The film is a good continuation of the first, but with some medium defects of franchise. Too much open, no closed arcs, and an information bomb.
So if you’re not a Potterhead, expect to be confused during the movie.
The cast is spectacular, especially Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, and Callum Turner. Of course, I wanted to say the same thing about Ezra Miller, who had incredible potential but almost disappears in what the script proposes.
The beasts did not disappoint either. The niffler stole the spotlight everytime it came on screen while there were also a few new amazing beasts. Although most of the focus was on Grindelwald the audience had a fair share of beasts on screen.
The on screen romances were a little forced but they didn’t linger on it too long. I expected more from Nagini but maybe this movie is not for her and the next might be. Did not like Zoe’s character arc and either a lot of wasted potential on a few other characters or just left open for the next 3 movies to come.
The big question on everyone’s mind is how is Johnny Depp? Despite anyone’s personal feelings towards him as an actor, it can’t be denied that he dives into and disappears in every role he tackles.
Grindelwald is no different. He becomes a terrifying, intoxicating, and charismatic leader, hell-bent on manipulating the world to his liking. There are scenes where he will enchant you into almost believing him and the next, he will terrify and appall you.
There are tons of little nods to the fans of the original Harry Potter that are hidden in the film, solidifying that this story is indeed what will shape the world we know and love. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is entirely captivating and leaves us begging for more