Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Reviews
because I thought it still had time left.
Loved every moment, never felt like it dragged.
- The film as a whole was more enjoyable as expected
- The beasts! They're still far and away the best bit. Kelpies, Nifflers, etc. Great stuff
- I still got a tingling feeling when Hogwarts appeared for the first time
- You can't fault the amount of work, design and craftsmanship that goes into these films
- It's very clearly positioned as a part 2 of 5 but works very well as that because it developed what happened in the first one and made me want to see what happens next.
Five things I wasn't so sure about:
- I'm still not sold on Johnny Depp. He's less distracting than in the first one but still
- Certain liberties with magic - big stuff happened where you're questioning how nobody's noticed this stuff? Is the actual hidden from Muggles? Hmm
- There's a LOT of exposition, which made me feel like this should maybe have been a book first that they could have then adapted. At times the film feels like an adaptation of a book that doesn't exist yet
- Why does everyone wear Muggle clothes all the time? Did witches and wizards never do robes in the 20s? Especially Dumbledore
- And McGonagall was teaching at Hogwarts in the 1910s?! Surely she's not that old
So there we go! A balanced view, and a film not without problems, but overall a good watch.
The visuals were great, so was the acting. But when it comes to the plot it was going in 17 different directions and couldn't keep on a straight line for more than 10 minutes. If it focused more on one plot point and separated the rest into other movies it would have been much better. But with the fantastic visuals, it was still pleasing to watch. 3/5