For an Alternate Perspective

Cirsova explains why “Fantastic Beasts” disappointed him.

Minor spoilers in the following paragraphs. They probably won’t ruin the film for you, but there’s a warning in case you’re a stickler for that sort of thing:

The comments section is interesting if you like that sort of nerdy discussion (and if you’re reading this blog, you probably do). I think he’s correct that our biggest point of disagreement is probably that I don’t have a problem with Newt as the protagonist, and he’d prefer it to be Jacob. I also disagree that Newt didn’t change; he makes a move on Tina at the end of the film, when earlier he’s looking for excuses to escape her apartment. It was – and I don’t really know how else to say this, though it minimizes somewhat what I thought was a really good scene – a cute moment that was very much in character for both of them. They’re not “Big Damn Kiss” types.

That said, it’s possible that Newt can turn into that type of character at one point, but we’re in movie one. You can, I suppose, make an argument that the scene is weakened somewhat because of this, but I thought it was great.

It turns out that we probably agree more than we disagree, anyway. The myth arc sections were the weakest parts, though I remain hopeful they’ll bear fruit later on. Tina was great. The romances clicked well together. The trial scene was a bit Kafka-esque.

Cirsova’s criticisms are intelligent, and certainly worth reading.

Check it out!