Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone worked because we got to see the magic for the first time, we got to see Hogwarts, a man steal light from a street and a cat transform into a woman. A great hall with candles floating in the air, and all the other things the magical world had to offer. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows worked because we had fallen in love with every single person in that movie over a decade and were so invested in them that we had to know what was going to happen and make sure everyone got out alive. Well mostly, sorry Fred.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them fails completely because it is hardly magical, and provides us little in the way of new magical wonderment, while also giving us characters who are terribly boring, and that we would never care about. I hate to be writing this, but I was terribly disappointed by Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Instead of Hogwarts we are given the streets of New York, and a department of magic that is shown for a few minutes, and is lacking in anything new or magical. Very little in the way of a magical world, these are magic users in the real world. It felt so empty.
We have a lead who doesn’t move his face, he feels emotionless and awkward. He says he cares for the beasts, and they show him caring for the beasts, but he never has that connection that Hagrid did. He talks quietly and without emotion. While his female counterpart also is quiet, lacking any feeling or really doing anything of note. I was just so confused by these characters, why would I want to invest another 4 movies into these horribly boring wizards and witches.
It all felt like the polar opposite of The Harry Potter movies, and maybe that was the intention, but it did not work for me. The tomato meter is at 86% at the moment for this movie, so I guess I am one of the few who didn’t like it. I would wait to rent this movie or catch it on HBO. I would not pay for it, go see Arrival instead.