Hello all! I’m Kuma, it’s nice to meet you. This is my first attempt at a blog so please bear with me if it feels clunky and not well thought out at first. I’ll eventually get the lay of the land. I wanted to start this blog to find like-minded people who want to share and discuss movies and books and T.V. shows. I’ll be reading books and watching T.V. shows and movies and reviewing them and giving my overall thoughts and opinions. And we’re going to dive right in with a currently very popular movie (for better or worse)……….
The Crimes of Grindelwald
SO in case it’s not apparent ****SPOILERS*****
I was beyond excited for this movie. I grew up with Harry Potter, I went to Hogwarts with the gang and dreamed of receiving my own letter by owl. When that final paged turned in 2007 and those final credits rolled for The Deathly Hallow in 2011 it felt like the end of a universe so filled with wonder that it was a little sad. Then the whispers started “new movies in the Harry Potter universe” and it was too good to be true, surely?
However!! Here comes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This movie (IMO) held every bit much whimsy as the first Harry Potter films and sucked me back into this universe I thoroughly enjoy. I can’t wait for the next one! 2 years later, here we are, the next installment and man, am I excited for more beasts and Jude Law. So, let’s get into some thoughts as I’m walking out of the theater.
Firstly!! Let’s talk about some characters. Newt, our ever adorable socially awkward protagonist who just wants to take care of his menagerie. Gets sucked into problems that he wants nothing to do with but must help for his love of his brother and the love of his life. We get to see some more into his briefcase of wonder. Where I personally think an entire movie should be centered around. Then Jude Law, he was every bit the Dumbledore I knew he could be. He had the perfect amount of smug “I’m awesome and I know it” air about him. Maybe even more smug because this Dumbledore has yet to face the hardships of the Dumbledore we know and love. Next, we’ll lump Tina, Queenie, and Jacob into a few sentences together. Queenie’s twist was amazing, though not entirely a surprise from the way they set her up in the trailers and posters. Tina was……there. And Jacob was as great the comic relief character he was in the first film. Credence was the same lost kid in the first movie. Hopefully they develop him a bit more than just the angst of not knowing where he belongs. Leta was the driving force behind the entire movie. Her actions are a direct cause of almost every point in the movie. She also has one of the best scenes, when she’s looking back at the Scamander brothers and we don’t know which she said she loves. (ok, it’s totally Newt but we don’t KNOW) Lastly, Grindelwald. This was Johnny Depp playing Johnny Depp as he usually does, and this certainly wasn’t a detractor. While perhaps lacking in many crimes. It was interesting to see the groundwork for all plans he has in mind and all the strings he’s putting out.
The movie was overall enjoyable. I’ve heard people complain that it asks more questions than it answers but for me that is fine for a movie in the middle of an arc. However, I can see the problem with this movie having no legs as a stand-alone movie. If you don’t have an extensive history with the universe it’s confusing, even if you do it’s a bit confusing. There’re some time line issues that may work out once we see the whole picture and some plots points that were more on the “ookkkaayy” side of things. But for a fan I liked it. The twist ending of Credence’s identity as a Dumbledore was an unexpected twist, a right turn out of nowhere. I think that is going to end up being a total misdirect from Grindelwald. I thought the magic was fantastic. Some of the most extensive magic we’ve seen so far, and Newt’s beasts are always a treat to see and explore. I am excited to see the next one and the one after that and the one after that. I’m excited to see the story unfold into a bigger picture.
And that is where I’ll end this. There’s so so much that I didn’t touch on. I left this first one pretty general as I try to work out what I want to say. I didn’t touch upon Yusuf or Nagini’s characters but there are some thoughts I may add in and update when I think of them.
So what did you think of Crimes of Grindelwald? And where do you think the story may be heading?
Next time, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina