Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Movie Review
Here's our take on the latest film in the Wizarding World!
Things Get Dark and Dangerous In The Fantastic Beasts Sequel!
Expanding the world she created in the Harry Potter film franchise, author of the books those movies are based on, J.K. Rowling, pulled a George Lucas and created her own prequel series. These films follow the magizooologist Newt Scamander and his adventures alongside the strange creatures of this wizarding world. The first film was a simple story that had Newt and his friends tracking down lost beasts in New York City, circa 1926. Now the sequel expands on the story set up in the background of the first movie bringing the wizarding war to a head. It's a thrilling story with memorable characters, and further develops this mystical universe.
We Finally Get To Meet Young Dumbledore!
The cast does a phenomenal job with the rich material written by Rowling. Each actor and actress brings a lot to their role and help us to both connect to them and care for them. There's clearly a lot going on under the surface as Rowling knows every character's background and has seemingly shared these details with the cast. Eddie Redmayne does his awkward thing so well, and Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, and Alison Sudol all bring added depth to their returning characters. Newcomers Zoe Kravitz, Allum Turner, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp all flesh out their debut characters as well. Writing of dialogue is solid for the most part, but Rowling could use a co-writer to help her reign in the story a bit and not put so much information and so many plot threads into these dense scripts. There's a lot of plot and exposition that could be done away with or simply done in a different way since film is primarily a visual medium.
Queenie Makes A Huge Comeback!
David Yates should also take a step back as this is his sixth film in this franchise and it's feeling stale at this point. It's great that each of the installments have a similar look and feel, thus creating a strong sense of continuity, but my favorite Potter film, Prison of Azkaban (which gets a brief reference in this one), is so good because it's so different from the rest of the entries with it's striking visual language and fast-pace due to director Alfonso Cuaron's unique vision. However, Yates' directing style doesn't distract the viewer and manages to keep the focus on the story and the characters. The visual effects here are also far superior to any of the other films bringing shocking realism to the beasts and giving the magical spells a sense of danger.
The Truth About Credence Is Revealed!
It's got a great musical score too which uses the famous Hedwig theme fittingly and has new musical cues to support the grandly epic and intensely emotional moments happening on screen. The costumes are wonderful looking and the makeup is excellent as well. This is a journey worth taking, especially if you're a fan of the series thus far as this one ratchets up the tension and builds to a war between Grindelwald and his dark forces and our unlikely heroes. It's certainly a second entry in a series as it ends with an awesome set up for the next movie, and there are some pleasantly unexpected surprises along the way. I give Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald an 8 out of 10.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The cast also includes, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and Poppy Corby-Tuech. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.