A few months after the turbulent events in New York, which reduced parts of the city to rubble, the dangerous Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) sat in captivity and will be transferred to Europe to be held accountable for his atrocities. . But despite the highest security measures Grindelwald manages a spectacular escape. He wasted no time, gathering loyal followers and making evil plans. For its implementation, however, he needed trust (Ezra Miller), the young wizard who now carried the strong and almost destroyed in the New York Obscurus under control. Grindelwald's teenager, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) was the only shaman who was equal or superior to Grindelwald, but for some reason he could not compete with him. Therefore, he quietly asked his former student, a passionate magiologist, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), to cling to Grindelwald and prevent him from seeking credibility. Because Newt was seized from the travel authorization by the Ministry of Magic after the incident in New York, Newt illegally moved to Paris to fulfill Dumbledore's mission. He is accompanied by his muggle friend Jacob (Dan Fogler), who is looking for his changing witch friend, Queenie (Alison Sudol) in Paris. Newt hopes to meet Tina Ratu's sister (Katherine Waterston) again. He has since been promoted back to Aurorin and is looking for himself to be trusted. However, Newt, Tina, Grindelwald, and the Ministry of Magic were not the only ones who chased the young man.
Books and films are two fundamentally different media, facts that many readers forget or hide when they complain that novel adaptations have left their favorite scenes from the originals. And even though the two media need extraordinary creativity from their creators, that does not mean that if you are very good at one of them, it is automatically translated to another. Nobody knows the creator of Harry Potter J.K. Rowling denies her uncontrolled imagination and ability to create a complicated world of magic in every detail. You as J.R.R. To call Tolkien their generation would not be far-fetched. But while his talent as a writer is unquestionable, he is difficult in writing scripts for his second venture. Fantastic animals: Grindelwald crime is an ambitious film, sometimes even brave, but also desperate, which many story lines are far more suitable for novels than for the 134 minute film scenario.
First of all, we have the main plot around Newt and its search for trust and Grindelwald, and Grindelwald's search for power, whose understanding of blood purity is not far from Voldemort (or Hitler). But also various love affairs now and in the past come into play. Newt wants to be part of Tina's life again, who has moved away from her after a misunderstanding. However, he may still grieve for his exiles, Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), who has his own demons and is now engaged to Newt's brother, Theseus (Callum Turner). This in turn tried to win Newt to work in the Ministry. Newt is also adored by his beautiful assistant, Bunty (Victoria Yeates). Jacob and Queenie love each other but have a very different way of dealing with their illicit relationships in the world of magic. The fact that Grindelwald and Dumbledore once combined more than just intimate friendship was strongly hinted at by the second. Then we have the trust to find a true family. He is accompanied by an Indonesian-blooded witch, Nagini (Claudia Kim), who turns into a snake at night and one day will permanently maintain this form. Harry PotterOf course, fans know where this will lead. It is not important for the story also Senegalese witch Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam) and the bounty hunter from the Ministry of Magic, played by Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson.
If that sounds like a lot to a movie, then it's because it's too much. The path of many of these characters intersects sometimes in a surprising and sometimes tragic way, and this film really does not tolerate moments of inattention. His extraordinary love for detail and subplots used to shape characters or enhance mythology has always been the strength of Rowling's "Harry Potter" novels. However, they faced the scriptwriter and director with the challenge of condensing important stories to provide a clear focus on the film. Even if some subplots that are popular with fans must be dropped, this is usually for film purposes.
Without a temporary control point for Rowling's imagination, the storyline of the new film erupts. Towards the end, most of the subplots were mostly merged, but the road there was very busy. We jump from one scene and one story to the next. This is at the expense of stories and individual characters. Director David Yates's role which is now seasoned in the world of magic, most scenes and character interactions are a means to an end, bringing complex stories to a beautiful, interesting, and indeed emotional end. It will make some scenes and good characters to have more room to develop their own momentum. For example, a potentially interesting history between Newt and Leta is limited to a few brief flashbacks and meaningful glances.
In one point, however, Rowling has been studying since her predecessor. Grindelwald's crime is no longer confusing. Partially, the first film failed to bring together the elements of comedy-like-comedy-comedy, family, and seriously became a coherent whole. In this case, the sequel looks like a department store and decides completely on the dark side. Grindelwall crime is much darker and more serious than its predecessor. This is a film where toddlers are doomed to die. Rape and emotional abuse in relationships are indirect but clearly visible. It is no coincidence that Grindelwald, as a leader who is ideologically despicable but rhetorically, who also knows how to win good and honest souls for his purposes, has real correspondence in our world.
The drawback is unfortunately still the protagonist. It's hard to say whether it's Eddie Redmayne's rather monotonous attitude (ashamed to look sideways, socially awkward and regularly throw keys on her face), or how her character is written, but surrounded by fantastic ensembles and charming worlds, Newt looks very pale. Even Harry Potter is not the most complex character, but his experience as a teenager makes it more approachable. Newt has no recognizable angle, side or aspect. He is very kind, optimistic, idealistic, and, if you believe in Dumbledore, a very talented magician, even though we haven't seen much. Given the many characters, Redmayne also had almost no chance to make more characters, as the version described by the script.
Jude Law is a very welcome newcomer. Instead of copying Richard Harris or Michael Gambon, he embraced Dumbledore and it worked brilliantly. His appearance is sovereign, smart, a little playful but very sad and sorry. This is the scene with him at Hogwarts which is among the best in the film, and the music of "Hedwig & # 39; s Theme" which he himself knows is the heart of all potterIt should make fans beat faster.
Zoe Kravitz also leaves a lasting impression in too short a screen time. It exudes elegance, beauty of heart and fragility, based on the tragic prehistoric character. Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol, the surprising highlights of the last film, also have strong moments in the sequel. Fogler makes a little cheerful in a gloomy story and Sudol makes Queenie unique, perhaps the most interesting development in this film. Although this is not entirely credible, but with a mixture of innocence, innocence and a little uncertainty Sudol faces one.
Of course, many will be interested in hearing Johnny Depp in the title role as Grindelwald and the answer … quite solid. It's Johnny Depp who plays eccentric characters, bigger than life. You often see that, you know what is expected and regularly in it. Who hopes for a new iconic movie villain, might be disappointed. Grindelwald was a one-dimensional figure, very focused on simple goals, which gave Depp an adequate life, while the costume and make-up team did the rest.
Like all films from Harry PotterThe Universe also captivates the Fantastic Beast 2 with an intoxicating look. From Colleen Atwood's creative costume designs to fertile backgrounds to phenomenal computer effects, this film is a spectacle that demands the greatest possible screen. Grindelwald's flight at dizzying heights is a lively sequence, like the last fight. Although the main story now focuses on classic good-evil conflict, the eponymous fantastic animals are not too short and integrated even better than in the predecessor in the plot. The highlight is the Chinese Dragon Zouwu, the unusual (and useful!) Niffler and the scariest movie cat that has ever existed Cuddly funeral animals.
In J.K. The bleak journey of both Rowling and David Yates to the world of fantastic animals will diminish. Is visual Grindelwald crime a feast for the eyes, complicated stories have bold ambitions and a few moments, especially with Jude Law as Dumbledore, successfully summon Harry PotterMagic. But a plot full of subplots and countless characters and pale main characters prevent the sequel from keeping up with the best films in this magical world.