Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is two weeks away from DVD and Blu Ray release and I for one am not in the slightest bit interested.

Heaps upon heaps of 5-star reviews and quotes claiming the movie is equal if not better than Harry Potter is the kind of bias bullshit i’m used to seeing on any franchise spin-off but did these guys even see the movie?

Set in 1926 and in New York, “Fantastic Beasts” focuses on Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who comes to New York. His knowledge of magical creatures is unparrelled but in a mishap of events a small creature called a niffler escapes from Newt’s (Eddie Redmayne) suitcase and a chain of events are set in motion as Newt teams up with a no-mag (American term for muggle) and Porpentina Goldgein of the Magical Congress of the USA.

I mean this movie tries. It REALLY tries. To replicate the magic and heart that the Harry Potter series had in spades but it always feels as thou it’s trying too hard. Insert a wand here, a creature there, a reference to Harry Potter here and for the first whole 60 minutes of the movie literally nothing has happened of any note or worth. A whole 60 minutes to captivate me, draw me in and make me care about the characters was executed miserably with the only saving grace of the entire film being a muggle. Yes a muggle (A human) that saves this entire magical disaster.

Dan Fogler’s character Jacob Kowalski is funny, charming, entertaining and steals every single scene away from an awkward and uncomftable to watch Redmayne.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a poor addition to the wizarding world series and it was clear to see it was a quick cash earner for all of those involved. Poor, very poor and not worthy of a detailed review in any shape or form as quite frankly i’ve got better things to be getting on with and not a lot more happened past the synopsis of any note.

Fantastic Beasts can run loose for all I care. I for one, will not be looking out for them or this movie on the shelves anytime soon.