Yesterday, I finally saw the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I can’t believe it actually happened and I can’t believe I have to wait another 2 years for the next movie. And yet I remember it like it was yesterday when I came out of the cinema after seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and thought the exact same things. But these past 2 years went over so quickly, it seems impossible that it is already 2018.
But it is, and Crimes of Grindelwald happened, and I’m conflicted.
I was so excited for this movie, it is hard to put into words. When Fantastic Beasts came out, I have to admit that I was not as excited. I was sceptical and didn’t want to get my hopes up, only to be let down. After all, it wasn’t Harry Potter himself that we would be watching, but some weird Hufflepuff. Of course, the movie proved to be fucking amazing and now I love Newt Scamander with all of my heart.
Unfortunately, it is the opposite with Crimes of Grindelwald.
I expected much after the masterpiece that was Fantastic Beasts, but left the cinema just a little disappointed. Here’s why:
This movie is a mess.
It is a jumbled mess, full of half-finished unimportant story lines. We jump from story line to story line, some of which the movie could’ve gone without. They were just unnecessary. Too many stories and we only get a few glimpses of them.
It’s the same with the characters. Not only do we have the old characters we know from Fantastic Beasts, but also the new ones. Everyone’s got their own story going on, yet it feels like nothing is going on. For example: In the trailer of Crimes of Grindelwald, we can see Nagini. She has quite a few seconds in the trailer, even her name comes up. But let me tell you: Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens with Nagini. She doesn’t do anything, barely speaks, and is just one more unnecessary character stuffed into this movie.
There are story lines that bothered me even more, but I don’t want to spoiler anything. I’ll probably just keep on ranting about them to my friends.
You know what? Let’s go the good stuff.
This movie looked amazing. Just saying. I mean, Fantastic Beasts looked amazing too, but I am still so astounded at the quality when you compare the Fantastic Beasts movies to the Harry Potter movies. I love the look of the animals, the costumes, and the magic. Also, the music was great.
Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore? Hell, yes. We didn’t get to see much of him, but I treasured every single moment. And I can’t wait to see him in action. The next movie can’t come soon enough.
Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald? I know I’m getting into dangerous territory here, but I am surprised at Depp’s performance. When Colin Farrell fused into Johnny Depp, I was just as disappointed as everyone else. Look, Colin Farrel is hot and he did an amazing job as Percival Graves. When this bleached out Johnny Depp appeared in his stead, I just wanted to strangle JK Rowling. But (disregarding Johnny Depp himself as a human being) he did well as Grindelwald. He left an impression. I can see people joining him. It’s not like with Voldemort. He was just plain scary and inhuman. Depp’s Grindelwald combines Dark Lord with realistic allure to wizards.
The last half an hour. Finally some action and a lot – and I mean a lot – of plot twists. Can’t say all of them were good (you’ll know what I mean when you’ve seen the movie), but they were shocking and unexpected at least.
This movie wasn’t the best of movies, but damn, I take everything Harry Potter related that JK Rowling gives me. Like, I even enjoyed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and that script was utter bullshit. I just hope that Fantastic Beasts 3 will return to the level of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Have you seen Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald yet? If yes, how did you like it? Will you see the next movie? If not, do you plan to?
Let me know down below in the comments!