FB&WTFT’s a visually delightful but messily long adventure in magical 1920s America.
Rowling’s first screenplay attempts to compensate for the Potter hiatus through a crammed yet rambling follow–up.
‘Fantastic Beasts’ could’ve been a fun, succinct family adventure film. However, Scamander’s quest is convoluted by politically charged No-maj/ Wizard/ Grindewald tensions that clutter the plot line terribly.
Redmayne’s perfectly cast as shy, gentle Newt partnered with severe Waterston as ex-Auror Tina. Sudel’s Queenie’s a charming romantic, paired with adorable No-Maj Kowalski (Fogler).
The special effects and production design are unquestionably stunning. Unfortunately Yate’s magical FB&WTFT’s one fault is JK Rowling herself.