Fantastic Beasts sequel does not live up to Potterverse expectations

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Fantastic Beasts sequel does not live up to Potterverse expectations

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From IMDb

Jordyn Grist

With the release of the sequel to J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” on Nov. 6, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” fans around the globe are rushing to their nearest movie theatres to see the anticipated film.

Despite the movie’s thrilling preview trailers and hype, critics and fans are less than satisfied over the quality.

With a score of 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 53 percent on Metacritic, 3/5 on Common Sense Media, and with 87 percent of Google users rating the film positively, it’s clear there are some major issues with the newest addition to the Potterverse.

After having been out for a little over a week, it’s already clear that the movie will do worse than its predecessor. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sits with a score of 74 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 66 percent on Metacritic, and 94 percent of Google users gave this one the thumbs-up.

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” starts off with an epic, literally blinding jailbreak wizard battle- something to get fans watching for the remainder of the movie.

Sadly, the film fails to hold everyone’s interest. But, it does make it easy for fans to hate villain Gellert Grindelwald.

A majority of the movie is spent on characters Newt Scamander and Jacob Kowalski roaming aimlessly around searching for their romantic interests, sisters Porpentina (Tina) and Queenie Goldstein, respectively.

While wandering, Tina, who travels to France to avoid meeting Newt, happens upon a Circus and views a performance by none other than Lord Voldemort’s infamous snake, Nagini- except she’s human. Or she at least appears to be so.

The movie confirms fans’ theories by revealing Nagini is a Maledictus, a wizard with a blood curse to doom her to eventually becoming trapped as a beast forever.

We learn that Credence, a major character in the series, is somehow connected to Nagini. The two share a special bond and travel together throughout the film, searching for evidence of Credence’s past.

Besides the massive drops of seemingly random information and the confusing direction, the action scenes, though somewhat sparse, are quite thrilling.

Perhaps the most infuriating part of “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the abrupt ending that leaves us on a cliffhanger.

For the most part, the movie was going at a rather slow pace, and the scenes where the characters were searching seemingly forever for each other could have easily been cut out.

Instead, Rowling, the director, and producers leave us to wait another year to see the true battle between Newt’s gang and Grindelwald.

Maybe some fans don’t feel like waiting anymore.

I’m fed up with the constant postponing of film sequels, and I, for one, will not be pleased to spend my money towards another poorly written Potterverse movie. The hype just isn’t enough.

I was just glad to finish the original “Harry Potter” series, and I don’t think any of these movies will ever get close to topping them.



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