Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

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Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 fantasy film directed by David Yates and written by J.K. Rowling. It is the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts film series and is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Allison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The story is about Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore attempting to take down the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in a divided wizarding world.

This film has its good and bad. Though it has a great plot, it is still very slow at times, some scenes are too dark and some are too long. The acting of all the main characters is great. Yes, the Fantastic Beasts series is part of Harry Potter, before the HP Series, so of course anything related is going to be dark, but this film seemed to stay dark for the majority of the film. There were only a few “sunny” scenes and I would have liked to have seen more. This film seemed darker than the first FB film and most of the Harry Potter movies.

There were several scenes that made me jump and scream and there was some subtle humor in this film. Being a huge Harry Potter and Eddie Redmayne fan, I was expecting more. This is not outstanding film, except for the acting and the effects, but the great plot, could have been directed better, made more light, less scary and less humorous. This wasn’t a terrible movie, but I can’t see it win any awards, except for the effects. It isn’t nearly as good as the first FB or any of the HPs. It is also far too long, I found myself wondering if it was ever going to end and it was a relief when it finally did.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this film as much I’d hope to. It is good, but not great, but if you’re a HP fan, then watch it. This isn’t a children’s film, it is filled with violence, scary creatures, dark scenes and adult humor. 13+ 3/5

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