Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Movie Review

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fantastic beasts the crimes of Grindelwald is once again directed by David Yates who’s directed the previous as well as a considerable amount of Harry Potter films and is written by JK Rowling herself and in this sequel which is also a prequel Grindelwald played by Johnny Depp escapes captivity and reeks some havoc and Newt Scamander and his buddies have to go up against him I’ve reviewed every single Harry Potter film in the franchise and I’ve liked all of them I’ve found enjoyment in every single one of them and I like the previous fantastic beasts film my wife is a gigantic Harry Potter fan she loves it considerably more than I do and Harry Potter is constantly a subject in her house we really enjoy the books the movies the lore the worlds built around it we’ve gone to Universal and walk through Diagon Alley many times which is why it’s so shocking to me that this film was as bad as it was this is easily the worst Harry Potter movie in my opinion anyway I found the film relentlessly boring which is something I can’t say about any of the other Harry Potter films even some of the more meandering ones at least had characters I cared about and I’m not exactly sure what happened this time around because I actually really enjoyed the first installment and I thought it was a great stepping off point for something else it didn’t suffer from some of the problems that other prequel series have suffered from and I was excited to see where it would go this one takes so many characters and so many different subplots and / stuffs the movie with so much happening that it’s actually kind of difficult to follow my wife someone who if you ask her like the most obscure Harry Potter question about some random thing that was maybe mentioned in one paragraph of one of the books she knows the answer and she had a hard time following this film because it’s just so messy that’s not to say this is an awful movie there’s some enjoyment to be had I think David Yates once again did a really good job directing the movie it’s visually stunning it’s a really beautiful film James Newton Howard score as usual is euphoric a large majority of the performances are excellent especially Eddie Redmayne once again as Newt Scamander such a lovable cheerful character but I think the real joy in this movie is Jude Law as Dumbledore great casting great performance movie needed a lot more of him he’s not in the movie too much which I was disappointed by Johnny Depp is Grindelwald though he didn’t really bring that much to the role it’s not that he was bad really the material he was given there just wasn’t that much there to relish he has none of that snaky slimy evil that ray Fiennes had his Voldemort he’s just a villain and it’s not that I find him miscast or that they could have picked a better actor or something I just don’t really think he had that much to do in the movie the character was weak there wasn’t that much menacing about him the opening I really enjoyed and I thought it set up something kind of fun for him and they just didn’t really do anything with it they had this great idea of Grindelwald being able to control people and there’s nothing really done with it it’s it’s very very limited there’s so much they could have explored with that ability and it’s kind of just like he walks around and some people follow him around and look to him for orders there isn’t that much depth to it and for a movie called the crimes of Grindelwald he just doesn’t do that much to warrant that title the real crime of this film is that it’s just so boring and again I feel the need to reiterate this is coming from somebody who really likes these movies and books like my wife was legitimately sad when we were driving home like this was crushing to her so I imagine this could be detrimental for some Harry Potter fans the universe in general and the fandom in general because I can see some people really loving the film because it definitely acts like it’s very epic it’s a long drawn out slowly paced film that thinks it’s a lot better than it is that should have had another 20 minutes cut out of it and 15 more passes before it was complete but some Harry Potter fans are really gonna like that and others are going to hate it for some specific choices it makes which I of course will not spoil but they’re the kind of choices that make Harry Potter fans that this universe back-to-front very confused because certain things just don’t make sense and it’s hard to really justify some of the choices that are made this is starting to feel like what is bad about prequels where you start to mess so much with things that suddenly things you already appreciated and liked don’t work as well and that’s sad because there’s a lot of actors in this movie really trying and David Yates did a good job directing it unfortunately despite as big a fan as I am of JK Rowling I feel like her script was really the real problem here I’m gonna give fantastic beasts the crimes of Grindelwald a see guys thank you so much as always for watching look forward to more reviews very soon and if you like this you can click right here and get stuck mine eyes

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