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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald surrounds Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he teams up with Tina (Katerine Waterston) and Jacob (Dan Fogler) again as they try to find Credence (Ezra Miller) before Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) does.

As a big fan of the Harry Potter franchise, I was not impressed with the first Fantastic Beasts, I was very meh about it. And this film fairs no better, it is really confusing and convoluted, even if you are a huge Harry Potter fan it’s hard to follow. Nothing big or note worthy really happens in the film except the cliffhanger at the end of the film, this whole movie just feels like filler for the next three films in this spin-off.  Also there’s no reason the Fantastic Beasts franchise needs to be five films long, there’s not enough story for it.

In terms of performances Eddie Redmayne is enjoyable as Newt again and Jude Law as a young Dumbledore was stand out. Many characters are in different locations plus we are introducing new characters in this film, so it never feels grounded, we are taken all over the place. Queenie’s story line seemed especially unnecessary and Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange was wasted.

If like me, you haven’t watched Fantastic Beasts since it first came out two years ago and still want to see this film. I recommend watching it before seeing this film because there was so much that I was trying to remember while watching this film. The structure of this film is a mess and as said before just feels like filler for a plot twist at the end that if you read the books like me, thinks that the twist is not really what the film says it is.

I give Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald a D.


3 thoughts on “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

    1. Thanks and well, the ending could still be true. But in the books, Dumbledore talks about having a brother, Aberforth, and a sister, Ariana. Never mentions any other family relations to Harry which has me thinking that the twist isn’t what it is said to be.

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  1. That’s a fair, good review. I agree that Fantastic Beasts does not need five films and I am quite bewildered how they can now pull off another three films when this last one was not exactly well-received by critics. Also, not twists in the world will force me to see this latest movie – I am too loyal to the original HP franchise!
    I think it would have made greater sense for someone to make a movie about Hogwarts but set in the 18th or 19th century, you know. Now, that would have been so exciting.


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