Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review – dark and exhilarating

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald does overindulge on the ‘franchise’ moments and is rather plot heavy at times but it generally casts a decent spell. Characters are well grounded and the tie-in to the ‘Potter-verse’ is well crafted and shows that the truly gifted J.K. Rowling still has what it takes.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review

J. K. Rowling’s latest outing is primarily to set up a pre Harry Potter franchise, and yeah, there are also some fantastic beasts running around a Gatsby era New York City (hence the beautiful feature photo above). Visually, the film is near perfect – imaginative and truly stunning from beginning to end. However, I can’t recall anything as interesting and as engaging as what Potter had.