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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
David Yates

Starring:
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Claudia Kim

Running time:
134 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

 

As the dark wizard Grindelwald (Depp) rallies his followers, it falls to Newt Scamander (Redmayne) and his comrades to protect the wizard and muggle worlds.

I’ll get this out the way first. The only criticism I would provide on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is that it felt long and drawn out, but by the end I didn’t feel like a lot had happened. There were many times throughout the film that I was surprised to find myself … not bored, per se, but definitely wishing I had seen it at home so that I could be doing something else while it was on. 

The story to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is okay but ultimately feels incomplete. As though its sole purpose is not to entertain in its own right, but to merely bridge the gap between the first and third films.

In saying that. The effects and creatures in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald remind us why Newt Scamander has his own film series. The creatures and Newt’s interactions with them are simply stunning.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is visually brilliant in general, from the costumes to the special effects and cinematography. Glimpses of Hogwarts didn’t hurt either.

Redmayne is incomparable reprising his role of Newt Scamander. Law, who is a newcomer to the series, brings a new life to an old character in a way that not many actors could have. The rest of the cast also excelled in their roles with no one really standing out as performing poorly.

Overall, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald succeeds in most technical aspects but feels like too many things are missing to be the thoroughly enjoyable film its predecessor managed to be. I personally would have preferred to wait until the next film was closer to watch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald but it has left me wanting more from the next film in the franchise.

Rating:

“You never met a monster you couldn’t love.”

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