Movie Review – ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Two years ago, I saw the 2016 movie, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ at the cinema! I enjoyed that movie and found it a great, worthwhile viewing experience of entertainment. Yesterday, I saw the sequel to the film, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, at the cinema.

I hadn’t seen ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ in a long time, since I only saw it once at the cinema. I hoped I wouldn’t have a problem getting into watching ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’. Thankfully, I was able to get back into the ‘Wizarding World’ by J.K. Rowling in this film.

I enjoyed watching the second film of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series. However, I don’t think the second film is as good as the first film. For one thing, the film was rather complex in places and there was a lot of exposition and talking between characters. Not enough action was happening as you would expect.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m not a ‘Harry Potter’ fan and I’m not invested as I am with other film series I’ve enjoyed over the years. The film’s not terrible by any means, but I couldn’t help feel it ended on this anti-climax, especially when certain plot points are unresolved with certain characters.

It’s almost like things are being set up for the next film in the series with the villain not being defeated and one of our hero characters turning to the dark side. I hope the plot points with characters will get resolved in the next installment. It’s just it made this second film underwhelming.

It was nice to see returning characters back for the second film. Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander and is great in his performance. There’s also Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski and Alison Sudol as Queen Goldstein. Sadly, one of these four turns to the dark side.

There’s also Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, who will later become Harry Potter’s teacher and mentor in the ‘Harry Potter’ series. It was nice to see Dumbledore as a young man and it was nice to see Hogwarts in this. There’s also Johnny Depp as the villainous Grindelwald who I wish we saw more of.

I did enjoy the 1920s setting again with this movie as with the first ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie. It was also fun to go from New York to London to Paris through the Wizarding World. It was also interesting to see how more of the Wizarding World was explored in these places as well as the Fantastc Beasts.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is okay as a film, but it’s not as good as the first ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie. I enjoyed seeing it at the cinema, but it left me underwhelmed with plot points and character arcs unresolved. I suppose they’ll be answered in the next movie of this series.

When ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ ended, I was like, “Is that it?”

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


2 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

  1. Timelord007

    My cousins wife a huge fan Harry Potter & the first Fantastic Beasts movie & she knows this universe like we do Doctor Who & she said this film was a huge disappointment.

    I’ve not read any good reviews about this film I think it’s another stop gap film to get to the next film instead of making this one great.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Ah! Well, I’m glad your cousin’s wife is into the ‘Harry Potter’ universe and she didn’t find the second ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film impressive as the first film. It’s not just on the side of the non-‘Harry Potter’ fans like myself.

      I did enjoyed the second ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film when I saw it at the cinema, but yeah it hasn’t been getting good reviews or ratings. I just saw a review of the movie by Mark Kermode on the BBC News Film Review programme about the movie. He more or less says what I felt about the movie, especially with setting things up for the third film. I’m glad things are set up for the next instalment, but again it’s not an underwhelming result I want in a second movie.

      Thanks for your comments, Simon.

      Tim. 🙂



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