Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Intense, over-full sequel has lots of wizarding violence.

PG-13 2018 134 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 54 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 82 reviews

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age 12+

Shut up and take my money!

Johnny Depp continues to portray people we want to watch but never want to be. The bonds of an intimate relationship and all of its complexities is portrayed well. Not overt but not hidden either, in this case I think that less is more and it does the film well to have Law and Depp dance intimately while we watch. Depp deftly portrays an egomaniac with an agenda that speaks to many people, humanizing a leader and getting him out of that “pure evil” boring genre. Seeing Flamel felt like meeting an old friend and I suspect the rest of the series will feel simimlar. The star in my mind of course is Nagini, which in hindsight should have been obvious, still the Crimes of Grindewald excited the 12 year old in me that is still waiting for an owl to drop off my acceptance letter.
age 13+

Just Fine Sequel

This movie was definitely more in line with the spirit of where the series is heading-the first Fantastic Beasts was a little fluffy. I liked the tone, I liked the pacing and the backstories. I liked the expositions of new characters. I am super interested to learn more about how Nagini's story will her to being the right hand man of Voldemort. I felt like a couple lines were forced, such as "Grindelwald doesn't value that which is simple." I get that it was a recall to what Dumbledore says about Voldemort to Harry, but I felt like there was no motivation for that line since Newt would've had no reason to say this based on Newt's experiences with Grindelwald. There were some interesting things that could potentially set up some plot holes in the Potterverse. And I would say that I am not worried at all, but Cursed Child made plenty of mistakes in terms of plot direction that cheapened or poked holes in the Potterverse. I actually like Grindelwald movie version more than Voldemort movie version (book version is a different story), he seems more sophisticated and his motives more reasonable. Overall, I liked the tone. And felt encouraged by this installment. It seems to be following the Potter series in that it improves with each installment. I just really hope she does not poke holes in timelines, or plot points.

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