a FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM musing
This post was taken from my Facebook post on November 18, 2016.
Quick FANTASTIC BEASTS non-spoiler thoughts while it’s fresh in my mind: (tl;dr: 6/10)
Couldn’t stop smiling when the Potter theme played in the beginning, and that lasted until 30ish minutes in, where it just slowed down out of nowhere for me; the movie shows all the beasts, but it all just felt like showing off technology rather than having it inform or build upon character. From then on, it drags even more, and crawls to the finish line. BUT what did work for me was all the themes that the script set up (although some of the humor fell flat, and I just couldn’t care for one of the main characters…), especially the treatment of “beasts”; I also loved Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler and Colin Farrell in their resepective roles. Overall, great performances and script that felt too stuck in universe building.
PS couldn’t be less hyped about the end cameo… Although I’m hoping to be proved wrong in future movies!