Like always we promise you a spoiler-free review and this time we are telling the tale of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes us back to the magical world. The only way to keep up the exciting characters and storylines in the air is by using Wingardium Leviosa. Directed by David Yates, “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” though dense but always takes time to explore glorious moments of magic, to add levity to the grimmest moments, and to give all the characters time to shine except Nagini. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a quiet introvert who approaches every beast with love and understanding is a treat in his element. Redmayne remains as adorable as ever. He mutters his lines to his feet. When he tells Tina that she has pupils like a salamander, you wonder when he managed to make eye contact long enough to notice. “I don’t do sides,” magizoologist and protagonist Newt Scamander tells his Auror brother early in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Dumbledore, finally making an official appearance in these prequels, is a welcome return to the series. Jude Law captures the quick wit, easy charm and cloying inscrutability of the character, who is already considered one of the greatest wizards in the world. Seven minutes into the movie, Grindelwald breaks out of captivity and leads in the action. Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald added his own charm with the all the dialogues he had.
However, the film is essentially driven by two plotlines—the first follows Credence trying to find his true parents the other has Grindelwald wanting to unite all wizards and witches to establish the rule of ‘pure-bloods’. On different occasions, the film reminds you of the Harry Potter series. For instance, in one of the scenes when Newt reminisces about Tina and says she has Salamander’s eyes, it instantly takes you back to the cult phrase, ‘Harry, you have your mother’s eyes’.
The biggest disappointment in this movie is the injustice done to Nagini’s character, who is cursed to gradually transform permanently into a giant snake introduced as a sideshow attraction at a magical circus, then gets precious little opportunity to reveal who she really is, foreshadowing how she reaches Voldemort.
The best and the most special scene in the whole movie is when it took us back into the Hogwarts. And oh, the adrenaline rush which the felt on hearing the Harry Potter’s theme music. AH! Undoubtedly, the scene made us relive a number of memories and was a visual as well as a musical treat for all the Potterheads. Also, the ending of the movie was the most shocking turn and definitely left us confused but then that’s the beauty of the cliffhanger endings. You just have to wait for the next movie in the Fantastic Beasts franchise to release which would happen in 2020.
The Crimes of Grindelwald is a build-up for fans as J.K. Rowling prepares us for a greater war between Grindelwald and Dumbledore. Why should you watch it? To quote Grindelwald, “Because you crave for something new.” This potter cinematic family tree was worth cultivating.
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