'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Review

Updated on February 1, 2019

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 fantasy film directed by David Yates and written by J. K. Rowling. It is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It is the second instalment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, and the tenth overall film in the Wizarding World franchise. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.

In an effort to stop Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, though he's unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was a film that I was very excited for. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, and I really enjoyed the original Fantastic Beast And Where To Find Them. The Wizarding World holds a very special place in my heart, so as much as it pains me to say The Crimes Of Grindelwald was not a great film.

I don't think it was as bad as most critics say, but I completely understand where their coming from. This film was filled to the brim with plot and subplots, but when you really look at it this film lacks a major conflict. The Crimes Of Grindelwald was about Credence trying to find out who his parents are. That is what this film is about. To be fair it's not bad, but it's dragged out so much that it feels thin. Thrown in all of the subplots and this film feels very uneventful. There's a lot here, but most of it doesn't mean anything.

It's called The Crimes Of Grindelwald but Grindelwald gets lost in this film. He does have two good scenes, one at the very beginning and one at the end, but other than that he just their. Grindelwald is a very manipulative person and I think they capture that part of him very well, but again it just felt so uneventful and underwhelming.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald wasn't a terrible film, but it's overstocked with plot, stuffed with a ton of filler, and the lack of a climax makes The Crimes Of Grindelwald feel like a huge disappointment.


I thought the acting was great. I though Jude Law was perfectly cast as Dumbledor and I thought he did a great job, but he isn't in the film a whole lot. The same goes for Johnny Depp who did a great job, but he isn't in the film a ton. I also thought Eddie Redmayne was great. Zoë Kravitz did a great job and she was a highlight. She quickly become one of my favorite (new) characters.

There's really nothing to complain about when it comes to acting.


The plot is where this film suffers. There's just so much of it, but it means so little. There are some very important parts in this film, but there so spread out. in between these few key points it's just a ton of filler. They throw in awful subplots that don't amount to anything. One subplot is that Tina believes Newt is marrying Leta because of a mistake in a magazine. They drag it on for so long, and it absolutely adds nothing to the story. They do this so many times with different subplots that by the time something if importance actually happened your drained out.

One thing I loved was Leta Lestrange's character, and the development she was given. She's become one of my favorite characters in the Fantastic Beast series. There's one really powerful scene that's also visually stunning that's made even more powerful when you find out the story behind it.

There just want enough of those scene to go around. I think the biggest problem with this film is that it over extends itself. There just isn't enough of a plot to go around, and it becomes very obvious that this film is just a stepping stone for something bigger.

This film also really lacked any type of tension and it barely (if at all) had a climax. The ending its that, an ending. We get a cook scene but again it doesn't mean much, and before the credits could roll they had to add another twist.

This is a very thin plot that gets stuffed with useless subplots. There's twists and turns, but they never amount to anything. This is a thin plot that tries so hard to be complex, but it fails miserably at it.


I didn't think The Crimes Of Grindelwald was a terrible film. Everything outside of the plot was great. The visuals were amazing, and I thought David Yates did a fine job. The only problem this film has its the fact that the plot isn't nearly bug enough to substation an entire film. Which led to useless subplots and it being overstuffed.

The Crimes Of Grindelwald is actually a mildly entertaining film. Watching wizards do wizarding things will always be fun and seeing Newt interacting with these magical beast will always be amazing, but this film lacks the key things that make an entertaining film great.

There's a lack of emotional depth. There really isn't a main conflict, and the character just seem to be going with the flow, but the potential of this film was killed by the useless subplots and an underwhelming but complex plot.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a visual marvel that will keep you mildly entertained, but it's lack of substance and a great plot kept this film from being great.

3 stars for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

© 2019 Royce Proctor


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