Reviews: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

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  • Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Unfortunately, a weaker sequel to the original’s pleasant surprise.
  • Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • [New] | Moises Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com
    • Excerpt: Director David Yates and author J.K. Rowling return to the Wizarding World once again in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, another entry in the Newt Scamander prequel adventures. Without a printed source to work from, Rowling conjures an original tale meant to expand the Harry Potter universe, but the plot fumbles about trying to keep one too many spells and charms in order, ultimately failing to capture the same magic as its predecessor.
  • Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: “Sense” and “reason” have no power in this wizarding world.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: It certainly is MORE than the first movie: more incoherent, more confused about who its protagonist is, more crammed with contrivance and coincidence. Even the title is more nonsensical this time.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: No one would have guessed that when “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” released in 1997 that it would spawn a worldwide phenomenon the size of which rivals the “Lord of the Rings” and the Marvel universes. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the latest feature film to take us into the Roaring Twenties past, this time with mixed results.
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: I’m still with it—for now. I’m going to believe Rowling is taking this route of undermining her protagonists with purpose, but she better prove it to me in the next one.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Crimes is one word for it. Where has the magic gone?
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: I wish Rowling had the good sense to condense this story down, given how much this second entry wants to reject what previously occurred, while still moving nowhere fast regarding overall arcs.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is a messy, overloaded chamber of subplots with just too little magic to be an interesting movie.