Sunday, August 18, 2019

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review | AIB

The wait is over and one of the most anticipated films of the year, finally arrives in the movie theaters, I speak of the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is much awaited by fans to know the origins of this magical world and finally we will see in an adaptation of the movie.

Also, it is exciting every time a film of this franchise reaches the theater because it envelops us in its magic and takes us to the center of this magical world with its codes, spells, secrets and in this case, the fantastic beasts that can only exist in this universe.

The movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is simply fantastic and has all the magic of the world of Harry Potter. But the best thing is that it does not compete with the other stories, and on the contrary, it adds a lot of information to this franchise, besides answering many questions that were in the air about the history in general, also raise us more questions that we will be solving as this new spin-off develops.


The Crimes of Grindelwald

The Ministry of Magic has captured the fearsome Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), this implacable magician who wants to rule the two worlds, that of magic and non-magic. Everything will go well, until Grindelwald manages to escape, making Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) have to look for him, and another key piece of this puzzle, Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) who is a piece will decide the victory in this war.

At least three characters in the film go on hunts: Queenie, Grindelwald and Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), the powerful and volatile orphan who spends much of the film looking for answers to his identity. It is the Anakin Skywalker of “Fantastic Beasts,” whose soul is in dispute between both sides.

The Crimes of Grindelwald

If all this sounds like too much, it is, and we have not even mentioned Jude Law as the young Albus Dumbledore, who looks exceptionally handsome with his beard to the ZZ-Top. But we spent a little time with him as well as with so many other characters that, for credit of the film, we crave to know more, like Jacob de Fogler. There is a flashback that reveals an old relationship, perhaps of sexual dyes, between Dumbledore and Grindelwald; this would be the most intriguing revelation of the film, which remains as bait for future installments of the saga.

Sibling relationships are everywhere in The Crimes of Grindelwald. As in the homes of Hogwarts, Rowling rejoices in duality and the play between light and dark. Even within the Aurors there are opposing methods to apply the law to the threat. And in the midst of all this Newt is presented as an emblem of tolerance: he believes that each beast can be tamed and that each trauma can be healed.

In fact, the only real crime of The Crimes of Grindelwald is the abundance of details. Moving from New York to London and Paris (with magic ministries in each city), the latest chapter in the Rowling saga before Harry Potter feels so eager to be out of Hogwarts (who also appears in the film) who refuses to focus on one place.

Rowling’s only source before entering the cinematic universe of Fantastic Beasts was a short book from 2001 disguised as Hogwarts text. But with this, she has created an impressively vast and convulsive world that is not afraid to explore the darkness under its enchanting exterior. And with Yates again in command, The Crimes of Grindelwald is usually dazzling, at times amazing and always atmospheric, but also a bit disastrous. Even magical cases can sometimes be overweight. In addition, it highlights a script that opts more for the drama and the thriller, blurring the comedy a bit, although it is still very present.

Review overview



More than two hours of the feature film that will delight fans of the Rowling universe. The rest, those who are not willing to go through platform 9 and 3/4, 'Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald' will seem an entertaining and friendly film, maybe too childish and for a niche audience.

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