Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

fnbst2_action_newt_vert_main_dom_2764x4096_masterThe second instalment in the promised five films in the Fantastic Beasts franchise is upon us. Set approximately 6 months after the end of the last film this one starts with the escape of Grindelwald before heading to Paris.

Personally I found the opening Fantastic Beasts film a breath of fresh air. It featured accomplished wizards battling each other, an excellent villain in the form of Colin Farrell and some great chemistry from its four heroes. Unfortunately this follow-up threatens to be boring by adding more characters, separating everyone and retreading too many themes from the Harry Potter films.

On top of the entire returning cast we now have a young Dumbledore (a standout Jude Law), Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz) and Newt’s brother Theseus (Callum Turner) to name only a few. With all of these new editions and the fact that everyone is split across many locations the exciting and fun group dynamic of the first film is lost. Depp is also nowhere near as good a villain as Colin Farrell was and could yet again be accused of letting his costume be his character again. Speaking of which, the best aspect of this film by far are the costumes. They all look sumptuous.

Story wise, there seems to be an awful lot going on, but very little moving forward. Grindelwald seems to retread everything that Voldemort did in the Potter franchise. It feels like 5 films is far too many given the lack of forward momentum here.

It is not a complete loss though. Potterverse fans will have plenty of lore to dig their teeth into and it is of course full of Fantastic Beasts and magic battles. Lets hope the next instalment is more in line with the first films fun rather than this films bloat.

4 thoughts on “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

  1. This is what happens when you hire a hack like David Yates to direct. A good story has a beginning, a middle and an end. This has a beginning, a beginning and a beginning. Clearly set up for the other three films and six hours to tell a story which could have been done in less than two hours. I disagree about Depp, I thought he was the best thing in it. All the other characters are very poor. I won’t be rushing to the next one.

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    1. I would think that Yates is less to blame than Rowling. Seems to me that this is very much her gig in terms of overall story.

      I still think Farrell would be better than Depp. I feel that he rarely delivers a character anymore and is always a costume or make up display.

      And is it me, or is Grindelwald a complete retread of Voldemort? If this was a sequel rather than prequel would there be more complaints about similarities?

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  2. Very fair point on Voldemort. The thing with Yates is, and you are correct, he just does what Rowling wants him to do – it destroyed the end of the Harry Potter films. Yates can deliver a spectacular sequence, but he does it without passion. At one point he was going to make a film version of Stephen King’s The Stand. I am glad that didn’t work out

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