Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a fantasy film directed by David Yates and written by J. K. Rowling. It is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and the tenth overall in the Harry Potter film series. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.
The Story/The Direction:
This film takes place a year after the first film and follows Newt Scamander (Redmayne) and Albus Dumbledore (Law) as they try bring Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) to justice. Along the way, Scamander works with his friends, Tina Goldstein (Waterston), Jacon Kowalski (Fogler), and Queenie Goldstein (Sudol).
This film marks the sixth Harry Potter film for director, David Yeats. He demonstrates his passion for the world through his filming style. He is able to keep the audience fairly entertained during the film. He knows how to film J.K. Rowling's written word whose script is generally attempting to recapture the magic of the original films.
The returning cast members are fairly serviceable in their characters and they are entertaining. The standouts are Law and Depp as Dumbledore and Grindelwald with Law being immensely surprising. When Law was cast, he was met with some hesitant reactions however he is the best part of the film. Depp also does a great job as the villian.
The film unfortunately is all over the place. It has a lot of tie ins to the original films but there is very little explanation given. Even when there is some sort of explanation, it is given via very long scenes with only dialogue. Furthermore, it seems that these tie ins are there to add a nostalgic effect however the original films were not too lomg ago so this ends up beimg pointless. Also Law is fairly underused as Dumbledore and Grindelwald is an underwhelming villian. Any fan will know that he isn't the same as Voldemort but there should have been some indication on his actual badness especially with the title being "The Crimes of Grindelwald."
This film has a lot of problems which unfortunately comes down to the writing. J.K Rowling has added a lot of new material that has very minimal reasoning. There are some enjoyable bits but frankly, this film is fairly meh.
Rating: 2.0/5.0 bowties
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