Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald



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I really enjoyed this movie!  I went Saturday night with my Mom, Sister, and Brother.  My Sister and I are huge Harry Potter fans and we both loved it.  My Mom, who has seen most of the movies but never read the books, was a little confused in parts, but enjoyed it overall.  My brother, who is 11 and hasn’t read any of the books or seen any of the movies, was bored out of his mind.

Crimes of Grindelwald is slower than most HP films; there was a lot of intrigue but not a lot of action.  My Brother, being both 11 years old and knowing nothing about HP found all of this uninteresting.  He enjoyed the magic and the creatures, but not much else.  I, on the other hand, thought the story was very interesting and am now super excited for the next movie!!

The title is a little bit misleading.  For a movie titled “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” there were very few fantastic beasts.  The couple beasts that did make an appearance were really cool, but I don’t feel like it was a “Fantastic Beasts” movie.  It seemed like they are telling Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s story through Newt’s perspective, but it would have made more sense to give Newt his own storyline and then create a Grindelwald/Dumbledore triology on its own.  I would love to see Newt going around on adventures catching crazy beasts!! But I also do want to see what happens between Grindelwald and Dumbledore!

I think they did an excellent job casting in this movie! Jude Law as young Dumbledore was a lot of fun! And I love Eddie Redmayne as Newt!!!  I really just want to see more of the two of them!!

So overall I loved the movie but think it was branded wrong.  I think they should have separated out Newt into his own story and made this one just a Grindelwald and Dumbledore story.  That way we could have even more Harry Potter stuff!! But I still loved the movie and want to watch it again!!

Update: I posted this a little over an hour ago and completely forgot to mention that the movie gave me a motion headache.  (As in when I get motion sickness it manifests itself in a headache right between my eyes) Some of the action scenes were blurry and too quick that my eyes couldn’t track what was going on, causing a headache.  There was also a couple scenes where the camera was bouncing which I thought was really weird and poorly done.  I was in the back of the theater and it was just a regular digital showing (not 3D), so I shouldn’t have been effected that much!

16 thoughts on “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

  1. Definitely agree about the branding! I’d love a movie that was straight the Dumbledore/Grindelwald story or if Warner is really going through with a streaming service a series if it had to be. I still think you could get Depp and Law… who will now forever be my interpretation of Dumbledore. Glad you enjoyed the film.

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    1. I’m kind of tired of series right now haha. With 7 movies out already I think a full series would just be stretching it too much. I hope they stick to books and movies! And yes I loved Law as Dumbledore. He will forever be Dumbledore now 😀


  2. Ooh I want to see this. I’m a little leery of stories in the HP world, just because I love the originals so much, but I’d live to learn more about a young Dumbledore!


  3. I really loved the movie. I liked your review and i respect the points you discussed. I actually reviewed this particular movie myself. if you would like, you can check my blog for the latest reviews of new released movies.

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  4. “I think they should have separated out Newt into his own story and made this one just a Grindelwald and Dumbledore story.”

    THIS. You nailed it for me. Like, I have THOUGHTS on where they took the whole direction of this series of films (long story short, I was really hoping for a series of Indiana Jones’-esque adventure films with Newt exploring different parts of the wizarding world while looking for beasts–but instead we got Harry Potter Redux).

    Ok, so like, I didn’t dislike this movie. I thought it was perfectly fine. But I feel like it’s a rehash of stuff already been done and also that the whole Grindelwald story is taking away from Newt’s story.

    The major shining light for me here is Newt’s character! I love the way he’s portrayed.

    Anywho. 🙂

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    1. EXACTLY!!!!! “Indiana Jones’-esque adventure films with Newt exploring different parts of the wizarding world while looking for beasts” is exactly what I was hoping for! I think we feel the same way about this. 😀 now if we could only get J.K. and the producers on the same page at us 😉

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  5. I just watched it yesterday and I feel neutral. I agree with eh branding and I think it would have been better to have their history in movies than a Newt and their story. I feel this kind of fan servicish? Like: “oh! Everyone loved Eddie! Let’s get together this and someone else… oh Dumbledore! Oh and everyone is dying for Ezra! So let’s revive him! And who doesn’t love a love story? Let’s add that too!” Maybe is me but I felt it forced? And I agree with your brother I missed the action and the cover fights! Haha

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    1. Valid points! There was a lot that was thrown in there for the sake of adding more fan favorites. I know a lot of people thought it felt forced. When I saw it I didn’t think of it as forced but I can see why everyone thinks that!


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