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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander...  View more >

Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol...  View more >

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Nov 20, 2018
I've been a big supporter of the Harry Potter series. I like every movie including the first Fantastic Beasts movie. Until this movie. "Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald" lacks magic and fun. the movie has too many plots and although I like the end, the film overall is boring. even Johnny Depp's villain role is dull. The only good moment that came out of this movie is the scenes at Hogwart School that will bring back those who fondly follow the series. I was interested in the new Fantastic Beast movie, but toward the end of the movie, I was in my seat tired and losing intrest in the movie. A real let down.
Nov 30, 2018
This movie is both satisfying and unsatisfying at once, better than the first, but not as good, and it leaves the viewer wanting more. This final attribute could be seen as a positive, but it's more a result of a feeling that we need more to go on before it can be appreciated on its own.

Such is the lament of movies in the middle of franchises. This is no "Empire Strikes Back" or "Aliens" -- it's more "Back the Future 2". Not bad, but not a satisfying standalone movie by any stretch.

I read a comment somewhere that there's likely a 6-hour version of this movie somewhere that gives everything in this movie a chance to be explained and enjoyed. There are just so many plot threads that are touched upon but then abandoned. So many characters that could have more to them. So little of the Beasts that should be the hallmark of this subsection of the Harry Potter universe.

I ended up seeing this movie twice in its first week of release, which was helpful because I did catch a few things I had missed the first time around, but I can't say that it was better the second time. It's not a bad movie. I wasn't bored or disinterested. But I wasn't excited by it either. But I also may not be part of the target demographic, as I did not grow up reading the Harry Potter novels.

All these comments might lead you to believe that it deserves something less than a "Good" rating, but I will make a withdrawal from the goodwill that the Harry Potter franchise built up and hope that subsequent installments will make the entire series better as a whole.

I just hope that the entire story is able to be told on the big screen. I would hate for the box office results to get to the point where the studio is not willing to finish them out (a la the Divergent movies). Let's hope the next installment does as well or (hopefully) better at revisiting the characters of Fantastic Beasts and starts to focus the story into something that we'll all be invested in by the time #5 comes along.

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