Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Movie Review)

Oscar Rendon | November 17th, 2018


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is directed by David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2, and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) & stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp. The Crimes of Grindelwald is the follow up to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and a new set of adventures set in the Harry Potter universe. The film follows Newt Scamander and his adventures in the Wizarding World along with some familiar faces and names from the Potterverse.

Claudia Kim (Nagini) & Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone)

Claudia Kim (Nagini) & Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone)

How do you describe this film to someone who hasn’t kept up with or isn’t familiar with the Harry Potter lore? You can’t, unless you are a moderate or huge fan of this universe you won’t be able to keep up with the film, it’s plot, and some characters. While we are introduced to some familiar plot lines from the first Fantastic Beasts film we are also flooded with so much information via exposition between characters. Some characters return out of the blue which is jarring as they aren’t re-introduced in the most natural of ways. The entire middle section of the film could have been compressed and simplified, instead it only furthers the complicated plot to the film which we don’t really know about until the very end of the second act. As far as characters go, Newt (played by Eddie Redmayne) is still the awkward Beast tamer, their isn’t much development with him, not until the very end of the film. The acting is good but one component the character is missing is emotion, the way he expresses his emotion is almost non-existent. The addition of Jude Law and Johnny Depp was refreshing but not enough of them was a part of the film to get a solid feel for the characters, especially a young Dumbledore. Zoe Kravitz brought a great sense of emotion and turmoil to her character but she wasn’t in the film enough and I believe that was what was missing as she plays a vital part in the plot but wasn’t in the film as much to really connect with her.

Overall, the film has a lot of fan service and does move the franchise forward BUT it could have done with a more refined script which was just exposition heavy and very little action. The creatures themselves were fun but are quickly becoming secondary to everything happening. The film is beautifully made in the way it’s shot and how the CG is well integrated onto the practical filming. There are fun surprises for the Potter fans if they pay close attention to everything presented to them.

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