The Crimes of Grindelwald movie review


Kylee Zook, Staff Writer

David Yates takes the amazing “The Crimes of Grindelwald” deeper with part two to a five movie series originated by “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” based on what life was like 60 years before Harry Potter was born.

The movie takes place in 1927 at the American Ministry of Magic, where the darkest wizard and expert persuader Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), is held captive for sixth months with no tongue since he got captured at the end of the last Fantastic Beast movie. Three months later,  Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives at the Ministry where he works with his brother Theseus (Callum Turner) and his brother’s fiancée Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz) to take down Grindelwald who hopes to create a new world and overrule all non-magical beings.

There’s also surprising guest stars who are here to stay for the rest of the movies to come like freak show entertainer Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller). “He’s desperate for family and he’s desperate for love,” according to Grindelwald, who’s willing to give up everything he has for Barebone to share his power. Grindelwald isn’t the only one who wants to get his hands on Barebone. Scamander also wants him and is told to track him down by Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law).

Scamander is accompanied by an old friend Jacob (Dan Fogel) and his girlfriend Queeny (Alison Sudol). Queeny soon ditches them to go find her sister Tina (Katherine Waterston) who is “shockingly” also on the hunt for Barbone.

Marking his sixth J.K. Rowling inspired movie, David Yates really knows how to spice up the wizarding world. Each scene has so much detail. Taking your eyes off the screen for even a second can result in missing something important, ranging from a goblin cleaning windows or packing up a carriage to baby Nifflers stealing gold colored items, Kelpies, Japanese water demons, or a lion-cat like creature who can travel 1,000 miles in a day.

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is an amazing movie for both Harry Potter lovers and haters. There is a good amount of Hogwarts scenes and flashbacks, yet it’s a completely different story with completely different angle than the Harry Potter series.

Even though this is an overall dark movie with more of a grudge setting, the actors and Yates make sure you’re not only hanging off the edge of your seat but you’re also laughing and aww-ing the entire movie.