- Origin: 19/25
- Story: 10/25
- Camera/SFX: 18/25
- Performance: 22/25
The powerful dark wizard Grindelwald has escaped from prison and has set out his task to rule over the non-magical world with the help of his pure-blood wizards. At the same time Credence is trying to discover his true identity and crosses path with Grindelwald. The ministry of magic fears the worst, they try to recruit Newt Scamander to help stop the dark wizard, but his mind is on other things, however he too crosses paths with Grindelwald.
- Rated: PG-13
- Genre: Action and Adventure, Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Directed by: David Yates
- Written by: J.K. Rowling
- Release date: 16th November, 2018 (Wide)
- Length: 134 minutes
- Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
|Carmen Ejogo||Seraphina Picquery|
|Eddie Redmayne||Newt Scamander|
|Zoë Kravitz||Leta Lestrange|
|Callum Turner||Theseus Scamander|
|Derek Riddell||Torquil Travers|
|Cornell John||Arnold Guzman|
|Ezra Miller||Credence Barebone|
|Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson||Grimmson|
|Dan Fogler||Jacob Kowalski|
|Alison Sudol||Queenie Goldstein|
|Jude Law||Albus Dumbledore|
|Katherine Waterston||Tina Goldstein|
I was pleased to see the different areas of the wizarding world, like the different ministries. It gave the audience the chance to explore this vast world, however it possibly attempted to fit to much in. Like the locations, they introduced us to some new creatures. I liked how the creatures had a different dynamic to the last film; for example the Zouwu had its own custom toy to lure it into the suitcase. However, for something that is about Fantastic Beast they do lack them sometimes. But what made me happy the most was how the movie introduced new magic and techniques; for instance when Newt was looking for Porpentina Goldstein he used different methods of finding out what happened and where she went. It created a fun dynamic that was fresh for the audience to see.
One issue for many Potter fans is the cameo of Professor Minerva McGonagall: the film is set in 1927 and has a flashback to when Leta Lestrange was at Hogwarts, you see the professor chancing after her in the background. The problem is that McGonangall was born on 4th October, 1935, this means that it could not be possible for her to be there teaching. Many die hard fans were quick to pick this up and express their annoyance.
The film does a good job at making the wider audience feel included. However, for committed fans of the series it lacked the magic they were looking for and at times it felt disconnected.
For me, he major downside to the film is its narrative: it struggles to connect itself to the rest of the wizarding world, some say it could have been a stand alone film in another world. But I think if they focused more on their characters they would of had a better film because the film confusingly darts back and forth between Newt and Credence, this confusion creates a lack of tension. On top of that, Grindelwald (Played by Johnny Depp) doesn’t really seem to be a threat. In past instalments the villain makes an impact into the lives around them, however Grindelwald simply escapes prison and makes a speech at a gathering. Many fear that it was a money grabbing attempt rather than doing it right for the fans.
With the very well done CGI Dumbledore wand, it seems the team of Fantastic Beasts have done a good job at removing errors and creating lifelike creatures. With the addition of the Zouwu, the special effects had to be good, the animals are one of the main focus of the story and need to be treated with care. However nothing as outside the box and it wouldn’t have amazed the hardcore fans.
The shots allowed great perspective of the the scene. Especially the gritty killing curse near the start, switching the view to Grindelwald rather than the victim.
All in all the effects were greatly similar to the past films, which is good, but there was nothing out of this world through most of the story, apart from the ending with the massive flaming dragon spell which was a sight to see.
Even with the accent, Johnny Depp does a good job at bringing the character to life and making him an interesting adversary for the heroes.
Eddie Redmayne once again performs amazingly. His lonesome and innocent character (Newt Scamander) allows the audience to get behind someone they really like, its interesting to see how the character copes with the ever growing war and keeping his beasts safe.
Both Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange) and Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone) give a consistent and convincing performance that does well to shroud their characters mysterious origins.
Overall the cast do very well to act out all scenes and so the failure isn’t down to their talent.