Fantastic Beasts: The crimes of Grindelwald

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By temperament a recluse, British author Joanne Murray famously known as JK Rowling created a concept that caught fancy of the public as well as film-makers. The central idea gave way to a string of sequels that became very popular. The film is a joint British and American production and is the sequel to the 2016 production Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and is the second installment in the Fantastic Beast film series and overall the tenth in the Wizarding World franchise. The concept has been a money-spinner through and through and the niche of Harry Potter has been solidly established.

The film features a star cast headed by Jude Law and Johnny Depp indicating that the genre has attracted high-level performers. The narrative describes principal characters Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore attempting to take down the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald while facing new threats in a more divided Wizarding world. The film-makers feel that such fantasy concepts are very well received by film-goers and they are capitalised.

The general impression is that the film is a cluttered expansion of Harry Potter enterprise and this view is not surprising because JK Rowling has not much to offer except variations of Harry Potter concept. The film is full of multiple plot twists, loud noises and multihued magical nebulae. Despite these devices the film hardly creates a feeling of tension or a sense of adventure. It gives the impression of moving one part of the puzzle to the other without causing any excitement.

The film’s excessive plotting is its basic shortcoming that confuses audiences and fails to create a final impact. Aggressive editing is now the hallmark of Hollywood therefore any film is assuredly racy. The underlying idea is to expose the power-hungry populist image considered quite prevalent in the current world. The concept is close to real life perceptions and evokes chilly feelings of being almost real.

The film premiered in Paris on 8 November 2018 and was released worldwide on 16 November 2018, in Real D 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX and ScreenX and grossed over $440 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised its entertainment value, as well as the direction and performances particularly from Law and Depp but criticised the needlessly complicated, low-stakes plot while feeling that it was overburdened with details setting up future sequels.

Its storyline was not rated very potent and is considered an average film. It is the lowest-rated Wizarding World film and indicates that JK Rowling needs more imagination if the sequels are to succeed in future.

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