I was not a huge fan of the first Fantastic Beasts, but after seeing the trailer for this one, I was excited but I left pretty disappointed with this, even more than the first. The biggest problem is that there are too many storylines going on, and the narrative cannot balance them very well. In the previous movie, I was invested in the characters despite not being that big a fan of the movie, but here the motivations for their storylines were not interesting and I was not invested in the characters because of that. The only characters I felt investment in were Credence and Nagini because their relationship and storyline felt genuine.
There are some positives. Specifically, Jude Law as Dumbledore, the visual effects and musical score, but overall, this movie felt like it only exists simply to set up the next movie rather than stand on its own.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second prequel to the popular Harry Potter series of films and finds the Magizoologist Newt Scamander who, along with some friends and allies, tries to thwart the evil plot for world domination in progress by the charismatic dark mage, Gellert Grindelwald. Many tie-ins to what happens with Hogwarts and its young students abound, along with various strange creatures, chases, and menaces! At times confusing and a bit underwhelming after so many prior films, it nevertheless dutifully fills in some blanks for those fans who want every plot-hole addressed and can't get enough of the magical world J. K. Rowling created.Erik M.
Continuity mistake: After Dumbledore gives Newt the card for the safe house in Paris, they teleport to a bridge where they continue talking. Dumbledore then tells Newt why he likes him so much, and in the side shots, Newt is shown holding the card up. When it cuts to angles from behind Dumbledore's shoulders, his arm and hand are much lower with the card and his head turned in a different position. (00:20:35)Quantom X
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