Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a movie that could’ve excelled if the story had decided to take steps forward and not backwards.
And it took major steps backwards, these are the issues I have with the second movie of the Fantastic Beasts Franchise.
1. Fantastic Beasts Right?
When I saw the first movie in this franchise I was in awe. A movie about the magical creatures of the wizard world? SIGN ME UP!!! However in the second movie they somewhat stay away from that, which I believe is bad for the series. The main character is Newt Scamander who is awkward, charming, and out of his element when it comes to dealing with anything other than the wonderful creatures he takes care of or runs into. In this film there was barely a peep of any new magical creatures for us to see. The ones that we do we’ve already seen in the first, I was hoping for more but we did not. It made me the movie feel very bland in a way when compared to the first.
2. Dumbledore vs Grindelwald!
Dumbledore was known to probably be the most powerful wizard in the wizard world. It was always hinted at in the Harry Potter books because people would reference this duel. I’m all for seeing this happen on the big screen, but why is this happening in a movie that’s supposed to be about magical creatures? It’s a neat story but if this was the route they were going to take then this shouldn’t have been called Fantastic Beasts.
3. The Characters.
Only two characters felt like the center of attention in this film, that was Newt and Grindelwald. Everyone else felt like they were there just because. Jacob, who is a muggle (non-wizard) and Newt’s buddy from the first film, felt like he was only there because he was in the first movie. It felt the same for all of them.
4. Five Movies.
I’m in this thing for the long haul, but five movies? Seriously? It already seemed like they were running out of things for us to follow in this movie but they’re supposed to spread this out among three other movies. I feel the rest of these movies will be very bland, but the pay off might be in the fifth movie, maybe.