Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Eddie Redmayne reprises his role as Newt Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the textbook we first saw in the Harry Potter series. Set decades before Harry was born, the Fantastic Beasts films focus on Newt as he is sent by Albus Dumbledore to stop the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald in his quest for total control of all muggles and magical beings.
Jude Law returns as a young Dumbledore, and Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, who, as he threatened he would do at the end of the first film, has escaped custody and is recruiting followers at every turn to help him fulfil his lifelong dream of pure-blood wizards reigning over all the world. Newt, his muggle friend Dan and Tina Goldstein from the Ministry of Magic (played by Katherine Waterston) go on an epic chase for Grindelwald through Paris of the 1920s, and the set designs, special effects and costumes are just as magical as you’d expect.
This is one for true JK Rowling fans, and those who like well-made, big-budget adventure movies.
CNN.com says, “Fantastic Beasts doesn’t scrimp on the action, with enough battles, chases and imaginative production design and creatures – augmented by a particularly good James Newton Howard score – to occupy those Muggles who mostly just like to see stuff blow up.”
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IMDB rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 37%