Jacob, a human, and Tina’s flapper roommate.
At the same time a rogue wizard is wreaking havoc on the human world, causing major headaches for wizard President, Seraphina Picquery, and her top enforcer, Graves. Meanwhile , a woman runs a cruel anti-witch orphanage that may be hiding the most dangerous wizard of all. And there’s also some sort of newspaper baron ( all a bit of a mess for me).
It is never unpleasant to luxuriate in Rowling’s wizarding world, and the movie is full of the little side gags that always populate both her books and these movies. Fantastic Beasts feels like an extension of a world that Rowling loved so much that she didn’t want to leave however the plot felt light-weight and I couldn't warm up to any of the characters and/or feel engaged or even amused.
Sorry, for me this was a no-no.