Devin loves movies and loves critically looking at them. He hopes to give people the same appreciation for film that he has.
I need to be very clear. Throughout this entire article there will be spoilers so please do not read until you have seen the film!
The story begins pretty fast paced with the taking of a baby Qilin, a rare animal that can see the intentions of people and are used in the election of the Supreme Mugwump, from her mother by Grindelwald's henchman led by Credence played by Ezra Miller. Grindelwald is released of all of the charges on him and he decides to run for Supreme Mugwump which would put him at the head of the International Confederation of Wizards. The rest of the story is our team consisting of Albus Dumbledore, Newt Scamander and his brother Theseus, Jacob Kowalski, Yusuf Kama and a new character, Professor Eulalie Hicks, fighting to stop Grindelwald from being elected.
Aside from the main plot, we have Credence, or his birth name Aurelious Dumbledore trying to find who he really is. Albus tells his crew that the reason the phoenix is with him is because he is dying. We also learn that Credence is actually the nephew of Albus unbeknownst to him. The film concludes with Grindelwald's election being proved fraudulent sending him on the run and Credence passing away after finally meeting his father
The Fantastic Beast series has not received the same praise that Harry Potter did. Granted, that is a high bar to achieve, but these films to not have the charm and the magic to send us to the wizarding world. This film could have been the one to bring the series back on track, but it did not.
First, I would like to point out the positives of this movie. The visuals were fantastic, as they are with the previous two films. A couple of the action sequences such as Newt and Theseus running away from that monster, that felt disjointed and shaky. Despite that, all of the CGI was on-point. The film looked beautiful. Another great thing about this movie was Albus Dumbledore. Jude Law did an amazing job at bringing the character back and the writers did a great job at making him feel like the great wizard. Most of the movie Dumbledore is pulling the strings of the team similar to what he does with Harry, Hermione and Ron. This is classic Dumbledore and things that I love to see from the character.
Something that is hard to put as a positive or negative is Mads Mikkelsen as Grindelwald. I love Mikkelsen as an actor, but not for this role. I believe that Johnny Depp did a much better job at bringing this character to life, though I would argue that the character himself is not good anyway. He goes from a mysterious villain, to seeing him killing children, then in this movie running for office. There was a lot of mystery around Grindelwald and I was waiting to see how sinister he was, but my expectations were not met.
Some more negatives would include the character of Lally Hicks. it is hard to tell if it was poor acting or terrible characterization. I would lean towards a little bit of both. She did not serve much of a purpose in this film. The movie itself would not have changed if she was not in it. Another negative thing is the absence of more character development with every character besides Albus Dumbledore. Newt, who is the main character of this series felt like a side character. It is like the writers did not know what else to do with him so they put him to the side for more Dumbledore. None of the characters felt that they were of any importance at all.
The last thing I would like to point out was the mess that was the plot. The plot was extremely weak and not compelling in the slightest. It is strange to watch a film set in the wizarding world be based around politics. The writing felt lazy as they do not convince the viewer that Grindelwald would have had any platform whatsoever. The first movie made him seem like that most dangerous known criminal in the world, but this movie changed that to him being more of an undercover bad guy. it did not work.
As I will do with all of my "Hot or Cold" series, I will breakdown different catagories ranking them 1-10. After that we will have a final percentage score for the film.
Overall Score- 62%
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