I was lukewarm on the first Fantastic Beasts movie. I really enjoyed the Harry Potter film franchise but I wasn’t sure about this series . This second movie changed that sentiment. I feel like this movie is superior to its predecessor in almost every way.
This movie follows Newt Scamander a few months after the events of the first movie. This movie is fairly self-contained and it quickly recaps the story from the original . Most of the main characters from the original return in this movie. The movie has many noteworthy characters such as Grindelwald and Dumbledore. Grindelwald is portrayed by Johnny Depp and he is a fantastic villain. Grindelwald is a charismatic fascist who wants to take over the world and unite the wizardly world. I adore this performance by Johnny Depp in this movie. Jude Law portrays a young Dumbledore and he is also fantastic in this role. Jude Law is charming , confident and is very likeable as a young Dumbledore. All in all this movie is fun, action packed and is very entertaining.
Sadly this movie has many problems . The biggest issue is with the story telling . The narrative is a mess. Tones shift quickly from wacky to serious. It’s easy to get lost in the story and loose track of what is going on. The movie has a large cast of characters. I like all the performances but the sheer amount of characters on screen is little bit too much to handle. This movie is a sloppy good time.
The movie is a visual treat. The fantastical beasts return in this movie and they look wonderful and are well realized on screen. The computer graphics and special effects are stellar. How the human characters react to the computer graphic beasts is well done and is believable. Newt Scamander feels very comfortable with the animals and it shows on scene.
The movie is a little long but I was intrigued from beginning to end. The great action scenes break up some of the dull middle act. This movie has a little bit of everything with action, adventure, and even some romance.
I feel more confident about this Fantastic Beasts franchise after watching this movie. The movie has its problems , but I enjoyed my time with it.
Final Verdict: 7/10