Animation Digital Digest Verdict – 3.5/5
Visual-Effects – Average
Time Length: 2 hours and 14 minutes
“A law that has us scuttling like rats in the gutter. A law that demands that we conceal our true nature. A law that directs those under its dominion to cower in fear, lest we risk discovery. I ask you, Madam President, I ask all of you — who does this law protect? Us, or them? I refuse to bow down any longer”—Gellert Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hit the Indian theatres on November 16.
This richly layered story in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World saga is overflowing with colorful new creatures, stunning visual effects, and enough intriguing storylines with the most power-packed antagonist Gellert Grindelwald.
The movie is directed by David Yates with the cast including Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogler.
The movie starts off with the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), a Nazi avatar who wants pure-blood wizards to rule over humans, fleeing the prison (To those who didn’t remember, he was arrested by MACUSA in New York at the end of the first installment of the movie ‘Fantastic Beats: Where to Find Them’. The movie also sees the return of New York City’s magical saviors: Newt, Tina (Katherine Waterston), Jacob (Dan Fogler), and Queenie (Alison Sudol).
Potterheads gets a slice of lime with the entry of two most favourite characters – The Great Albus Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall (a glimpse though). In his early middle age, this Dumbledore is tweedy, super-smart and kind (and handsome too).
On the other side, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) commands Newt to get hold of Credence before Grindelwald does. The movie also witnessed some major unexpected turns such as Queenie joining the Grindelwald’s team (Well! I told you he is a charmer)
The climax witnessed a fight sequence between the wizards and Grindelwald. Who wins? Well! you have to see and decide.
After the opening sequence, the first half of the movie is a bit dragged, whereas the second half gained momentum with spectacular visual effects.
What we like and dislike:
The major reason why we love this wizard movie is Johnny Depp’s charismatic performance. His screen presence is enchanting and he is a scene stealer. Depp as Grindelwald will make you feel terrified (all these years we thought Voldemort was bad).
Jude Law, as relatively younger Dumbledore, is a charmer. His restrained performance is of the first rate, with eyes full of mysteries (as he said “Regret is my constant companion”.)
Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, who effectively plays her character with an air of mystery that makes her unpredictable.
Accompanying Credence is Nagini (Claudia Kim), but while her appearance may have been highly anticipated, she feels tacked on and unnecessary apart from her connection to Voldemort. However, don’t forget to witness some cool human-to-snake transformations.
Albus is now well-known to be gay, and in this film, somehow reveals himself to have been as close as brothers with Grindelwald. Actually, closer than brothers. The relationship was intense (PS: They had a ‘blood pact’, According to which, they can’t fight against each other).
Watch the trailer here:
In a nutshell…
In short, for a Potterhead, it feels like we’re back at Hogwarts, with emotionally complex wizards and their various neuroses and yes, the famous ‘Harry Potter’ background score to make you nostalgic.
And if you like Depp as Edward Scissor hand and in Pirates of the Caribbean, then you need to witness this deadly wizard who is ready to traumatize the wizarding world.