FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD (2018) Review
Directed by David Yates
It’s obvious that J. K. Rowling still has a lot of stories to offer, the characters in the Wizarding World are too rich to just be within the 7 Harry Potter novels. But do we really need more stories from the magical world she created? Well, with the sequel of Fantastic Beasts, there’s a lot going on, more story arcs than one can absorb but as the film ends, you want more of it.
The film is overstuffed with answers that lead to more questions about the wizarding world and its characters. You get to see more creatures, and introduced to more characters that will make you think about your knowledge about the Harry Potter saga: were these characters mentioned? Were they related to someone? It’s definitely a lot to process and it’s giving more information while you’re still processing.
I get that it wants to widen the scope of the story, maybe the next three installments will be easier to absorb? But then again, as a Potterhead myself, everything is food for my soul. This installment is actually more exciting than its predecessor. It gives more reasons to look forward to what’s coming next.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is overstuffed, but the revelations it unfolds make you want more. It’s visually breathtaking and Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander is just perfect. There are more reasons to love the film than mind its flaws after seeing it.
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is now showing in cinemas in 3D, 4D and IMAX 3D nationwide. Rated PG by the MTRCB.