Hey guys, it’s almost that time of the year that everyone likes. It’s the harmattan season, Yay. Just kidding, it’s almost Christmas and that means holidays. Holidays simply means time to go to the cinemas and enjoy yourselves. Yes, we have been a little behind schedule but forgive our short break. Now, straight on to our review for FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDLEWALD.
This is the long-awaited sequel to Fantastic Beasts and where to find them and a sort of prequel to the more famous Harry Potter series. The Fantastic beats movies are meant to be a five-part journey and this is just the second instalment.
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.
Set mostly in the visually stunning and magical city of Paris, this film holds nothing back in its attempt to astound our senses with incredible graphics and cinematography, something we definitely expected given its $200 million production budget. The Crimes of Grindelwald has a lot of incredible magic effects, amazing new sets, and adorable new beasts (and some not so adorable ones too).
We loved Zoe Kravitz(Leta Lestrange) in this and how she played her character was just fantastic (pun intended).
Although on a superficial level the movie was flawless, when you dive deeper the cracks begin to appear. The movie bumbles from one setting to another desperately trying to tell a logical and coherent story, something which is not possible given the convoluted plot and numerous characters involved in this sequel(it seems Rowling had so many ideas for this that she ended up failing the movie by squeezing it all into its 2 hours run time). The returning heroes seemed more distant to us the audience from their last appearance and characters we expected to play major roles were given precious little onscreen time.
Crimes of Grindelwald is a beautiful film, and sure to satisfy Harry Potter fans eager for another slice of Rowling’s magic, but it has a definite case of the mid-series blues. It isn’t boring, but the whole film feels like an exercise in setting up its future sequels. And though it is lovely to look at, it won’t go down as one of the stronger entries in the wizarding world franchise. The film throws plenty of plot twists, loud noises and multicoloured magical dust at us, but there rarely is much tension or sense of adventure or any real longing to it. Rowling seems to be paying tribute to her work in the thinnest way possible, putting in stories that require foreknowledge to fully appreciate them. The newcomers will be confused, the admirers disappointed.
We do hope she strikes a better balance between plot and spectacle on her next outing (or just give someone who can).