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November 16, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review



Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Rated PG-13) Synopsis:
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), 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 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.

Hawaii Dad Blog Review:
The movie starts out with the escape of Grindelwald during his extradition back to Britain from his American cell. The powerful Grindelwald wants to rule over the no-maj population with his fellow wizards. To help him in this quest, he seeks out the young and gifted Credence, who has relocated to Paris in hopes of finding his real family. Magizoologist Newt Scamander reluctantly agrees to help stop Grindelwald by finding Credence first.

I felt the movie fell short in keeping the audience engaged.  Although my son did identify a few humorous parts in the movie, I felt somewhat disinterested in the main characters, and was wanting to see more of the secondary characters, Jacob and Queenie, who were very entertaining in the previous installment. 

The actions scenes were visually stunning and the cinematography was good, however, the first installment simply had so much more to offer.  

Hard core Harry Potter fans may enjoy the movie, but if you are unfamiliar with the series at all, you may find the movie very difficult to understand or even enjoy. 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is now in theaters.  Get tickets here.

Mahalo to the sponsor for the screening tickets.

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