Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

My journey with J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them proved an uneven ride. The special effects as with all the Potter films were for lack of a better word – magical. I liked that the pacing of the film was slower than most big action adventure fantasy films. But the actual story didn’t grab me the way I hoped it would. I found the characters predictable and the story dull. The final street and building exploding scenes gave most viewers what they wanted – urban destruction. For me I wanted more. Why can’t we make a smart, sensitive story about magic without all the destruction and mayhem? Why can’t we have a complicated script that pulls in the thinking adults while keeping the kids happy with lots of beautiful visual effects? Ugh! I didn’t hate Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I just didn’t love it. 3 out of 5.

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