In an effort to thwart 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, 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 (Google).
This is the second installment of the Harry Potter spin-off series, Fantastic Beasts… or as I like to call it, the Harry Potter Pokémon series- and I gotta say, it’s not as bad as some of the critics are saying it is.
Some of the things I really like about the film is that David Yates does a good job directing this film. There’s some beautiful shots, and the visual effects look amazing in this movie.
Another thing I liked is that some of the creatures in this film are more interesting to me than some of the creatures in the first film. For instance, a creature I really liked was the Zouwu, which is this Chinese creature that’s a mix of a lion and a dragon.
Out of all his recent performances, this is Johnny Depp’s best as Grindelwald- he’s a charismatic villain with a silver tongue, and unless you’ve seen some of his heinous actions in the beginning of the film, you could fall under his spell.
Dan Fogler reprises his role as Jacob Kowalski, and I was annoyed that they brought him back at first, but I actually liked him a lot more in this movie. In the first Fantastic Beasts film he was the comedy relief, and in this film he’s often times the voice of reason. There’s even a scene I like where he’s giving Newt advice on how to talk to a girl he likes, and their dialogue together is hilarious!
The last thing I’ll say is there’s a major plot twist in the end that I did not see coming, and I’m interested to see how that plays into the next three films.
Now it’s time to get into the negatives: the story in this film feels all over the place to me, and it feels scatter brained, like there’s no consistency between ideas. Another issue I have is this film has way too many expositional scenes, or scenes involving flashbacks. There’s one scene where we’re given about five minutes of exposition, only for a character to say “actually this is how it happened” and we get ten minutes of flashbacks.
I’m hoping that this film is just a bump in the road, and that the next three films sort the story out, because this series doesn’t have any source material like the original series had.
If you’re a die-hard Harry Potter fan, you’re going to like this a lot. If you’re just a casual viewer, this probably won’t be your cup of tea.
I’m giving “Fantastic Beasts 2” a 7/10 or a C.