Friday, November 16, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Movie Review 2.5/5 Stars)

By Hamza Shafique (Instagram / Facebook)

Hollywood these days is all about cinematic universes we have MCU, DC universe, Monsterverse, StarWars universe etc. and the thing about such movies is that audience already has a set of expectations. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald belongs to Wizarding World and is the second instalment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, and the tenth overall considering the Harry Potter film series. As an audience my expectations with the Wizarding World movies are adventurous storyline, unique Wizarding world elements (flying brooms, mysterious creatures etc.) and Magic, lots of CGI, wand waving, unique chanting driven Magic. Do we get all that with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”? my answer is Yes but maybe not in a balanced format.

This movie is visually brilliant with grest direction. CGIed beasts and the magic world they live in, are amazing and creates a world that you want to see when you go for a movie like this. I liked all the performances, each and every character stands out. Jude Law for me is the highlight as Albus Dumbledore. Everything is just on-point in this movie except script.

Script/screenplay has everything that you would expect from a wizarding word movie but basic problem with JK Rowling’s script is that it does not focus on the storyline of Newt Scamander instead gives you so many subplots and so many characters with individual story arcs that as an audience you never connect to anyone. It's like going to Harry Potter movie instead of watching Harry Potter's adventure you end up watching Hermione’s adventure. 

It's not like we don't not like Hermione, but we came to watch a Harry Potter show because of this you never really connect to the characters and due to lack of this connection movie does get boring in parts. Also, there was not enough of Albus Dumbledore, you can’t advertise him in trailers and not give his character a big magical moment. I guess JK Rowling story got lost in setting up the scene for next installment and hence we get a very loaded confusing unbalanced product.

Did I enjoy the film? Yes, overall this movie is enjoyable but also at the same time feels incomplete like first half of a film only. I understand makers are trying to setup the foundation for the final installment of the trilogy and epic Dumbledore vs Grindelwald battle but at the same time, a film part of a franchise should always feel like a complete standalone movie as well, which is missing here.
For people who are fan of this franchise it’s a must watch and will be an entertaining experience as well but for the rest it could be a tricky ride. I go with 2.5 stars. 

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