J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is another screenplay like Allied, a $100+ million film that could have been greatly improved by a little bit of story-
20 years from now, no one’s going to remember Fantastic Beasts, but everyone’s going to remember Harry Potter. Despite having decent reviews, Fantastic Beasts suffers from all sorts of story-
After reading this site, I’d expect you to have a much better story-
In the mid-
An abused boy, who is forced to repress his magical powers has created a powerful entity that threatens the city. The antagonist tries to unleash that entity so that muggles can learn about the real world, but is stopped at the last second by Newt and his team of misfits.
Everyone lives happily ever after.
VERY WEAK FIRST TURNING-
The first turning point is when Scamander finds out he switched suitcases with the muggle.
The quest: Get the suitcase -
Notice how the setting changes: Actually, it doesn’t change very much. New York without beasts -
Notice how the stakes rise tremendously: Actually, they don’t really rise very much. Newt has just lost some of his animals, and they might do some damage. So, he’s at risk of being arrested by the magical authorities.
A magical beast destroys part of New York, to the stunned glares of the nearby muggles. A beast escapes Newt’s suitcase (Niffler).
A rather weak second turning-
Notice how the setting changes: Again, it doesn’t change very much, we are still in New York. Normally, Hollywood would have a much stronger turning points than this. If you handed in a screenplay this weak, they’d script-
Notice how the stakes rise tremendously: Again, another weak element in this script. The obscurial is the abused boy! Well, not really much of a rise in stakes.
Original movie posters from the film
Environmentalism. Protect the Earth’s creatures.
Punishing people for just being themselves is wrong.
None. That’s why the movie is so shallow and has no depth (and, therefore, won no major awards except for the technical categories). Of course, they’ll be making four sequels. Sigh.