Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review: A Magical Disaster
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a Red Meat the fans of the writer JK Rowling This will mystify everyone. The film is a deluge of gaudy visual effects and wizarding world machinations. The almost incoherent plot, a labyrinthine dive in the tradition of Harry Potter novels. Fantastic Beasts 2 is the central part of a supposed trilogy. The cliffhanger ending so abruptly, it looks like the story is crushed against a wall.
The story resumes with the magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in London. The Ministry of Magic banned him from leaving the country after the capture of Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Triton takes care of his mythical creatures and refutes the attempts to help his brother Auror, Theseus (Callum Turner); who was engaged to Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz). Grindelwald escapes dramatically from his detention. He goes to Paris with a singular goal, finding Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller).
Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) visits Newt illegally. He implores his former student, goes to Paris and finds Credence before Grindelwald. Newt does not understand why Dumbledore, the only wizard as powerful as Grindelwald, fights in his place. Newt changes his mind when he learns that Tina (Katherine Waterston) is in Paris. Circumstances bring the old gang together (Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol). Together, they search for Credence and try to understand why it is so important for Grindelwald.
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. in the Harry Potter universe are incredibly detailed. There are many exhibitions to exhibit, but a flow to the plot that grabs the audience. Fantastic Beasts 2 is the first in the series not to meet this standard. J.K. Rowling goes to sea. There is an avalanche of characters, creatures and plot development. Coupled with nonstop special effects, the film becomes blurred. It is supersaturated and never slows down to allow understanding of the material. Rowling's novels are long. A reader can pause, go back and look at all the points of confusion. This obviously can not be done on the big screen. Rowling needs an experienced script editor to work with the next installment. The least, it is more philosophy would have done wonders.
Fantastic Beasts 2 is the sixth film of the franchise directed by David Yates. He did a good job up here, but he eventually stumbled with a cluttered product. The characters jump from stage to stage. Johnny Depp's Grindelwald is the only one able to grow. Then he continues his way with tedious and imposing monologues. The waters are even more confused by the blinding effects. The chopsticks evoke glaring images of light and sound. The mammoth action scenes sink into confusion. Yates ran well. It may be time to put new blood behind the camera.
Fantastic Beasts 2 is a clear misstep. J.K. Rowling's vision turns into a clutter. The sad thing is the lack of intrigue. This film is not magical. Warner Bros. needs a new perspective for the future.