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.
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.
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.
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.