Hello again, blog lovers! So…the review this time around is for the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series, The Crimes of Grindelwald. It stars (like the last one) Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Ezra Miller as Creedence, and Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, with the new addition of Jude Law as a young Dumbledore.
People…it pains me to say this, it really does. This movie wasn’t my favorite. I think casual fans of Harry Potter or people who are entering the Wizarding World for the first time (welcome to the cult, we have butterbeer) will enjoy this a lot more than hardcore fans will. The graphics are amazing, there are some moments of genuine humor and heart, and the story is compelling.
However…I am a hardcore fan. I believed I was the American version of Hermione Granger for the first ten years of my life. Because of this, I couldn’t fully enjoy this movie. The first Fantastic Beasts movie was enjoyable. It was cool to learn about the American side of the Wizarding World as well as what it was like before Harry Potter’s existence. But things are starting to get out of hand here.
First of all, the whole Nagini thing bothers me and this is part of the problem with this series. Without spoiling anything, audiences are made to sympathize with a character who was canonically known to be evil for over 20 years. It just overcomplicates things. Just let the snake be a snake!
Secondly, Queenie’s change in character bothers me. She is one of the only consistently bright spots in this series and she is preyed upon because of it. I understand why the writers found this susceptibility in her character, but again…unnecessary. Can’t Grindelwald be evil without her being involved?
Finally, and this is probably my largest pet peeve, the ending. What in God’s name were the last few minutes of this movie? I can’t even begin to tell you about it because it’s just that inconceivably strange. Again, I will try to say this without it being a spoiler, but let’s get one thing straight- no one by the name revealed at the end of the movie exists in the Harry Potter universe. Therefore the character’s true identity is either a) a nephew, b) some super distant relation, or c), and what I think is the most likely, IT IS A COMPLETE LIE. Grindelwald will say anything to gain Creedence’s trust. I don’t believe a word of it.
But readers, this blogger is in too deep. I am obligated to see the next one when it comes out just to see how in the world they plan on resolving this. I’m honestly starting to get upset with Warner Brothers for even making this series, which I HATE to say because Harry Potter was and still is a huge part of my life and a truly wonderful interpretation of the books I fell in love with. But this is starting to seem less like a fun new side to the Harry Potter world and more like a cash cow. Between you, me, and the ghostlight, I’ll be seeing the next installment, but begrudgingly. And after that…who knows.
Until next time, blog lovers! Maybe I’ll actually get back to book or show reviews soon, the holidays are coming up! Have a happy Thanksgiving!