Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Eddie Redmayne returns to take on Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in the second instalment of J.K. Rowling's fantasy adventure series.

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 (Jude Law). However, Dumbledore will need to seek help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander (Redmayne).

2018Rating: M, Fantasy themes and violence134 minsUSA, UK
AdventureFantasyBlockbuster
Director:
David Yates ('Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1', 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince')
Writer:
J.K. Rowling
Cast:
Eddie RedmayneJohnny DeppJude LawEzra MillerZoë KravitzKatherine WaterstonAlison SudolDan Fogler
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

"Fantastic Beasts" assumes a similar level of engagement with its swollen dramatis personae, without allowing the time or putting in the work to earn it.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

With its callbacks to the Potter universe and a lovely eye for detail, The Crimes of Grindelwald has bags of intermittent charm and a warm familiarity. But too often, it feels like a beast that's been overburdened.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Rowling has surrendered to her maximalist tendencies and so cluttered up the story that you spend far too much time trying to untangle who did what to whom and why.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The architectural detail of JK Rowling's creativity is as awe-inspiring as ever.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

If you're a true fan, these are the moments you live for. For the rest of us, maybe getting there a bit quicker and with a few less diversions, would have been appreciated.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

For those already locked into her [JK Rowling's] Wizarding World, you won't mind the length and occasionally confusing scenes and will already be theorising about what happens next.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It offers up dazzling feats of sorcery and realms of wonderment and manages to conjure the very opposite of magic.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

That the film remains enticing despite its evolving, still-pallid hero speaks to Rowling's storytelling strengths.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The second chapter in JK Rowling's five-part story, it's a film stuffed with characters, big moments and impressive spectacle but still feels bizarrely underpowered.

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

An unfocused, overwhelming and ultimately numbing sprawl that seems to drag on forever.

0

This is what JK Rowling does so very well. She take all the familiar elements, tropes stereotypes and weaves them together with charm and intelligence to tell her story. Right along side the whimsical world of magic, the humorous touches, the standard romantic relationships, the hero/ine types is a thinly disguised history lesson that points straight at...

5.0
0

It certainly has some spectacle and magic in it, but that doesn't compensate for its messy writing and mildly interesting, overly convoluted plot(s).

3.0
0

The movie carried on with all of the wonderful exhilaration, writing, characters, discoveries and pure magic that the first film, Potter films and books had. It was a dark film at times much like the Potter late-middle books. There were new and marvelous creatures and there special relationship to Newt ( Redmayne so good) was remarkable. Jude Laws was a...

5.0
0

Sure there's a nice callback to the Philosopher's stone, but sadly this movie leaves too many stones unturned. Unlike the first FBAWTF film, this movie does not hold-up as a standalone narrative. Crammed with subplots, accessory characters, and some characters that are sadly just wasted, the crimes of Grindelwald seem like they've all been saved for the...

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

"Fantastic Beasts" assumes a similar level of engagement with its swollen dramatis personae, without allowing the time or putting in the work to earn it.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

With its callbacks to the Potter universe and a lovely eye for detail, The Crimes of Grindelwald has bags of intermittent charm and a warm familiarity. But too often, it feels like a beast that's been overburdened.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Rowling has surrendered to her maximalist tendencies and so cluttered up the story that you spend far too much time trying to untangle who did what to whom and why.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The architectural detail of JK Rowling's creativity is as awe-inspiring as ever.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

If you're a true fan, these are the moments you live for. For the rest of us, maybe getting there a bit quicker and with a few less diversions, would have been appreciated.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

For those already locked into her [JK Rowling's] Wizarding World, you won't mind the length and occasionally confusing scenes and will already be theorising about what happens next.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It offers up dazzling feats of sorcery and realms of wonderment and manages to conjure the very opposite of magic.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

That the film remains enticing despite its evolving, still-pallid hero speaks to Rowling's storytelling strengths.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The second chapter in JK Rowling's five-part story, it's a film stuffed with characters, big moments and impressive spectacle but still feels bizarrely underpowered.

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

An unfocused, overwhelming and ultimately numbing sprawl that seems to drag on forever.

0

This is what JK Rowling does so very well. She take all the familiar elements, tropes stereotypes and weaves them together with charm and intelligence to tell her story. Right along side the whimsical world of magic, the humorous touches, the standard romantic relationships, the hero/ine types is a thinly disguised history lesson that points straight at...

5.0
0

It certainly has some spectacle and magic in it, but that doesn't compensate for its messy writing and mildly interesting, overly convoluted plot(s).

3.0
0

The movie carried on with all of the wonderful exhilaration, writing, characters, discoveries and pure magic that the first film, Potter films and books had. It was a dark film at times much like the Potter late-middle books. There were new and marvelous creatures and there special relationship to Newt ( Redmayne so good) was remarkable. Jude Laws was a...

5.0
0

Sure there's a nice callback to the Philosopher's stone, but sadly this movie leaves too many stones unturned. Unlike the first FBAWTF film, this movie does not hold-up as a standalone narrative. Crammed with subplots, accessory characters, and some characters that are sadly just wasted, the crimes of Grindelwald seem like they've all been saved for the...

2.0
0