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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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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 Cornell John ... Arnold Guzman (as Cornell S. John)
Ezra Miller ... Credence Barebone
Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson ... Grimmson (as Ingvar Sigurdsson)
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,163,104, 18 November 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$159,555,901, 21 February 2019
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

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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Trivia

J.K. Rowling has confirmed on Twitter that Newt Scamander is still going be the main character in the following movies. See more »

Goofs

When Newt and Tina are caught infiltrating the French Ministry of Magic, Newt can clearly be heard saying that the cats are 'familiars', despite the fact that on Pottermore.com, screenwriter and Harry Potter author JK Rowling clearly states that familiars "do not exist within the world of Harry Potter." However, Newt actually states that the cats are "spirit familiars", which may be something very different from the traditional concept of familiars that Rowling stated do not exist in the Wizarding World. 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 - ...
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An Overstuffed Sequel Loses Some of Its Magic
11 November 2018 | by nsharath009See all my reviews

The second sequel in the fledgling spinoff follows a familiar pattern, but too many characters and too many storylines rob it of its most enduring charms

Even magic takes a little bit of planning, and in David Yates' "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," both are in short supply. In it second outing, the cracks are starting to show in J.K. Rowling's much-hyped followup series to "Harry Potter," a franchise that is at the mercy of slapdash planning (these films are cobbled together from various pieces of "Wizarding World" material, not single novels) and the kind of higher-up decree that promised five films (five!) before the first one hit theaters. It's a lot of time to fill, and while the second film in the franchise nudges its narrative forward, it's at the expense of a bloated, unfocused screenplay.

Mostly, "The Crimes of Grindelwald" is hampered by the unwieldy meshing together of disparate plots that could service their own films (some of them surely better than others). At the center (when he's not been shunted aside by all those competing narratives), there's ostensible franchise star Eddie Redmayne as nervous magizoologist Newt Scamander. Newt's ditzy charm grounded the first film; and when he's allowed to lead this second story, it's as whimsical and good-hearted as any in the franchise.

It's all the other subplots that damage that notion, from a charisma-free Johnny Depp taking over the role of evil Wizard Gellert Grindelwald to a convoluted section all about the family tree of Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller). Portions involving a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) can't reach their full potential; they're consistently cut short to zing back to yet another plotline (and that's without diving into all the subplots about Newt's brother, his ex-girlfriend, his beloved New York friends, and Credence's companion Nagini). All this convolution promises to converge during Grindelwald's coming-out party, a fear-filled rally that is as timely as it is unsettling. Before that, Yates and Rowling must bring together a motley crew of wizards and muggles both good and bad.


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