The plot of this sequel of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (here you have the link to my review) follows the adventure of young Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his mentor, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), who have to face Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), a powerful dark wizard on the run and a populist extraordinaire. Grindelwald preaches abolishing laws concealing wizards from muggles, and utilizes future World War II images to justify worldwide wizard supremacy and domination, meaning of course pure blood wizards. He fends off aurors sent by the Ministry for Magic and seems to be unstoppable. Many magical officials believe only Dumbledore has a chance to fight him and win; yet Albus refuses, time and again, to face Grindelwald even if it means humiliating constant surveillance. Why?
This one was a mixed bag for me. While I truly enjoyed CGI beasts and beasties, Paris cityscape and really fantastic special effects, I was less than impressed by the pace of the movie and, overall, its lack of logic. A flying carriage as a way of safe transport of a dangerous criminal from the US to Europe? Seriously? Queenie believing Grindelwald’s claims so easily – so she can read minds and then she can’t ? Leta Lestrange haunted by an image of a drowning child when another scene makes it clear she couldn’t possibly have seen it at all, sitting safely in a boat while the said child was drowning. A case of overactive imagination or rather lack of skills from the part of the scriptwriter?
And that ending. Really, J.K. Rowling seems to be infected by the ‘walking-and-talking’ curse. I don’t want to spoil you too blatantly but I do think the ending of this one significantly diminished all positives from the first part. I hated how many times we were told things by different characters instead of being shown them. After all showing in a movie should be a lot easier than in a book, right? I hated how, after a certain point, the tension dropped and disappeared, never resurfacing again. I hated how Queenie was turned into a pretty-faced, brainless bimbo. She wasn’t one of my favourites but I did have hopes for her, after the first part.
There are sparkles of magic in this one ( Cemetery Pere Lachaise! Nicolas Flamel!) but few and far between. I recommend it mainly for Potterverse fans – they will understand and forgive.