The announcement trailer for J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was recently released, and, to be quite blunt, it’s super boring.
If you haven’t yet seen the trailer, check it out below and formulate your own opinion:
Now I know it’s not totally fair to assume that an announcement trailer would show much detail (it is a teaser, after all), but I think a lot of us Rowling fans were expecting something a little more, well, magical.
I’m positive that things will get much more magical as time progresses, but for now, here are 5 things that are sorely missing from the trailer:
1. Fantastic beasts
Call me crazy, but when I heard that the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was coming, I expected to see some fantastic beasts. Instead, the closest thing we get to beasts is the sound of a jungle in Newt’s magical briefcase.
Well, unless you count the super brief look we got of Colin Farrell, who I think most of us ladies can agree is definitely a beast of a man.
Either way, the exclusion of the film’s namesake was a real disappointment.
2. An antagonist
Speaking of Colin Farrell, he is set to play an antagonist of sorts in the film, but you’d never be able to tell it from this trailer.
The trailer makes it appear that the so called fantastic beasts are the only call for concern within the film, but I think we all know better than to believe that.
That’s where Farrell steps in.
He will be playing Graves, a wizard employed at the Magical Congress of the United States of America and, quite possibly, the story’s villain. After the beasts get loose from their leathery holding cell, Graves is tasked with hunting down Newt.
That’s pretty much all we know about his character right now, and it’s clear that he’s definitely not an antagonist on the level of, say, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, but rather he’s a dude just doing his job.
Perhaps we haven’t even met the big bad yet… if there even is one.
3. A powerful score
When it comes to the cinematic world of Harry Potter, the one thing that is more iconic than the boy who lived is the franchise’s musical score.
John Williams (who composed the score for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and Jurassic Park) was responsible for creating the score for the first three Harry Potter films, but his score was obviously used in later films as well.
Those later films were composed by Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat, but it truly was John Williams initial score that set the tone for the entire franchise. It gave Harry Potter the magical and mysterious flare it needed in order for it to be properly translated from print to cinema, and, disagree if you’d like, but the films would not be the same without it.
So when listening to the score in the trailer for Fantastic Beasts, I couldn’t help but feel majorly underwhelmed. The music is delightful, no doubt, but it’s ridiculously generic and does not help set the tone of the film one bit.
As far as I know, director David Yates has not officially announced a composer for the film, but my money is on either Hooper or Desplat stepping in to do the job.
Hopefully the next time a new trailer comes around, it will have brought a worthy score along with it.
4. The rest of the main cast
Fantastic Beasts is all about Newt Scamander’s adventure in New York with his magical case full of magical creatures… on the surface, at least. The true heart of the film lies in the adventure of four unlikely friends, as confirmed by star Eddie Redmayne himself.
“The assumption is Newt’s front and center, but it’s a quartet,” he told Entertainment Weekly. The other three members of this quartet are Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol), and Jacob (Dan Fogler).
But if their dynamic is so central to the story, then why isn’t this highlighted in the trailer?
We do see Tina heavily featured in the trailer, but the other members of this little tight knit magical friendship seem to get the shaft. But, to be sort of fair, we do see Jacob blurred in the background in the end of the trailer.
A good theatrical trailer should be able to show the heart of the film to audiences in under 2 minutes, and if the heart of this film is indeed this friendship, then Warner Bros. has really dun goofed.
Okay, I admit it: I can’t come up with a fifth thing missing from the trailer.
This may seem surprising, as I know it may seem like I’m just trying to find things wrong with this trailer just to be an ass, but I’m simply just a fangirl with super high expectations about, well, everything.
I’ve spent the last few months gathering intel about this film and getting hyped up about what I was reading, and after viewing the trailer, I have found the written reveals to be far more exciting and captivating than the cinematic ones.
In fact, unless you’ve been completely oblivious to the fact that this film is being made, the trailer offers no real reveals. It’s plain, dry, and to the basic very point: there’s a wizard with a briefcase full of magical creatures in NYC and some probably, possibly, definitely got out.
So, perhaps I may find this trailer to be lackluster only because I already know quite a bit about the story, but I still do feel that it needs a little more than a waving wand a roaring briefcase to get the casual Harry Potter fan to care about this film. It’s not a great first impression, but make no mistake, I have absolute faith that this film is going to be incredible – it’s written by the goddess J.K. Rowling after all.
Let’s hope the next theatrical trailer is a stunner! If not, then you’ll definitely hear about it from me.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters November 18, 2016.
Is there a 5th thing missing that you’d like to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!