Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)


7/10: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Monday, November 26, 2018

The first in the prequel series to the wizarding world of Harry Potter was very good, I was looking forward to another movie and seeing where it would go next, screenplay by creator J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates (Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2; The Legend of Tarzan). Basically set in 1927, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is being transferred by the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) from their maximum security prison to New York City to be tried in London for his various crimes. While departing, Grindelwald is freed by Abernathy (Kevin Guthrie), his follower and a MACUSA employee, Grindelwald kills the guards and escapes using the transfer carriage. Three months later, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is appealing to restore his international travel rights to the Ministry of Magic, they were revoked following his visit to New York City. Whilst there, he...

6/10: Not a fantastic movie, but a good one and an improvement to the first
Friday, November 30, 2018

Let me start this review by saying that you should skip the watch here if you haven't seen the first or second movie. Now, here we go: "The Crimes of Grindelwald" is the second film from the "Fantastic Beasts" movie series. This one here is a new 2018 release from this year and of course director David Yates is on board again here and the screen writer is J.K. Rowling, both from the Harry Potter series eventually. I did not like the first FB movie if I remember correctly, but rewatched it recently before seeing this second film and it grew a bit on me I must admit. This second one is fine too, but it never reaches greatness. I have read people say that they were disappointed how the character of Newt Scamander loses a great deal of screen time to the supporting players here. Well, I do agree, but I don't think it is a...

4/10: Lestranger than fiction
Monday, December 10, 2018

I'd really love to tell you about the plot. I really would! But I would struggle to pull all the multitude of strands together from J.K. Rowling's story and coherently explain them to anyone. If Rowling had put ten thousand monkeys (not a million - it's no bloody Shakespeare) into a room with typewriters and locked the door I wouldn't be surprised.Let me try at a high level..... The arch-criminal wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is being tortured in 'Trump Tower', but manages to escape and flees to Paris in pursuit of a mysterious circus performer called Credence (Ezra Miller) and his bewitched companion Nagini (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) played fetchingly by Claudia Kim. Someone needs to stop him, and all eyes are on Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). But he is unable to do so, since he and Grindelwald are "closer than brothers" (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). So a reluctant and UK-grounded Newt Scamander...

6/10: My first IMAX viewing
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

For years I've heard about how IMAX offers a high-quality option to see the latest blockbuster, but due to having only read about the one in London, I assumed none were near me. Making plans to go Christmas shopping in Manchester, I found out that there was an IMAX at the Vue in The Print Works, which was getting a major upgrade with the brand new "IMAX Laser" format, this led to me booking a ticket for the first film to be played in the screening room.View on the film:Toning down the Steam Punk appearance of the first film which allowed it to stand (somewhat) separate from its roots, returning director David Yates & cinematographer Philippe Rousselot replace it with more of a delve into Harry Potter style Fantasy Action set-pieces, which whilst offering moments of magical thrills (Yates makes excellent use of the IMAX format to give the beasts a huge, towering appearance) does end...

8/10: You never met a monster you couldn't love
Thursday, May 23, 2019

A preponderance of characters and a story line that seems intentionally confusing may hinder your viewing pleasure here. Part of my problem is that I'm not personally invested in the wizarding world of J.K Rowling, and ran out of steam near the end of the Harry Potter series of films. So I come to the Fantastic Beasts movies with an open mind and willingness to be entertained. There seemed to be some open ended, unresolved issues at the end of this story, not surprising as there are sequels yet to come. But for all the expectations for Grimmson (Ingvar Sigurdsson) to be a dominant character here, nothing really comes of his quest to kill Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) and he disappears into the background. The character of Credence is revealed at the finale to be a Dumbledore, and the only one capable of killing his brother Albus (Jude Law), obviously necessary for the titled villain Grindelwald (Johnny Depp...

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