The magician, Grindelwald, seeks to rule the magicians over all the people without magical powers. Magician Newt Scamander wants to stop him. "Fantastic Beast: Grindelwald's Crime" is a complex and visually stunning fantasy epic.
Foggy fog clouds lie above the gloomy New York, where a particularly dangerous prison jet begins in an uncomfortable night.
Wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who has reduced part of the city to rubble a year ago, is also allegedly responsible in Europe for many of his crimes. But at the end of "fantastic animals and where they can be found," they suspected that Grindelwald would not be in captivity for a long time. Of course, this mighty magician escapes in the sequel.
The spectacular escape scene in front of the New York skyline is a successful prelude to Harry Potter's Ninth Film Adventure. "Fantastic Wildlife: Grindelwald's Crime" unites Potter's author J. K. Rowling with four time directors, Potter David Yates. The British duo was also responsible for the precursor of the film in 2016 and it is – it is clear – Sequel is really going on.
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne ("The Discovery of Infinity") returns to Canvas as Newt Scamander. In 1927, the shy magiologist who discovered and helped to capture Grindelwald is back in the UK. In the magical cellar of his house, he loves many animal creatures and longs for Tina Goldstein's wizard (Katherine Waterston). Soon, there will be no time for grace, as Professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) appears in London. Future mentor Harry Potter tells him about the leak of Grindelwald and asks Scamander for help.
The magiologist, for whom the ban on traveling, hesitates. It's just a meeting with Tina's sister Queenie (gorgeous: Alison Sudol) and his friend Jacob (Dan Fogler) until he really opens to Paris. There, not only suspects Tina, in Paris, Grindelwald also gathers his followers to start the revolution. His goal: Wizards should rule over Muggles, it is about all people without magical power. But Grindelwald goes over the corpses. He also wants to remove his old friend Dumbledore. However, he needs the help of the lazy Barebone Credence (Ezra Miller), who is now working in a magical circus.
It's an incredibly complex story that tells Rowling and Yates: "Fantastic game: Grindelwald's crime." Anyone who is not familiar with Harry Potter's universe is a new film almost overwhelming. Because you want to have an overview of many characters and understand many details of a large conspiracy, you should at least have the ancestors still in mind.
With adequate preliminary knowledge and a certain affinity for magic, it is a great pleasure to see how Rowling continues to develop his charming universe and combines elements of the story. Fans can enjoy a trip to Hogwarts. Just like in Potter books and movies, everything is well thought out and planned. Details and notes from "Fantastic animals and where to find them" suddenly become more important in the sequel. For example, the witch Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz) in the first film could only be seen on the Scamander image. "No one," he said. Of course not.
After the closed opening, the film leaves the time for the story to go – maybe too much time. But patience is rewarded. Because in scenes with fantastic animals – which would like to be even more – or, if it is redeemed on a large scale, the film is a spectacular, rigorous epic. The extraordinary, equally powerful and melodic soundtrack by James Newton Howard perfectly accompanies the on-screen action.
You do not have to say anything about the main actor Redmayne, but about the wonderful Alison Sudol. She showed an unimaginably strange talent, giving some laughter. In addition to the occasional Jude Law like Dumbledore, Johnny Depp shines in this sequel as his ominous opponent. Depp was also in the first part, but most of the time he looked at him like Colin Farrell. Because at the end of the film it turned out that Percival Graves (Farrell) of the US Department of Magic is actually Grindelwald (Depp).
He almost had a short look. Because former wife of Depp Amber Heard accused him of domestic violence, fans on the Internet demanded the replacement of his role. But Rowling et al. The author advocated her on her website. From a purely artistic point of view, the decision was right. Depp, who will no longer play Captain Jack Sparrow in the reboot "The Pirates of the Caribbean", is an ideal cast as an evil wizard.
By the way, it is to be understood as a socio-critical commentary of the ambition of Grindelwald. It raises fear among the magicians of non-magicians. He claims he does not want to hurt anyone else. But the interests of wizards have priority over others. And who is not, is against him. One or another viewer may seem familiar. But you must leave Grindelwald's Deppy, but one thing: it has a flawless haircut.
Director Yates and writer Rowling clearly surpassed their predecessor in the second part of the five-part series. "Fantastic Beasts: Grindelwald's Crime" is a huge, enchanting and amazingly dark fantastic epic with a sophisticated and exciting story. In younger audiences, the film, which has been released since the age of 12, is probably a little too dark and terrifying. All the other Potter fans can look forward to it magically.
Fantastic Scouts: Grindelwald's Crime, GB / USA 2018, 135 minutes, FSK 6+, David Yates, Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston