Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Reviews
Even with all the jarring editing, they somehow still managed to make it a boring movie that didn't go anywhere. These movies also need a visual overhaul. David Yates has this awful habit of making the movies too dark and murky which makes it hard to see what's happening on the screen or making everything dull and washed out. The movies are horrid to look at.
9/10 - Excellent
The graphics are beautiful and i believe the story line is very well written.
I feel a must see.
At the second-fifth of the in-progress book, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald escaped custody and grows his cause further with gathering followers in raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings. Since he had a troublesome hand in help capturing Grindelwald in the previous chapter, Newt Scamander is tasked to look out for the potential dark lord by Hogwarts' Professor Albus Dumbledore while dealing with the resurfaced past.
When thinking about it afterwards, the positional flow still maintain the aforementioned expected pacing despite few distractive and suddenly-developed plot points. Comparing this particular storyline to the previous chapter not only pushes the story further but is mostly a filler while increasing the characterization for pivotal reasons in the coming chapters. Newt Scamander carries the protagonist's torch as the main focus of the prequel series, only to get mostly distracted in his romantic pursuit as the main reason over Dumbledore's assignment which coincidently aligns before interconnecting into one before the second-half. Meanwhile, Grindelwald, the antagonistic opposite, has actual plot development over the film's course.
J.K. Rowling's writing remains visionary as ever with reminiscing magic and fresh additional depth that expands and embraces across her single-handedly written Wizarding World with a sense of cultural representation, as well diversity. While her writing is at a steady pace in continuation in between the first and third chapter, it's the actual flawed direction from the unbalanced focus like director David Yates, who have directed since "Order of the Phoenix", felt the need to give the main plotline focus to the main protagonist. However, he managed to actually make this chapter exhilarating by putting in surprising thrills and radiance, as well tonal familiarity throughout the narrative, reflecting the magic from wondrous displays of the visually-created beasts and thrills to James Newton Howard's amped up score to the particularity of the production designs, namely the return to Hogwarts that will delight fans with nostalgia.
Receiving a bigger spotlight for more developmental exposure, Johnny Depp shines as the titular antagonist, proving that his controversial casting wasn't a problem while adding another prolific character in his eccentric range of acting. His actual opposite is Jude Law as the young Dumbledore who also performed perfectly but seemingly more like a young Michael Gambon than Richard Harris. As Newt's story gets dragged into the distant though inevitable bout between the two powerful wizards, Redmayne returned with his frequently experienced peculiarity, but not enough to claim the main spotlight like before.
"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" brought the prequel series much closer to the Harry Potter portion of the wizarding history rather than a standalone that the starter proposed an impression of; and that is okay considering the understanding of this chapter's positional flow of Rowling's in-progress "book". Overall aside from the unbalanced focus with the directed exhilaration, fine performances and flawless writing, the entertainment value is moderately spellbinding. (B+)
Even though the movie does remind the audience of the old movies, people who are tired of watching the original trilogy over and over again experience a new world with Newt Scamander as he travels through different countries.
I suggest everyone who liked the Harry Potter movies as well as the people who disliked it watch this movie.
overall plot line. There are too many newly introduced characters to allow scope for
proper development and it disrupts the flow of the movie. The required depth of reading
through the lines is far more complex than that of the Harry Potter franchise.
The acting is still strong, but the story has a selection of unconventional plot twists that (to me) seemed painfully far-fetched or downright wrong... I love the Wizarding World, but I'm having difficulty accepting this chapter to be fully part of it, unless parts of it are an elaborate ruse.