I really enjoy the Fantastic Beasts concept for being a movie int he Potterverse about adults who actually just use Magic all the time in their daily lives. The while somewhat shoehorned aspects of the “Beasts” is a little cheesy but it mostly works.
I am looking forward to where this whole series is going, but this particular film is just too meandering and meaningless in the end. The core plot never really gets any sort of resolution that makes any real sense, we never really get any real reason to care about who the LeStranges were or why their lineage is apparently so important. A bunch of fancy eye candy happens as our heroes sort of bumble about while Grindelwald is doing… something… sinister, I guess, in the background.
The core problem really seems like this entire film just feels like a set up for future events, more than a film that really stands up on it’s own.