Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald spoiler-free review

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Fantastic Beasts 2: As promised, Grindelwald will ramp up
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The second Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a great moment in cinema, exciting and gripping.

TF1 is taking advantage of the theatrical release of Dumbledore’s Secrets to offer the first free-to-air broadcast of Crimes of Grindelwaldthe second episode of the saga released in November 2018 at the cinema (followed by two documentaries devoted to the universe Harry Potter). At the time, the editorial staff of First had been conquered by this sequel, even if in the end, a lot of questions remained unansweredand since then Johnny Depp was fired from the saga and replaced by Mads Mikkelsen…

Honestly, even without being a fanatic of Harry Potter (books and/or films), we were a bit disappointed by Fantastic Beasts. The exciting promise of stepping outside the walls of Hogwarts, exploring the past of the universe of JK Rowling was above all the promise to go into the unknown. To leave the rails of a more or less faithful adaptation of the books and the destiny of the bespectacled wizard. Result, Fantastic Beasts looked like what it was: a prologue not really mastered, curiously messy and clumsy, like its hero-sorcerer autistic and clumsy, lost in the new universe of New York of the roaring twenties. The success of Crimes of Grindelwald is first of all due to its effect of contrast with the first film: where the first is clumsy, a little slow and not really thrilling, the second is fluid, controlled and completely thrilling. This is where this review risks venturing, like the film, into uncharted spoiler territory. Because, in fact, JK Rowling knew very well where she was going.

Can you see Fantastic Beasts 2 without seeing the first one?

Be reassured, therefore. Visually exciting, and dramatically powerful, The Crimes of Grindelwald is satisfactory on almost all levels (a few slags such as the opening in the form of a grand spectacle which is a little too banal and the too rapid treatment of the Arcanus circus, for example). We won’t say more to preserve the surprise until the theatrical release, but just know – to answer the most pressing questions from fans – that Jude Law is great as a mature, mocking Dumbledore like a big brother we all wish we had, and that Johnny Depp delivers his best performance in ages, giving big bad Grindelwald a powerful interiority reminiscent of Ichabod Crane in sleepy hollow. An Ichabod Crane gone over to the side of evil, but not to follow his destiny. A villain, but a villain as if regretfully.

Jude Law: “The goal is that I can play Dumbledore unconsciously”

The Crimes of Grindelwald is the success of his mastermind JK Rowling and director David Yateswho perfectly master the visual and above all narrative codes of their wizarding world. With its simply incredible last fifteen minutes in terms of a great show, and this cliffhanger that will make people talk, fans and muggles are finally reunited hand in hand to follow the magician Rowling in the continuation of the saga that we imagine at the height. In a few words, The Crimes of Grindelwald is one of the best in the franchise Harry Potter with The Prisoner of Azkabanand for the moment, and by far, the best blockbuster of the year 2018. Even if now, we are waiting for the sequel with far too much impatience.

Trailer of Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald :

Jude Law – Fantastic Beasts 3: “This is not the final form of Dumbledore”

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