Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Rather than the charming Harry Potter films whose universe this shares, FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD most strongly resembles its title: bloated and uninspiring. The crimes of this second film in the new series could fill a vault at Gringotts—from the cloying diffidence of Eddie Redmayne (reprising his role as protagonist Newt Scamander) to the antics of cutesy-poo critters; from the relentless overscoring of music to tell you how to feel, to Johnny Depp playing yet another quirky character (villain Grindelwald). Only Jude Law’s middle-aged Dumbledore carries any heft, but therein lies FANTASTIC BEAST’s greatest crime: cowardice. Though heterosexual love and affection abound in multiple scenes, and though writer J.K. Rowling has outright stated that Dumbledore is gay, the past romance between Dumbledore and Grindelwald gets relegated to wink-wink nudge-nudge. Which is the furthest thing from fantastic. —YSM

One response to “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

  1. Wallace says:

    So that’s a “No.” I saw “Green Book” last night, and while it’s a tired tale of white redemption, it’s got a lot of humanity and great acting.

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