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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald – Review

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Release Date: 16th November 2018
Director: David Yates
Writer: J.K. Rowling
Cast: Eddie Redmayne - Katherine Waterston - Dan Fogler - Johnny Depp - Jude Law



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Posted November 19, 2018 by

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald – Review

There is just something that never gets old about a persuasive villain preaching freedom through world domination. And there is indeed no greater validation for his controversial genius than escaping the authorities within the first 30 minutes of the film. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald delighted viewers with the almost immediate release of Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald into the muggle world, ready and raring to kickstart a sequence of unexpected plot twists and a chain of slightly misplaced action. And while the film overdelivers on wit and tension, its indulgence in exploring multiple storylines in a single path of shiny objects has partially backfired.

First thing’s first, Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp pack a mighty punch. The tantalising glimpse of Depp’s Grindelwald in the previous movie has truly exceeded expectations. Impactful, exceedingly cunning and with the appropriately intimidating aura of a master manipulator, he forms a striking contrast with Redmayne’s far more compassionate, morally upright and quintessentially odd character, Newt Scamander. Scamander’s portrayal is a joy to behold as he struggles with the task he has been entrusted and with expressing his feelings. He is delightfully socially awkward and the extent of his commitment to doing what is right is explored in a wonderful way.

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes Of Grindelwald - Review

Newt and Tina finally got their moment and frankly, it could not have been better. The onscreen chemistry between Redmayne and his co-star Katherine Waterston is a pretty peculiar one, befitting the awkwardness of their romantic interests and Newt’s total inability to confess his attraction. Romance is much more heavily featured here, whereby Queenie’s storyline explores the shockingly unanticipated choices one makes when fighting in the name of love. Overall, diving into the characters’ romantic inclinations did give the film more flavour and the occasional amused nod but failed to make up for the oddities that did not make sense.

The revelation that we will get to learn about Nagini both excited and divided fans. Introducing the background of Lord Voldemort’s reptile companion was however realised with a significant lack of depth. Nagini was static, an almost motionless follower of Credence’s fate, which made her very presence questionable. But by far the biggest oddity exhibited was the randomness with which action was constructed. Between the jam-packed beginning and ending, also potentially perceived as action and consequence, there were inconsistent bursts of action, which altogether contributed to the slightly fragmented reception of the scenes. All in all, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald tried to make a point of shifting the character focus and filling in the darker gaps of plot twists, but, even with its huge revelation, came across as yet another portion of wizarding magic in an incoherent package.


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