The story of Fantastic Beasts 2 is difficult to follow
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Harry Potter lovers all around are excited for the new extension of the Harry Potter world being once more brought to the screen. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” though slightly branching off of the previous movie’s emphasis on the fantastical creatures of the wizarding world to tell more stories, continues to bring fans deeper into the subtle darkness that runs beneath all the magic and fantasy.
Overall, the film tells a story of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), an awkward wizard with a passion for the care and study of magical creatures, and his mission given to him by a younger Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). He is sent off to Paris to go look for the love-deprived Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) as Credence is tempted by the ideals of the wicked Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Though this story has a lot more backstories and expositions, it is critical in J.K. Rowling’s development for another Harry Potter franchise. A necessary evil for the success of another story as one may say.
With the gloomy aesthetic that the previous Harry Potter films had brought with them, these similar visuals in the film bring fans back into the universe they fell in love with. The film brings into the screen the distant relatives of villains and heroes of Harry Potter and even a critical reveal at the end of the film, making viewers excited and filled with anticipation for the next film and where the story will lead them next. The movie presents small Easter eggs that true fans can notice.
A lot of the familial relations to characters in the main franchise can be hard to follow--a criticism that some viewers will have against the film. Another critique that is made is the excess of CGI effects within the film. However, in contrast to most CGI-filled films, the visuals were smooth with the exception of the very beginning of the film. The opening scene is the first impression of the movie to get viewers into the film, and the visually destructive beginning makes it difficult to fully delve into the film. But the overall effect of the CGI is adequate; going alongside the magical characters that cannot be produced with simple makeup and props. The main critique of the film would be the difficult storyline it presents with all of the loose familial ties that have yet to be explained. However, this type of storytelling is necessary for the future films that the franchise will definitely install.
In conclusion, this film is a critical film for the expansion of the Harry Potter universe but also an entertaining, action-packed film for viewers who are not as involved with the fandom. There is also a good amount of magical creature interactions that highlight the hidden powers Newt has that were not as emphasized during the first film. The main protagonist, Newt, is a character that will make viewers fall in love with his awkwardness, especially with his interactions with his female companion (Katherine Waterston).