To reiterate my opening line in my review, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald gave me a headache.” Like I felt I had to tweet right after watching the film: “Death by over-plotting.”
Read my full review here: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ and the Curse of the Bridging Film in a Series (ClickTheCity).
I wasn’t even really going to watch the film but I had to because ClickTheCity asked me. Strangely enough, I did sorta enjoy the film that came before it but I’m just kind of done with J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. I never read the books and I only like the movies that I liked — most especially Prisoner of Azkaban by Alfonso Cuaron.
But I didn’t like it enough to continue with the series. There’s a sense of self-awareness in the concept that knows it is beloved. It almost feels like it’s pandering. There’s a whole set of sequences in this film that is set in Hogwarts and just from the audience’s reaction, I could tell that people have been waiting to see more of what they loved from Harry Potter.
This is a movie and a franchise that is geared towards to giving people more of Harry Potter and I’m not that much of a Potter fan. I liked the movies. They ended. I’m happy with what I got. I don’t want more.
This series of films feel like just a continuing extension of that world than being its own series. Newt Skamander is not a full character, for me. He’s an interesting but not interesting enough for me to continuing the series.
If anything, the only person I’m really interested in following is Alison Sudol’s Queenie.
But my work will lead me to watch the whole series and so I will and will try to be as objective as I can be.