Rating: 7.5 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 11/19/2018
Gellert Grindelwald has escaped imprisonment and has begun gathering followers to his cause—elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one capable of putting a stop to him is the wizard he once called his closest friend, Albus Dumbledore. However, Dumbledore will need to seek help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Rated PG-13 | Length 134 minutes
Johnny Depp | Jude Law | Cornell John | Wolf Roth | Hugh Quarshie | Zoë Kravitz | Carmen Ejogo | Eddie Redmayne | Fiona Glascott | Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson | Dan Fogler | David Wilmot | Katherine Waterston | Jamie Campbell Bower | Brontis Jodorowsky | William Nadylam | Ólafur Darri Ólafsson | Toby Regbo | Ezra Miller | Derek Riddell | Ed Gaughan | Andrew Turner | Olwen Fouéré | Alison Sudol | Simon Meacock | David Sakurai | Sabine Crossen | Kevin Guthrie | Linda Santiago | Isaura Barbé-Brown | Keith Chanter | Olivia Popica | Nick Owenford | Callum Turner | Poppy Corby-Tuech | Jessica Williams | Claudius Peters | Claudia Kim | Morrison Thomas | Israel Ruiz | Jason Redshaw | Liv Hansen | Michael Haydon | Bernardo Santos | Stephen McDade | Alexandra Ford | Annarie Boor | Alfrun Rose | Deepak Anand | Jag Patel | Alfie Simmons | Dave Simon | Donna Preston | Aykut Hilmi | Tim Ingall | Deano Bugatti | Callum Forman | Johanna Thea | Victoria Yeates | Phil Hodges | Jeremy Oliver | Nasir Jama | Andrew Blackall | Simon Wan | Sean Gislingham | Tahir Burhan | Sean Coleman | Adrian Wheeler | Natalie Lauren | Ryan Hannaford | Connor Wolf | Maja Bloom | Andy Summers | Al Clark | Bart Soroczynski | Alfie Mailley | Danielle Hugues | Isaac Cortinovis Johnson | Jemima Woolnough | Hollie Burgess | Thea Lamb | Joshua Shea | Isaac Domingos | Ruby Woolfenden | Christopher Birks
In news that even surprises me… I really enjoyed this movie. After reading all the critic takes panning the film I was sure to be rather indifferent on this installment and actually wasn’t enthused to go see it. Having the opening sequence feature Depp / Grindelwald didn’t help matters but when we get the reunion of original characters (Newt, Jacob, Queenie and Tina) I was onboard and fully into the story.
The story is overly complex involving a variety of characters that had my brain working overtime to recall all the names from the HP franchise. That and the “prequelitis” are the biggest weaknesses here, i.e. we already know the future of Dumbledore.
Strengths are the relationships w/the OG crew, which I adore and the, ahem, fantastic beasts, which I presume are the most rare / endangered creatures on the planet given there’s probably only a handful of each one in existence. Cool to see the kappa if only briefly and I love the Chinese Lion!
As far as the core story I don’t care much for the origin of Credence and the search for him. Same for Leta Lestrange but it’s fine. As much as I dislike Depp these days, he’s fine as well but I can’t stop wondering how it would be with Colin Farrell in that role (he’d be great playing misunderstood bad guy). Kinda wish they hadn’t given Grindelwald a sympathetic cause bc fuck that guy.
Last note: not sure why there was such a stink about an Asian woman portraying Nagini (framed as oh this is bad look for subservient history of Asian women, IIRC, I’ll have to look it up). I believe any woman in that role would have been unfairly criticized. What do you do? I guess don’t include the character… resulting in one less opportunity? Dumb.