Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) – Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a fantasy adventure film directed by David Yates and written by the creator of the wizarding world J. K. Rowling. It is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). And it is the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts film series.

The film starts exactly where it left off in its prequel. The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) has finally captured the all-powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), and now is transferring him to London to be tried for his crimes in Europe. But unfortunately, Grindelwald kills the guards and escapes from their custody. As the film’s title suggests, the rest of the film follows the Grindelwald’s sinister plan of taking over the wizarding world with the help of his followers and Credence (Ezra Miller). On the other hand, Hogwarts Professor (eventually becomes Headmaster in the Harry Potter series) Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) summons and asks his former student and ally Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to travel to Paris to find Credence before Grindelwald does.

Unlike its first installment, the film is more connected with the Harry Potter series. It feels nostalgic to see Hogwarts again on screen with Hedwig’s theme playing in the background. There are many such fan moments where film tries to tell some new stories with reference to the Harry Potter movies. The portrayal of the greatest wizard Albus Dumbledore by Jude Law and villainous Grindelwald by Johnny Depp are just amazing, they steal all the scenes they are in with their flawless and stunning performances. Visual effects (especially in IMAX 3D) in the film were so good that it literally glued my eyes to the screen. The opening sequence alone is enough to make you say ‘Wow, it’s awesome.’.

The film’s screenplay seems lazy, flawed, and not so tightly bound. Unlike any Harry Potter film, the film wasn’t focused on the place or the character or the story; the inclusion of too many convoluted subplots and the characters which were dropping from anywhere in between scenes were the problems I had with this film.

Verdict : The bottom line is that the story is good with many nostalgic and surprising moments and which will leave you craving for more but the storytelling is just bad with some distracting technical drawbacks.

Rating : 3.4/5

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