Director David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has a plethora of wonderful beasts and great effects, but it is no Harry Potter.
Unfortunately, Writer J. K. Rowling’s script is somewhat choppy and moves from one subject to another in a, seemingly, haphazard manner.
The other problematic issue is Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the “magizoologist,” who comes to New York with a suitcase full of beasts that get loose and need to be recaptured. Redmayne plays him as an unappealing, bumbling idiot and the character is careless to the point of idiocy.
The only savings graces are the secondary characters, a witless baker played by Dan Fogler and a friendly witch played by Alison Sudol. Without them, I’m sorry to say the film would be boring.
It’s not that there aren’t some wonderful scenes, it’s just that I was expecting a better story. As it is, I can only give Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them a 3.3 out of 5.