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.
I recently spent some time in Scotland and went to one of my favourite places in the world, and probably one of the most beautiful filming locations in the world. Yes, New Zealand makes a nice Middle Earth, but I like Glencoe so much more. Nestled deep in the Scottish Highlands, these misty and moody mountains have starred in the Harry Potter films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Braveheart (boo), Skyfall, and many more.
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.