Going into the movie, I was a bit skeptical. I figured that the movie would feel very much like a spin off in a pale shadow or comparison to the original. I'm happy to say...that I was completely accurate. It's not the movie was bad, but that there was nothing there. It was a series of pieces, a series of events, but no strong narrative on its own. While I remember the main characters' name (Newt), the rest have instantly left my memory and the main characters seemed secondary to the films plot. But hey, as a one-off spin-off, it was fine.
Until I found out it was somehow designed as the first of FIVE films! But I suppose, with Marvel and D.C. and Star Wars, were living in a world of "film universes" now. It's as though movies have become television...and the days of a real, solid, strong film have disappeared.
Of course, it's more likely that movies have always been a little silly. Just look at the ridiculous film noir movies from the 1930s, the 1980s action films, or the children-play-professional-baseball series from the the 90s. Every decade has its own twist; I suppose "film universes" is ours.