Did I like it?
I was skeptical. I only heard bad things from the critics. One compared it to a novel with too many open ends and others criticized it’s boring first act or even first half. I don’t understand those critique. I liked the charming first act and every character. I can’t believe J.K. Rowling wrote the script. She is not only a capable novelist but also a capable screenwriter. Let’s get going.
+ An act of acting
The acting is marvelous. Every character was played so well even though I did not knew any single of the actors. It was subtle, energetic, diverse and a joy to experience. I wonder how the script looked like or how the director gave his direction. It’s a very well acted movie. Everyone praises Dan Vogler. And I agree. His acting should get him many new options and arrangements. Queene and Tina were acted superb. And Eddie Redmayne gave a wonderful impression of Newt Scamander. I wonder how their characters progress in the sequel.
+ Sprawling and crawling
The secret highlights of the movie: The actual beasts. J.K. Rowling probably has the greatest imagination ever. The beasts were cute, cuddly, imaginative, wild, dangerous. Even though they play a minor role, they still managed to make me smile. The Niffler – everyone’s favorite – is cute, but I liked the green creature living in his coat more. The creatures had more characters than protagonists in other entire franchises. Well done.
– Mr. Scamander
The only negative point is a minor one. The characters said “Mr. Scamander.” way too often. Sounds nit picking, but for real: You don’t need to say it three five times in three seconds.
Bottom line: J.K. Rowling is one hell of a screenwriter.