Warning: spoilers before the movie 2016 Fantastic beasts and where to find them .
Even in their earliest, most child-friendly days, J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter Books were never particularly easy. From the beginning, they introduced a crowded cast and a busy, messy world. And while their characters often got into basic stereotypes or more like story pegs and accessories for protagonists than humans, there were certainly many. It was an early indication that as she continued to expand the world, she would go deep into her story to find out how the connections between people in the past influenced the present and future of the series.
The latest movie in Rowling's Potterverse ̵
Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, a clumsy sorcerer obsessed with collecting magical animals and protecting the wizarding world as pests or dangers. One year after the events of Fantastic Beast's (19459006) of 2016, Newt has been back out of London and been excluded from international travel because of his involvement in a series of devastating events in America. The Ministry of Magic, which oversees magicians and their interactions with the magical (or "muggle" or "no-maj") world, wants them to join their ranks and help them hunt down the dangerous wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp ). But Newt has no interest in taking sides, especially since he would work directly with his brother Theseus (Callum Turner) and other people whom he considers bullying and bureaucrats.
Meanwhile, Grindelwald has fled his American prison to gather wizards who sympathize with his desire to take over both the wizarding world and the worldly world. His plot revolves around manipulating Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) and making friends with him. The supposed orphan, revealed in the last movie as the host of an immensely powerful, dangerous creature that emerges when sufficiently excited. Grindelwald's plans essentially refer to "Tell Credence, who is his real family," but it's hard to tell how the plot evolves, with seemingly endless characters and complications. Alongside other key figures, Theseus Leta Lestrange's fiancé (Zoë Kravitz) is searching for her own family truths, the powerful mind reader Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol) wants the freedom to marry her muggle friend Jacob (Dan Fogler) and Queenie's sister Porpentina (Katherine Waterston ) is still trying to hunt for credibility. And then there are more fringe characters who rush into the action, including the accursed snake wife Nagini (Claudia Kim) and the French-African wizard Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam), who tries to make an old family wrong.
A Surprising Number These personal conspiracies have come to nothing in Crimes of Grindelwald except for a long series of final films revealing that the truth is being entangled just in time to disentangle it. Much of the movie is just characters looking for each other and meeting in a rush between action-set pieces. There is a forced activity in the film, an attempt to keep everyone on their toes, while Grindelwald sets off for a final meeting, at which Grindelwald gives a speech.
For a long time Harry Potter Addicts, there are certainly some fan candies that are worthy of mention, from the eventual revelation of the bloodline from Credence to to some educational scenes with a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). And then comes Nicolas Flamel (Brontis Jodorowsky, son of the surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky). Flamel was a deep background character in Rowling's (19459005) Harry Potter novels, and his arrival here seems inevitable and a joke to readers. (This is the equivalent of Marvel Studios' habit of referencing obscure comics characters in background jokes in blockbuster movies.)
The problem is that Flamel does not do this In history there is really nothing to do – a topic that relates to many crimes of Grindelwald . Grindelwald is surrounded by flunkies without personality and purpose. The decision to rewrite Nagini as a shapeshifting woman, once seen as the snake-mate of Harry Potter villain Voldemort, provoked angry online protests, especially when a South Korean actor was cast in the role. More significantly, however, she spends a lot of time on the screen and does not contribute to the story, except for painful looks and occasionally ineffective protest. Jacob, last seen at the end Fantastic Beasts who has destroyed his experiences with the wizarding world, is back for magical adventures. Apparently, for some stupid reasons, the mumbling of words did not shake hands, which shied away his wonderful melancholy farewell moment. But again, he's just a loud set of suits that is constantly at odds with Queenie, but unable to make a difference to her than anything but an excuse for action. There are many moving parts in this film, and too many of them move without purpose.
Many problems, however, are simply due to the fact that the entire movie is still going to clear its throat, causing a conflict. Planned as the second of five Fantastic Beasts films, Crime by Grindelwald only wants to bring a few pieces to the table for later fights and to move the existing pieces a bit. Almost none of the actual action scenes matter. At one point, there is a complete infiltration mission that leads to a major combat and pursuit sequence. So a handful of characters can learn that the MacGuffin they're chasing is actually in another castle. The story is more dignified and tonally more consistent than in the last movie – Redmayne never has to do another butt-erumpet seduction dance – but much of it happens just like the fieriest moments of Fantastic Beasts
At least this weightless action looks exciting on the screen. After five previous Harry Potter franchise films, director David Yates became a household name at the time. The computer-generated creatures in this film are well-executed and incredibly solid, and the chases and confrontations that trigger them feel real. At this point, Rowling's wizarding world has its own distinctive appearance, and the latest installment of its run fills its place further, with more Niffler treasures stealing a treasure, a short but wild ride with a kelpie that looks like a giant seaweed horse and the Zouwu, a huge, growling cat with a disheveled tail that looks like a whole troupe of Brazilian flag dancers on a parade. In this movie is a big fantasy spectacle in progress.
And, strangely, Grindelwald's crimes feel less emotionally darker and more painful than Fantastic Beasts though Grindelwald does everything to increase the narrative posts. Depp's staggering rogue comes with a certain courageous murder, and his entire plan involves escalating the threat of war between wizard and muggles. But that's a pretty small threat, as this is a prequel, and anyone interested in these films probably already knows all about the final evolution of the story. Apart from Leta, who deepens the film into a personal tragedy, most of the characters seem to be less plagued by paralytic misery than in the previous film. The growing danger has given returning characters such as Newt, Tina and Jacob a purpose beyond their personal obsessions, and while the film fights for a meaningful focus, the protagonists feel at least more defined and energetic than before.
This is certainly a necessary step for a series that still has three films in it and is currently not very impelling. For the reputable fans for whom this series is intended, the promise of at least six more hours of action Fantastic Beasts is likely to bring many more exciting beasts, barriers and beats to explore. Anyone can see that all the little personal things of the character business and the hectic complications are no substitute for a clear and convincing conspiracy with a single significant protagonist. For all the dangers of Chosen One stories, such as the Harry Potter books, they have at least one central focus. Crime of Grindelwald takes the focus of Newt and puts him on the vast world of his background figures, taking some restless steps away from any sense of center.