Crimes of Grindelwald is more of a pass-over than the actual deal, it does lay the minefield but doesn’t create any actual explosions.
The sequel to the new and fantastical world of Newt Scammander and prequel to the Harry Potter series the crimes of Grindelwald was quite the hype, yet (if I may say so) the inkling of magic could not let the audiences remain spell-bound. The movie worked more as a cliff-hanger than an actual story or plot-line.
The back-story of characters, the attention to detail and the picturization in the Rowling movie is enticing and grand. The beginning scene of Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) heist; the back story about Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz); the parts about Newt Scammander (Eddie Redmayne) being big-hearted and crazy; and the light-stepped, quick witted young Dumbledore (Jude Law) schooling people left and right, are some of the most beautifully directed and created piece of cinema.
The flow of the entire movie is quite thrilling, yet, when it comes to the gist of the story, the plot was a little lack-luster, the flow of the movie that should have been like a gushing brook was more like a soft creek.
The director (David Yates) it seemed, was more interested in establishing the universe and creating a platform that could give four or five more spin-offs, than actually going through with the pace of the story that was unfurling in front of his audience.
The unabashed beauty and imagination of Rowling came through with the movie, and it was a relief to lose every ounce of self in the world of magic. Stuck between the endless struggle between the right and the wrong, the quest to rule the muggle world and the urge to prove one, more grand than the other, Grindelwald and Dumbledore seemed to be involved less in a lovers quarrel and more in a proxy war. Taking sides and choosing rivals, the magic world is once again divided and the audience waits with a batted breath, but the movie leaves them wanting more.
More is only word that can actually describe the movie. More back-story than the last Fantastic Beasts, more characters and drama, more suspense creation, more expectations and more wait. Wait for the next release that might actually tell us how things progressed and how Dumbledore actually defeated Grindelwald and who and what is the cliff-hanger. Oh the cliff-hanger! The twist at the end is absolutely flabbergasting and yet, it is not explained. More waiting for answers.
Watch the movie to experience the larger than life magical visuals, which are an absolute delight, the twists and the turns the plot takes are great too, but do not watch the film expecting answers! Expect to be blown away, don’t expect to be enlightened.