Johnny Depp in Crimes in Grindelwald. (Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. Pictures)
Players: Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Claudia Kim
Director: David Yates
Evaluation: 3 Stars (out of 4)
"Bunty, baby nifflers are loose again."
And with it, your hero Fantastic Beasts: Crimes in Grindelwald and – to the viewer – really – this new chapter in the adventures of magizoolog Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne, brutal and cruel as usual) points to at least one anti-chase scene involving CGI critics.
(The Platypus-like niffs are the 21st century ewoks, a film by the niffs in this film, who was greeted with a "awws" choir on a screening, and it came from adults, though not only because they are cute, but one of them plays an important role.
But there is one thing – or rather, someone – much less charming, this Harry Potter escaped at the prequel, which also takes a turn for the darker sides of the franchise that will satisfy adult fans more. When the film opens, a wham-bam prolog who combines the act of terrorism and the act of a titmouse, an evil magician played by Johnny Depp, is seen fleeing from detention while being sentenced to an unspecified sentence from the New York jail. Crimes in Europe.
What crimes? Probably haircuts: Depp, a peroxide-yellow brush cut that makes it look like a scoutmaster for the local part of Hitler Youth. More seriously, he wants power.
When Grindelwald lands in Paris, Newt – a dogcatcher who is exalted outside his own league – is dispatched to chase the escaped wizard of former Hogwarts teacher Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). Return to Michael Gambon. Why Dumbledore, one of the most powerful wizards ever lived, goes after Grindelwald? Ahh, you just have to wait to find out.
Newt is backed by assistants returning from 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Finding Them: Baker Jacob Kowalski and his magical sisters Queenie and Porpentina – known as Tina – Goldstein (Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Katherine Waterston). J.K Rowling, who wrote this surprisingly full screenplay of senior director David Yates, has a real reputation for names. Another notable character of the film is a young man named Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), returning from the previous film.
As we learned in the previous installment, Credence is an Obscurial (a magician who suppresses his magical abilities; in this case he is manifested in the form of an Obscurus: a dark, uncontrollable destructive being). Rowling is also very subtle with subtext, a great metaphor for unhealthy neurosis that can develop when you deny your true self. At the same time, as in all other Potter books and films, there are also political reactions to hostility and cruelty between the non-magic Muggles, also known as the Wizards and No-Majs. This polarization, if any, is a metaphor for the modern world.
Credence is followed by Grindelwald, who wants to run for the suppression of Newt and No-Majs, who want to neutralize the power of Obscurus. This war forms the head of the film around which all others, including the romantic subtopics of Jacob, Queenie, Tina and Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz).
Heaven, for his part, is also on a hunt. An orphan raised by No-Majs wants to discover her true identity. And he will be my son. Crimes in Grindelwald There is one of the third biggest acts of the Harry Potter series.
All this serves a greater purpose, all of which will only appear during the three planned films. Another good thing is Rowling: planning. Grindelwald's The story set out in 1927 may be related to all the niffs and wizards, but it is also a huge story of the world today. Grindelwald is a demagogue. He's holding rallies. He encourages his followers to violence by demonizing the others. His power comes not from a staff but from those who divide people.
Does it look familiar? It must be. In Fantastic Beasts: Crimes in GrindelwaldThere is someone else who cannot be named, whose shadow lies above everything, and I don't talk about Voldemort.
Three stars. Rated PG-13. November 16 opens. Includes some fantasy action sequences. 134 minutes.
Rating Guide: Four star masterpiece, three stars very good, two stars ok, a star poor, no time waste.
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