Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review

James Muenzenmaier, A&E Editor

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The wizarding world has returned to the theater screens once again with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Revisiting familiar faces from the previous film, mainly Newt  played by Eddie Redmayne, and Porpentina Goldstein, played by Katherine Waterston. The film features the struggle between friends to defeat one of the most deadly and fearsome wizards: Gellert Grindelwald. The answer to what he wants is quite simple. Grindelwald views the non-magical people, or “muggles” as inferior and wishes to subject them to a lifetime of servitude. Mixed into this daunting narrative is the story of Credence Barebone, a young corrupted wizard that will do anything to discover his past, and identify the family he once belonged to. The actions in the film seem streamlined, that meaning, it’s quite easy and rewarding for the viewer to understand the decisions and actions that characters make, but anticipating the story as it unfolds is considerably more challenging than most, making for an enjoyable experience to a majority of several audiences and demographics. Everyone from first-years to veteran wizards will definitely enjoy this magical incarnation of J.K. Rowling’s talent of storytelling. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has a run time of 134 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action.