Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 fantasy film. It is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series, which is a spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise.
In 1927, a notorious dark wizard known as Gellert Grindelwald is arrested and is being transported to Europe to be put on trial for his crimes. Grindelwald manages to escape with the help of Abernathy, a former employee of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore hear about this, and they attempt to take down Grindelwald themselves.
- The plot is confusing and difficult to follow due to there being too many sub-plots about different characters.
- Despite all these sub-plots resulting in many different things happening, barely anything interesting happens in any of them, making the movie boring.
- Some of these sub-plots revolve around poorly written characters not much people will care for, which isn't helping matters.
- Another problem with the plot is that it focused too much on Easter-eggs and references to the older Harry Potter films rather than the actual plot.
- Plenty of illogical scenes. Some examples include:
- In the intro, Grindelwald is being transported from a prison in the US to a prison in Europe using a flying horse carriage. This not only sounds like it would take days, but as seen in the movies, there are far faster ways for transportation, such as using a portkey.
- It was actually Abernathy who got arrested in the beginning, who was disguising himself as Grindelwald. Grindelwald disguises himself as Abernathy when freeing him. Why/how was Abernathy still in his disguise even after getting arrested? What was the point of Grindelwald disguising himself as Abernathy?
- Newt has been prohibited from traveling to other countries, but this plot device is quickly forgotten about as Newt travels to other countries without punishment.
- Rather than letting the plot flow normally, the movie tells us what the plot is through a discussion by a bunch of characters towards the beginning of the film.
- As mentioned above, many of the characters are poorly written and forgettable.
- Slow pacing which causes the film to be unnecessarily long, which contributes to the boredom.
- Grindelwald is one of the worst, if not the worst villain in the franchise. He has a bland personality, his goals are forgettable, and looks like a moron. Even though Johnny Depp was good portraying him, it wasn't enough to make Grindelwald a great villain.
- Although the title made it sound like we would see many of the heinous crimes Grindelwald committed, he doesn't appear that much and barely commits any crimes when he does appear.
- Speaking of the title, the film doesn't focus on creatures from the franchise at all unlike the first Fantastic Beasts film, which is misleading.
- Despite Albus Dumbledore being shown as one of the main supportive protagonists, he barely even gets enough screentime to be a supporting character, making him pointless.
- As with any Harry Potter film, the visual effects are great.
- Good soundtrack.
- Multiple good performances, especially Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was met with mixed reception, and is widely considered to be the worst film in the Harry Potter franchise. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a critic approval rating of 37%, making it the only Harry Potter film to have a "rotten" score, while the audience approval rating was a 56%. It is also the lowest rated Harry Potter film on Metacritic, with a critic score of 52/100 and a user score of 5.7/10. IMBD also has it as the lowest rated film in the franchise, with a score of 6.6/10.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald grossed around $653.8 million, making it the lowest grossing Harry Potter film so far.