'Fantastic Beasts' plunges deeper into pre-Harry Potter world

Esequiel Farfan
Noviembre 18, 2018

The Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a big-budget, a holiday-timed blockbuster about racism, which may not exactly be the joyful, entertainment families are looking for this time of the year. The sequel is the second installment in what screenwriter J.K. Rowling plans to be a five-film franchise, picking up in 1927 pretty directly after the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The marquee additions, meanwhile, including a toothy role for Johnny Depp (after what amounted to a fleeting cameo) and the introduction of Jude Law as a younger Albus Dumbledore, which, along with some other familiar names, moves this brand expansion closer to the realm of "Star Wars" prequels.

Rowling has improved a lot from the first movie of Fantastic Beasts film by highlighting out her characters in a way that's engaging and thought-provoking, though not everybody receives as much attention.

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More workmanlike than magical, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" nevertheless feels like an upgrade from its predecessor, one that adds star power, introduces key characters and lays the foundation for a genuine "Wizarding World" franchise. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander.

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