It fails to cast its own spell, hence the occasional tie-ins remind you what you're really craving (we miss you Harry!). Set against the incandescent world from whence it came, the setting feels uninspired. And most of the new characters stumble out of the gate, due to a lack of compelling emotional attachment. Newt Scamandar (Eddie Redmayne) is no orphaned and tortured Mr. Potter. Thankfully, Dan Fogler delivers a star-making performance as 'No-Maj' (Non-Magical, a.k.a. America's 'muggle') Jacob Kowalski. A wannabe baker that can't catch a break until something fantastic enters his life, and not just beasts. Alison Sudol lights up the screen as his love interest, Queenie Goldstein. Unfortunately the fresh-faced cast is weighed down by established stars like Colin Farrell, and seems they are repeating the mistake, with Johnny Depp scheduled to gobble up air in the planned sequel. Thankfully for the younger set, the CGI creatures are the true draw. One can only hope that its most attractive assets will be free to shine in future installments. Much like a collection of young wizard heroes from yesteryear.