I have never read the "Harry Potter" books, however, I have seen the whole film series. I very much liked most of them, with the exception of 5 and 6, but I wouldn't call myself a huge fan of them. However, I thought that the trailers for this film looked great, so I was very excited to see it. I ended up very disappointed.
My biggest issue with the film was that there were too many plot lines going on at the same time. The main plot (the beasts) is the most unique and interesting, and feels like it partially got lost in the shuffle. There were at least six other subplots that I could count. Two of them were unnecessary, two could have been combined, and the others were completely clichéd. It gave the film a somewhat hectic and random feel to it. Knowing what the film is based off of, it feels like the writer was struggling to adapt the thin source material, so she created as many directions as possible for the series to go in sequels. It was truly disappointing to me.
There are definitely some redeemable elements about the film, though. There is plenty of enjoyment to be found in the film. I laughed quite a bit, especially in scenes involving Kowalski, played by Dan Fogler. Redmayne also had some very funny scenes. In fact, Redmayne's performance was very good, in my opinion. He definitely seemed as if he was genuinely enjoying his role in the film. Other actors, however, do not share the same story. I hated Ezra Miller's performance. It was very whiny, and I am now apprehensive about his role as The Flash. I love Jon Voight, but there was absolutely no reason for him to be in the film. His subplot could have built really well, but never plays off, and just ends up being a brief footnote that can't be explored further because of what happened in the end of the film.
So overall, I didn't love "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". It's pretty enjoyable, but it's nowhere near as good as I had expected it to be. Maybe the series will strengthen.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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