Sunday, 2 December 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review

Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
J.K. Rowling

Based on Characters Created By
J.K. Rowling

Directed By
David Yates

Adventure, Fantasy

Eddie Redmaybe as Newt Scamander
Johnny Depp as Grindelwald
Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore
Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone
Kevin Guthrie as Abernathy
Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange
Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander
Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski
Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein
Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein

Year Released



In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, though he's 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.


As an Eddie Redmayne fan, I was really excited to see this second installment of his adventures as Newt Scamander in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.  I enjoyed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but felt it came across as more of an introduction to Scamanders world and as such, felt like it was missing something.

With this, the second movie in the series, all that is changed.  Where the movie ended and left you wanting more, this one not only picks up where that left off but fully rounds out the world and characters.

Redmayne and Depp are in absolutely top form here.  The interplay between the two, albeit brief, really crackles and makes me want to see more scenes of them together.  Also the introduction of Newt's brother, played by Callum Turner, was fantastic and really helped ground the sometimes manic character.

Storywise, there are some absolutely fantastic twists and revelations for the characters and also for their motivations, especially at the end of the movie where some of the puzzle pieces fall in to place with tragic and heart breaking consequences.

One of the things I loved was the fact that Jude Law, who I've never been that big a fan of his, is absolutely super as Dumbledore.  I was dubious with his casting after the portrayal of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, but here he plays the earlier version of the character with subtle flair and with some really nice nods to the character he will become in the later movies.  You can tell that Dumbledore is haunted by something and that is hinted at in this movie, which Law plays very well and gives Dumbledore a sympathetic yet strong performance.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Ezra Miller's performance as Credence, managing to come across as angry and bitter in one scene and like he needs a hug and to be protected in the next.

I was really impressed with this movie and personally can't wait for the next installment, especially after that twist at the end!

Movie 8/10


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