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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

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The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Director:

David Yates

Writers:

J.K. Rowling, J.K. Rowling (based upon characters created by)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Grindelwald
Kevin Guthrie ... Abernathy
Carmen Ejogo ... Seraphina Picquery
Wolf Roth ... Spielman
Eddie Redmayne ... Newt Scamander
Zoë Kravitz ... Leta Lestrange
Callum Turner ... Theseus Scamander
Derek Riddell ... Torquil Travers
Cornell John ... Arnold Guzman (as Cornell S. John)
Ezra Miller ... Credence Barebone
Ingvar Sigurdsson ... Grimmson
Poppy Corby-Tuech ... Rosier
Andrew Turner Andrew Turner ... MacDuff
Maja Bloom Maja Bloom ... Carrow
Simon Meacock ... Krafft
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Storyline

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, though he's 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. Written by sunny skies

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The fate of one will change the future of all. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of fantasy action | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Johnny Depp signed on without reading a script. He wanted to be a part of the series because he is a self-proclaimed massive fan of the series. See more »

Goofs

In this film, we see a young Dumbledore teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts in 1927 at Hogwarts. The Harry Potter book series only ever mentions him as being the Transfiguration teacher. Dumbledore having taught Transfigurations does not preclude him from also having taught DADA at one or more points during his tenure. He had a very long life and was known for being an expert in multiple field. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Spielman: [to Picquery; about Grindelwald] ... you'll be glad to get rid of him, I expect.
Seraphina Picquery: We'd be more than happy to keep him here in custody.
Spielman: Six months are enough. It's time for him to answer for his crimes in Europe.
Abernathy: [meets them at Grindelwald's door] President Picquery, Mr. Spielman, sir. Prisoner is secured and ready to travel.
Spielman: [peers into the cell with Picquery] You've thrown everything at him, I see.
Seraphina Picquery: It was necessary. He's extremely powerful. We've had to change his guard three times - he's ...
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An extended cut runs ~7 minutes longer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Constantine (2019) See more »

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Stunning movie, but where was the plot..?
14 November 2018 | by Tom0610See all my reviews

Let me start off by saying that I am a big Harry Potter fan; I loved all 8 HP movies, and really liked the 1st installment of Newt's adventures as well. This movie just didn't really do the trick for me. There was absolutely nothing to complain about visually; the movie was even more stunning than the first one, with even more beautifully designed 'Beasts'. And as many other people have mentioned, as a Harry Potter fan, you just can't hate this movie. Where Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them only contained a handful amount of references to the Harry Potter series, The Crimes of Grindelwald has tonnes. Enough to hype up any Harry Potter fan.

The problem this movie had for me was its plot, or rather, its almost nonexisting plot. This movie just seemed to serve as background information or something for the upcoming movies in this series (for which we'll undoubtedly have to wait another 2 years or more..), more of like a setup for things to come. It introduced many new characters and revealed certain things about already known characters. But yet, some of these things just felt unnatural, as if JK Rowling just kept writing more and more to squeeze into 1 movie. This basically leads to a movie where the biggest plot is to find Credence's 'true identity' - not really much of a plot at all. Some of the reveals about characters also seemed a bit strange, but that could be just me. All in all, all this dialogue about characters made it extra confusing to know what the movie was about, in addition to it lacking much of a plot to begin with.

This movie is definitely not a waste of money or anything, you could just buy a ticket for the stunning scenes and you'd be satisfied. It's just that this movie was quite a disappointment compared to many people's expectations I think, seeing as it basically is just a setup for the upcoming movies, which lacks a good plot.


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UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,163,104, 18 November 2018

Gross USA:

$159,555,901

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$654,855,901
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Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| Dolby Atmos | IMAX 6-Track | DTS (DTS: X)| 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)| Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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