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.
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.