Ramble Review: Fantastic Beasts and The Crimes of Grindelwald

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It goes without saying that we are all different in our own ways, but there are different kinds of different. I am one of those people who is a loyal fan, and pretty much am blind to things that others might not like. The reason why I am even talking about that in this article is because while most others were disappointed with it, I was praising the movie across all the social media platforms. I couldn’t be happier with the movie itself. Maybe I need a second viewing, but honestly I don’t think so. Let’s get into this.

One year or so after the first events in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Niffler… oh I mean, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has been banned from leaving the country. He of course has to break this when Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) contacts Newt so that he can search for Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) and bring him in safely before the ministry catches him. Queenie and Jacob come to visit him. When it’s revealed that Queenie has given Jacob a love potion, she flees to Paris. This leads Jacob and Newt to go searching for Queenie and her sister Tina in Paris, while they also search for Creedence. Not only that, but while they are there they also try to stop Grindelwald’s plans on becoming ruler over the non magic and magic world.

 

Before I get into the spoilers, there is somethings that I would like to talk about. The first one I will be talking about or ranting about in a way is finding out that Dumbledore is gay or at least bi (yes that was a This Is Us reference). You might be asking yourself, what is there to talk about? My answer to that question is… I would agree with you but other people seem to think that there is a problem here. It was mainly a mixed opinion throughout the fan community with people from every community taking sides whether or not they thought Dumbledore needed to be gay. I would have to say he didn’t but he is and there is nothing wrong with that; people also complained that he wasn’t before and that the detail that was added in was never there in the first place,that he was straight. I only watched the movies sadly but from what I watched, Dumbledore didn’t show any interest in that way in anyone so honestly the decision for his sexuality was up for grabs. Not only that, but I would like to point out that I would think the author knows more about her story and characters then we do, so I honestly don’t think people should be having a problem with it if it’s not affecting the story-line in any way.

 

The second thing that I would like to address here is the bloody Nagini controversy that surrounded the movie. I think there is racism in the real world still, and that it’s a huge problem still in all parts of the world, as prejudice is in general. Then you have the people who like to say something is racist, either because they don’t like something, see something that’s not there or want to start some controversy for some reason. This is how I feel about the the Nagini controversy. J.K Rowling did defend her casting choice, and so did the actress who plays Nagini. I think that people don’t always need to assume that something exists because of hate and that every word that comes out someones mouth isn’t meant to be prejudice to you. Thinking more about it now, I think it is just an example of how people can overreact and ruin things for others. I would also like to add that there are genuinely hurtful stereotypes of all races in movies and that it’s an actual problem. Not to mention the problem in Hollywood right now where Asian roles are being given to non Asian actors is bad, and that some fake controversy like this is making it harder for people to believe that this is an actual problem. Sorry for the politics, but I felt like this needed to be addressed.

 

Nine out of ten is the rating that I would give this movie. Yes, I am fully aware that I seem to give good or at least decent ratings to all the movies I have seen so far, but like I said before, I am not a critic: I’m a nerd. As I believe I have said before, the soundtrack or the score of the movie can make or break it, and I believe that The Fantastic Beasts and The Crimes of Grindelwald has a great score, this did some favors to make me like the movie.

 

Before I tell you to get out though for not watching the movie, I figured it would make more sense for me to talk about the score for the movie because talking about the score of the movie isn’t talking about any spoilers. I thought it did a really good job, and even my friends agreed with me. Even the friend who didn’t like the movie agreed, but for some reason didn’t like Niffler either. My point is that the score had a good action feeling quality to it. Not only that, but the slow parts are nothing below fantastic. This has solidified me as fan of the creator James Newton Howard’s. James Newton Howard also worked on the some of other scores for movies I like, such as the whole Hunger Games quadrilogy of movies. With that out of the way, I would say that now it is time for me to dive into the spoilers. Meaning all y’all that have not seen the movie need to go and see it.

 

Starting off the spoilers section here is the talk about Queenie and what happened with her near the end of the movie. I have to start by saying that I felt it when she yelled at Jacob to go with her and Grindelwald. Queenie so happens to be one of my favorite characters, and when she switched sides, I wasn’t too happy. I kinda saw it coming half way into the movie or at least when she was talking to Grindelwald. She reminds me of innocence, but now I believe she has switched sides due to ignorance and desperation to marry Jacob. I personally think there is more to this than meets the eye. I think that Grindelwald probably did something to her.Whatever it is, they need to save Queenie.

As far as the fantastic beasts part of the film, I think it was pretty great. Niffler was definitely one of the best beasts again like in the first film. I was so happy to see him because, well, to put it in few words, I love Niffler. Something that I noticed about this film was the mention of myths or legends from different parts of the world, such as the Chupacabra from the U.S and Mexico, the Kappa from Japanese folklore or Zouwu which is a “mythical Chinese” animal, but I could not find anything on it. Overall, I would say that it was nice to see some creatures that we had already seen in the previous movie, but it was also nice to see new beasts.

 

I liked how there might be some parallels to the Harry Potter series but I also like how one of those parallels isn’t Grindelwald and Voldemort being the same person. Grindelwald does have a soul unlike old Voldie who doesn’t. He also seems to have loyalty to his followers. Another thing that isn’t like Voldemort is the fact that he honestly doesn’t seem to hate the muggles, and don’t think I am saying that he likes them. From what I watched and how I felt, Grindelwald doesn’t care who he has rule over as long as he as rule over them. He isn’t anti-muggle like Voldemort. Grindelwald seems like he is also a little wiser than Voldemort. He is more of sneaky person and that’s obvious.

My favorite relationship throughout the movie had to have been Credence and Nagini, or I at least felt like they were the most interesting ones. I wasn’t able to tell if they were a couple or if it was more like a brother and sister relationship. Either way, it was nice to see Credence with someone that cares about him. On top of that, it was revealed that Credence was a Dumbledore; I don’t believe this though for quite a few reasons that I don’t really want to get into as it might take a while.

 

I would have to say there isn’t much more to talk about right now. Overall, I would like to see this movie again to confirm my thoughts, but I also thought that it was fun to watch. I didn’t mind all the sub-plots they had going on that other people seemed to mind. If you haven’t seen the movie and have read all the way through this for some reason, then I hope that you are at least going to give it a peek after you just ruined the movie for yourself. If you have seen the movie and read all the way through this rant filled article, thank you and I hope that it in some way helped you out a bit.

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One Response to “Ramble Review: Fantastic Beasts and The Crimes of Grindelwald”

  1. Diana Beatty on December 14th, 2018 10:13 am

    I liked the story but I felt the execution was a bit flat – so much potential but too little time/means for relating to and developing the characters. I think this story would have been better served in a novel vs. screenplay.

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