Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Things have been a little uneven this week as I have been working on a few side projects. However, I did have some time to catch a few flicks. One of the first of the weekend in the 2016 Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Plot/ The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Let me start by saying that I am not the biggest Harry Potter fan, although I did enjoy the movies. Unfortunately, this movie in no way captures the atmosphere or depth that made the movies entertaining. While some of the visuals are solid and the theme was interesting, everything else felt flat. The characters were uneven, mostly unlikable, and often made little sense, the CGI was miserable and felt extremely rushed, and the production quality and attention to detail demonstrated in the Harry Potter series was nowhere to be found. In no way does this film do any justice for the franchise and it should be skipped. In the end, this one was a huge disappointment, and a film that would probably be totally dismissed had it not been for the Harry Potter moniker. Unless you are a complete diehard fan, stay away!