Film Review: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald”

Daniel Ho, Staff Writer

The second of a five-movie Harry Potter prequel series, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald,” saw overall subpar reviews from fans and critics alike.

It’s been two years since the release of the first film of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, when author J.K. Rowling decided that the Muggle world hasn’t seen enough of her magical wizarding wonderland. The original expansion started with the first movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and since then, the franchise has pulled in a total of $814 million worldwide.

Despite the big figures, fans have quite a bone to pick with the second chapter in the series. Many thought the movie was slow and boring compared to the previous Fantastic Beasts installment. Also, the dialogue was extremely predictable and childish.

Junior Evan Rocha described the movie as “disappointing, forgetful, and not worth your time.”

Movie critic Barry Hertz described in his Rotten Tomatoes review that it was “About as exciting as a trip to Hogwarts’ most neglected lavatory.”

The average Rotten Tomatoes score was a measly 39 percent.   

Many movie critics feel the same way, but some feel the movie was great in other areas. The visual effects and cinematography were especially appealing, as is true with most of Rowling’s movies. However, the lackluster plot, characters, and acting derailed the amazing visuals to the point where you couldn’t give the movie that great of a rating.

The movie was very disappointing and a huge let down. While the visuals were stellar, the boring plot, subpar acting, and mediocre plot development severely derailed the overall enjoyment.

The Oarsman gives this movie 2/5 stars.