Thursday, November 15, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Movie Review

Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The Price of Fame

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne.) But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. Directed by David Yates.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was our #6 best film of 2016... a delightful blend of charm, imagination and wonder. Two years (and one sequel) later, I have to ask, could this be the beginning of the end for the Wizarding World franchise? Probably not, but someone(s) has a lot of explaining to do. Bid adieu to the energetic hustle and bustle of 1920s New York City, replaced by long, boring walks through endless Parisian pastures, mixed in with cheesy monsters and the suffocating air of pending/unnecessary doom. Perhaps it's time to start all over again?

Grade: C-