‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review

Thanks to Roadshow we had the chance to see ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ at the Australian Premiere in Sydney a few days before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

J.K Rowling is once again behind the script for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, the sequel of 2016’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. The film (directed by David Yates) reunites Newt (Eddie Redmayne), Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalsky) and Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol).

The story starts in 1927 at the American Magistry when the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) makes a glorious escape from prison while he is being transported back to Europe. While this is underway, our favourite magi-zoologist, Newt Scamander is at the British Ministry of Magic trying to clear his visa to travel overseas to continue his studies, for which he’s asked to work with his brother Theseus (Callum Turner), the head of the Aurors at the Ministry of Magic. Newt refuses the offer but, later on, his friend Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) asks him to search for Credence (Ezra Miller) who is on the run trying to find his mother and discover his identity.

Credence, who has been imprisoned in a freak show, is a ticking bomb since developing an Obscurus (a dark parasitical magical force), and so for that reason (and his subsequently revealed important identity) he is also being closely followed by Grindelwald. Dumbledore reveals that he was really close to Grindelwald in his youth and claims he can’t fight him even though both are powerful wizards and asks Newt to do it if necessary. Newt gets back to his apartment when Dan and Queenie drop by but after a small fight between the couple, Queenie leaves for Paris to find her sister Tina who is investigating Credence as well. In the meantime, Grindelwald is increasing his allies among the wizards and witches turning them against muggles and luring powerful characters to his cause.

‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ runs for 134 minutes. Director David Yates captures the magical world to perfection with beautiful details in every corner. At times during the busy CGI action scenes the editing makes the film a little hard to follow and the narrative is hampered by exposition as the script tries too hard to explain too many stories and backgrounds for multiple characters making the film quite confusing.

The best part of the film though is the nature of Newt and the excellent performance of Eddie Redmayne, who brings plenty of charming awkwardness and eccentricity to the screen. There are also some wonderful new creatures but, as always, it’s the Nifflers who steal the scene.Another huge plus is the return to Hogwarts, where Dumbledore is the teacher of Defence Against the Dark Arts, bringing some nostalgia to all us Harry Potter fans as it walks us through its corridors.

Overall Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is a good movie but definitely not the best of the saga. I just has has too much going on. However, for fans of the wizardly world it’s must watch. Maybe later on we’ll be able to figure out what we just watched.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ – In Cinemas 15 November 2018