“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” belongs in the same category as Star Wars: Episode 1, 2, and 3 and the 3 Hobbit films, it was not necessary. The describe the plot of the film, it would take more than the allotted word count I have for this review and there in lies this films problem. Suffering from the problem I had with the first film, there are too many stories going on, too many subplots happening that it becomes just a muddled mess. The film opens with Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) a dangerous wizard who has the power of persuasion to get people to follow him, escaping from his transferred from America to Europe. His mission is that he wants to kill all the muggles. Dumbledore(Jude Law), who has a connection to Grindelwald, sends Newt (Eddie Redmayne) to try to stop him and also find Credence (Ezra Miller). In between, there are plots that are not needed and bog down the film.
The film, which before being released, touted that it would explore Dumbledore’s sexuality pulled a “Beauty and the Beast” move and just barely even hinted at it. The one thing the film does have going for it is the CGI (saw the press screening in IMAX) and the creatures that Newt looks after. I found them more engaging than the human characters. Skip this film even if you are a Potterheads.
Words by Russell Boaz