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‘Fantastic Beasts 2:' It’s truly fantastic

  • Published at 08:40 pm November 18th, 2018
Screengrab from Fantastic Beasts 2
Johnny Depp was outstanding in his portrayal of Gellert Grindelwald | IMDB

Eddie Redmayne is slowly making Newt Scamander seem more human. His brother Theseus, portrayed by Callum Turner, makes appearance for the first time in this film, and the chemistry between the brothers is heart-warming

The second instalment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series, “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” was magical in every frame. The film was released on Friday in Bangladesh along with the rest of the world. I was able to catch the afternoon show at the Blockbuster Cinemas on the very first day. 

I have always enjoyed the genre of fantasy when reading books and watching films. So it’s no wonder that I am a huge fan of JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, having read the books religiously every year. 

After the series came to an end with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in 2007, the fan in me was sad and gloomy – with no more fantastic adventures of Harry and his friends to look forward to. 

Rowling wrote a play titled “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in 2016,but I still haven’t had the opportunityto see the show. 

When the five-part series of “Fantastic Beasts,” a prequel of the “Harry Potter” film series – also penned by Rowling – was announced, I was sceptic at first, but when the first film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,”was released in 2016, it took no time to change my mind. In fact, it became my favourite film among all the films in the Harry Potter universe, taking the place of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” 

However, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” dethroned its predecessor in a heartbeat. Here is why. 

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” opened with an action sequence that was set at a breakneck pace, which was very reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s Batmantrilogy. The main antagonist in the film, Gellert Grindelwald,introduces the plot with high-paced action and a number of twists. What made it better was the infusion of a lot of magic mixed with the action.

Many of the characters from the first film returned in the second one, and some characters you did not expect to return also managed to do it. 

The performances were delivered perfectly, but then, this is to be expected when veterans like Johnny Depp and Jude Law portray characters like Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore. 

Eddie Redmayne is slowly making Newt Scamander seem more human. His brother Theseus, portrayed by Callum Turner, makes appearance for the first time in this film, and the chemistry between the brothers is heart-warming. 

I was happy with the acting by Zoe Kravitz, who plays Leta Lestrange, but by the end of the film it seemed her character added little to the story. I feel if her scenes were omitted from the final cut, it would have hardly made any difference.

Experienced film-makers may have an issue with the pacing of the plot, butto meit was very temperate. It was not hard to follow, but at the same time I kept waiting for the next scene. 

The real merit of the film is its special effects usage to show the magic. “Harry Potter” books allowed us to escape from the mundane muggle life, by making us imagine magical locations, with people doing extraordinary things. From my perspective, that was the principle followed by the first three films in the “Harry Potter” series. However, the focus shifted to teenage emotions from the fourth film onwards.

I can safely say that “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has returned to that magical roots. Every scene of magic will make the fantasy fan within you squeal with pleasure, and the last scene of magic is simply mesmerizing. Those who loved the idea behind “Fiendfyre” willespecially enjoy this film. But the best bit is perhaps the twist in the end. I am definitely looking forward to the next films in this franchise.