Movie Review; Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

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Assalamualaikum and Hi! I'm back again and I'm really in a mood to update my blog, hence this entry :) 

I really wanted to see this second Fantastic Beasts movie so bad, (like SO BAD it even entered my dream for days) but due to my hectic time over there, I didn't really have much time, and nobody even bother to ask me to watch this movie together, like, nobody. It's leaving me sad. I mean of course I'm not watching this movie alone. Actually I can but... hmmmm. Sometimes I do wonder why I don't have friends. Okay, I'm exaggerating. I just wondered why my friends did not want to spend time with me when they are obviously free. I don't know, maybe because I am... boring. *sobs* Well, what can you do? *blow nose dramatically*

It's time to soak in all those unnecessary emotions and get my review mode on. Let's get it!

Movie title: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Year / Genre / Language: 2018 / Fantasy / English


In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, though he's unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. (Source)


4 / 5

When the first movie was over, I can't wait to see Johnny Depp to act as Grindelwald in this movie because in the last movie, he appeared just a few moments during the ending. The promotional poster that featuring each one of the cast is really stunning. I mean this:

The character I looking forward to the most aside from Newt is of course Grindelwald itself, Dumbledore, and oddly, Nagini. I am curious about how Dumbledore is during his younger days, and for Nagini, well, because she is the loyal pet of Voldemort and I want to know how she ended up as one when she is just a normal human being just like us. (I do read the fan theories about Nagini actually comes from a human being long before J. K. Rowling actually revealed this, but still, her 'appearance' here do surprised me a bit, a fan theory just come true!) But nothing much had been revealed about her, maybe we can expect it will come within the next movie.

I expect a plot twist for the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, as they used to be a very, very, close friend long before, and I wanted to know how bad their relationship progressed after. 

However, the major, real problem here is they cannot fight each other because of the blood pact, I thought it was something that J. K. Rowling would set-up to make a "conflict" so the movie would not end too quick, am I right? It's a good thing, we got another artifact there — a vial. As for Credence, yes, I did expect that somehow he managed to survive from the last incident but I did not expect he would still held that much important in this movie. Yet I am wrong.

Besides, we are introduced to Newt's brother, Theseus and a brief love triangle involving Leta and that two brothers. Also, we finally got to see Nicholas Flamel! (which is briefly mentioned in Harry Potter 1)


At first I thought Nagini would be on Grindelwald's side but she's actually not (but we can't be sure of that yet) and it still shocks me to now that Queenie was actually ended up to Grindelwald's side. I do pity Queenie because of how innocent and how desperate she is to obtain the intricate love she's been wanting. I reckon the next battle going to be to a more personal level.

Rumors regarding Leta's lost brother, Yusuf Kama's lost relative and how Credence suddenly get involved is somewhat heavy and I need to watch it twice to actually understand that properly. The connection between them is somewhat complicated and it took a lot of thinking to actually understand (at least for a terribly slow person like me). I didn't expect I would watching a "deeply-family-themed" movie before I watch this movie. But anyway, no worries, I already understood it wholly after second time's watching.
(Fun fact: I'm watching this without any subtitle so guess how hard I tried to come up with anything that make sense.
Considering my average English skill.)

I do view a few online critics about the movie saying J. K. Rowling were making the universe small by keeping each one of them related. But for me, I don't even care about that stuff because the smaller the universe, the more we can remember the character deeply.

My thoughts on the ending were, at first, I don't quite get it. But the second time I watched it, I was like "No way. No. in. the. world. it would have happened!" because I just simply cannot accept that. I am used to the fact that the Dumbledore siblings used to have only three and what in the world? Actually they have four? It's the same as to say Baudelaire's orphan actually have four! Okay, not related to Dumbledore or Harry Potter at all, but still...

It took me a long time to really digest that fact, just because I really can't accept it. Maybe she didn't plan to make him as the fourth Dumbledore but wow I just cannot simply accept it, it's totally mindblowing. Call me overdramatic because I am. I wonder how J. K. Rowling will have to juggle with that fact for the next film. I hope she won't having a headache because that's going to be a long ride back to the where Dumbledore even begins, and I hope it will not make everything much more complicated. I hope. I hope.

I think the next movie will be more about Dumbledore family-line and to discover more about Credence.

best wishes, 

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