If you may have not known, the anticipated sequel of J.R Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” was released, with its title being “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”. Before you go on, please be warned that this review may contain some spoilers from the movie. If you don’t want to be spoiled, however, want to know if the movie is worth your hard-earned money, let me tell you now: IT’S NOT. And let me tell you why. I only sip facts.
Going into the movie, I was so excited. The first “Fantastic Beasts” was a pure gem, a prequel so very perfect in every way possible. The plot, the characters and the CGI was one of the best that I have ever seen in a while. But I should have known.
I should have known from my experience of watching “Avengers: Infinity War” or “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” that the second movie was not going to meet my expectations as the first one did, especially since that there will be three more movies of Newt Scamander after this one. But I couldn’t help but hope anyways.
One of the things that let me down real hard was Johnny Depp’s acting. When the movie started, Johnny Depp’s acting and portrayal of the character didn’t bother me at all. However, as the movie progressed, it was clear to me that he didn’t fit the role.
His sleazy accent to his lazy appearance that he brought to screen perfectly fit the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, not the evil and wicked force of Grindelwald that I was imagining. I felt like watching one of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies again, but worse, since Johnny Depp wasn’t even as good looking. The second major thing that was a huge disappointment was the storyline. Or should I say the lack of it. Seriously. What is up with movies with no plot or good storylines? If you asked me what the plot was right now, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. Not because I don’t want to spoil it – but because I can’t remember. That’s how lacking it was. Of course, I remember some cute parts, like when Newt told Tina that her eyes looked like a salamander’s eyes (watch the movie for the reference!!), but other than that, there wasn’t much going on. Nothing changed since the end of “Fantastic Beasts” except for the “grand reveal” (which made no sense at all) that Credence is alive and that he is related with Dumbledore.
Overall, if I had to describe this movie in one word, it would be disappointment. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” was a disappointment to the cinematic universe, to me, and most of all – a disappointment to the Harry Potter Franchise.