Warner Bros. Pictures’ .“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling.
Is it magical enough for all the potterheads to get excited about ? Here is what we think of the movie.
What Marcus thinks of it? His POV
With a roar of a mighty beast, I woke up in the morning, excited to come see this movie. It may not have Harry Potter in the name, but it is a HP movie to me. I just found out this is #2 in a planned series of 5 films, so I’m excited to see how it goes. To be honest, I don’t remember much about the first film, but I’m sure it will come back to me when I watch #2, right? Wrong. If you haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts #1 in a while, watch it again before watching this.
Right away we get some fun action. Actually, it was a little bit disorienting action. Felt a bit like a Michael Bay film with how fast things moved (you know, the Transformers director?). I know there was some magic and some lightning…but I really couldn’t tell what was going on. Maybe I was sitting too close. Maybe it was the 3D. Oh, speaking of, they did a neat trick (that I thought of before the movie started). There are black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. This seems normal for a movie, but in reality, they are still part of the film. When they want something 3D to feel like it is coming out of the screen at you, the image will go into this black space. It really works. I hope I didn’t ruin it for you.
So, I’m watching this movie, and I’m realizing I don’t really know what is going on. Then the main character’s friend shows up. Oh, I remember this guy. But he’s supposed to be dead? Nope, I don’t remember that part. Okay, so maybe I’m not a huge fan. I only saw the first Fantastic Beast one time. So, refresh your memory before coming to see this. Maybe this is why I don’t know what’s going on. I know the goal of the bad guy, but then they throw in this second guy everybody wants to find. Hu? Why? Why do some want him dead? I’m lost. That’s okay, I’ll stay and watch the fun magic.
Um, not a lot of fun magic. Sure, there’s plenty of magic. First of all, they teleport way too much. Maybe in the future, in HP time, there is a ban on teleporting, because they seemed to do it a whole lot less in the HP movies. So, let’s see all the fun little magic world stuff! No, not really. I think we see one moving picture. No candy frogs. Maybe I expect too much. There are a few cute creatures. Some fun hidden doors. But most of the magic seems to be combat, which I would l think I’d enjoy, but it is just chaos. During one battle I found myself not caring, because I didn’t understand the rules. Okay, the blue magic is trying to get out, and the red magic blasts it…somehow. Didn’t seem much for me to hope for. I had to just watch it play out. I like rules in my magic universes, I guess.
I found myself falling asleep during this movie. It has slow parts. It’s not very cute. It has a complicated storyline that I don’t think was told very well. But it’s a JK Rowling movie. You’ve got to see it. There are going to be 5 films, so I am sure there will be good stuff in there. If you are a HP fan, go watch it, like I know you will. Just make sure you know what happened in the first film (3rd warning). Zap. Poof. Bam. Levioso. (My nerd friend (Earth) corrects me every time I say that wrong).
It’s leviosa not levioso! – Earth
What Earth thinks of it? Her POV
If you haven’t seen the first Fantastic Beast yet, I suggest you do now before watching this film because there are some details that will be a bit confusing as you watch the Crimes of Grindelwald.
Everyone was quiet in the theater, I think they were all confused in a way. The movie lasted for 2 hours and 14 minutes and it felt like forever half of the movie.
The Wizarding World of Fantastic Beast 2 is more of magic for adults compared to the Harry Potter / Potter Verse. While the effects was really awesome, costume was amazing even casts are interesting,the story telling fell short of having the audience connect and understand.
I would like to delve more with what I mean but that is giving away the story already.
It was still magical , especially the beasts being cared for by Newt. But it is more tamed and more of drama than fantasy. There’s so much drama going on that they lost the magic a bit.
I love the set, the costume and the effects I can’t wait for the third installation as the story plot thickens. I hope it will be faster phased than this one though.
Movie Info from Warner Films
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists Newt, his former student, 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.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” features an ensemble cast led by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Poppy Corby-Tuech, and Brontis Jodorowsky, with two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”) and three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”).
The film reunited director David Yates, screenwriter/producer J.K. Rowling, and producers David Heyman, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram, all of whom had collaborated on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen served as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team from the first “Fantastic Beasts” film was also reunited, including: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It”); three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films); four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”); Yates’ longtime editor, multiple BAFTA Award winner Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films, “Ex-Machina”); and visual effects supervisors, Oscar winner Tim Burke (“Gladiator”) and Oscar nominee Christian Manz (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”). The music is by eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (“Defiance,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Hunger Games” films).
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates film, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” The film is being distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.