Movie Review – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelweld” is the second entry of Fantastic Beasts franchise and the spinoff of “Harry Potter”

Directed by David Yates, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelweld” follows 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.

One word for this film, “Disappointing”. One sentence for this film, “not as good as the first film”.

The problem of this sequel is the story that felt pretty much boring. There are so many sub-plots introduced that it’s just gets confusing and where the first movie was great by having the simple plot of gathering all the lost beasts, this one just suddenly ends and you will just have to wait and see what it will lead up to. Also, there are a lot of new characters randomly introduced that sadly, no one cares about. Character arcs are too rushed and not enough happens in the story to make it all worthwhile, especially when most audiences know the broadstrokes ending of this conflict. The cast does well with what they’re given, but they’re ultimately not enough to save the film.

From the moment I became Harry Potter fan, I’ve been looking forward to this expansion of this Wizarding World that has been created by J.K. Rowling. I enjoyed the first film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, but I was looking for a little more material to latch onto. It felt a little too light on the story the first time around. Sadly, I have to say that “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” does the exact opposite of that, overstuffing storylines that will definitely confuse many average viewers. I understood most of the references throughout the movie, but I believe this an example of an extremely talented writer who’s trying to expand her world while also trying to stick to her roots, which may hurt this new franchise as a whole.

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