Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Wizarding World is the next installment of Fantastic Beasts series. One think the Harry Potter series does wonderfully is it’s world building. I like how each movie takes place in a new country outside of England and and the wizarding world in Paris has really creative ideas and looks nice. I hear the next movie takes place in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro so that sounds promising. It’s also cool to see old locations from the Harry Potter series like Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic.

The cast is pretty much the same as the first one and they do their job just fine. Jude Law while not on screen that much is wonderfully casted as Albus Dumbledore. I think the best comparison to him is Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi. Both play younger version of old mentors to the main character and you feel like this is what they’d be like if you saw a younger Obi Wan and Dumbledore. Johnny Depp as Grindelwald is sort of a mixed bag for me. He does a have a creepy vibe to his performance especially in the opening scene (which is really cool).

One of the problems with the Fantastic Beasts movies is the pacing which tends to drag make the scenes not interesting. I also think story is also messy. There’s this complicated red herring where Credence was thought to be related to this wizard that cursed the mother of  this one character but then it turns out that baby was dead. This also leads to this really weird plot twist in the end SPOILERS: Credence turns out to Aurelius Dumbledore. Last time I remember Dumbledore only had a brother (Aberforth) and a sister. Maybe Grindelwald tricked Credence or maybe we’ll find out more in a later sequel. I don’t know, I just felt it came out of nowhere.

I find Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to be similar to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Both are underwhelming sequels to perfectly fine spinoffs from classic movies that try to setup more sequels. Heck both got higher scores on IGN than their previous movies.

Verdict:
+ Wizarding world
+ Jude Law
+/- Johnny Depp as Grindelwald
– Pacing
– Weak story
– Weird plot twist

Score: C+

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