Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Published May 5, 2019

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Film info

  • Title Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Director David Yates
  • Year 2018
  • Run time 2hrs 13m
  • Genre Adventure
  • Tagline Fate of one. Future of all.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA, with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:33 Wizard prison is pretty scary.
5:03 I wonder if he needs Polyjuice Potion if he’s so blinking powerful.
8:05 I do like those green tiles in the ministry.
9:12 Magical Roomba.
17:06 Ye olde car horns are hilarious.
19:06 Jude’s accent is boggling my mind a bit.
20:44 “You do not seek power or popularity. You simply ask is a thing right?”
29:37 “I always wanted to GO here.”
40:35 Definitely struggling to remember the things I probably need to be remembering.
46:21 How is he working this out and can all wizards do it?
59:37 “Well that’s not the best start to a rescue attempt.”
1:17:58 The eye thing? NO NEED.
1:23:45 Why does Flamel walk weird? Is that what happens when you get old?
1:41:36 Jeez, this baby-swap thing is morbid in the extreme.
1:46:29 Just what this film needed is a really boring speech.
2:00:41 Direct quote from Mr C: “I’m sure it’s important, but I don’t care.”


Oh god, it was just so boring! I knew going into it that I had forgotten a good portion of the first film. But I thought I had enough of a hazy memory to get by. The guy who had his memory wiped, Newt and his nifflers, and Grindelwald at the end, with the kid that turned into a black scribble mess in the sky. That should do it right?

Not a lot of this second film seemed to make any sense, I didn’t know how half the people fit together or what their aims were, and to be honest, there wasn’t a lot of plot. Much of the first act was spent looking for a woman. Then they were looking for a boy. And then Johnny Depp made a big speech.

If it wasn’t for the cute Nifflers and the funny notes from Jacob, plus maybe the fact that Depp did a great job with what he was given, then I don’t think it would have been worth sitting through at all. If it hadn’t been a Harry Potter, and part of a series that I think I want to see more of, then we would never have got to the end of it.

The best part was seeing Hogwarts, and Professor McGonagall. And they were only in it for a couple of minutes.

Rating: 1 / 5

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