Alright, so this review is definitely long overdue–and two days late…But! Better late than never as I like to say. Also quick note, I’m going to be trying a new system with my reviews. I’m going to call it The Good, The Bad, and The Meh–total movie nerd brownie points if you get the reference. So, let’s see how this works out eh? Let’s start!
When I went to see this movie, I gotta admit I was expecting a lot out of it. I mean, it’s part of the Harry Potter universe and as a “Potter Head” It’s no surprise I expected a lot. Thankfully, most of them were well met.
I loved the fact that they showcased many more magical creatures in this one. From the baby Nifflers, to that giant Chinese cat…creature…thing. The one that Newt saved. All of them were just simply amazing in their own way. The fact that the studio also gave them personal characteristics that are unique to each of the species was something I really enjoyed. (Especially the baby Nifflers. I mean c’mon they look like baby platypus! And they steal anything shiny. If that isn’t cute, I don’t know what is.)
Another thing I like was the relationship they showed with Newt and Bellatrix’s ancestor–Lesta. Even though she is engaged to Newt’s brother, it’s amazing how entwined her and Newt are. It goes as far back to their time in Hogwarts! I especially liked what you discover about her family at the endo of the movie. It really gives the LeStrange family depth.
The last thing I liked about the second Fantastic Beasts was all of the Harry Potter references. They throw so many in , that it really makes a dedicated fan like myself appreciate it. It’s like a little Easter egg hunt. One of my favorite ones that they threw in was what they threw in about a certain…snake.
Now, I hate to admit it, but this movie did have at least one thing that I didn’t like about it. And that would be: There was not enough info on Grindelwald’s and Dumbledore’s relationship. It just felt like they dumped it in our laps so to speak. Like, “Oh, by the way, these two have an extremely deep relationship that we’re only going to hint at and not give you much information on. But, we assure you, it’s a huge plot point. We’re just not going to tell you why yet.”
The fact that they did that really bugged me. I mean, occasionally in movies you can pull that off really well but, with this one it was….lacking. All they gave us was they had a relationship, and they are connected by some type of blood seal.
Now on to what I like to call the ‘Meh’ portion of this review. The first thing of this movie that I believe was rather ‘meh’ was how little they went into Miss Goldstein’s and Newt’s relationship when there’s something clearly there. (I know, I’ve talked about relationships a lot through this review. What can I say, I feel like it’s the back bone for any good movie/story.) Reason why I believe these two have a history is because of two things: How Newt talks of her back in the first movie. And the moment they share in the second when they are in the French Ministry of Magic.
Going back to Dumbledore’s and Grindelwald’s relationship, something I found rather ‘meh’ was the Blood Seal that they show us at both the start and end of the movie. They make a big deal of it, yet it’s not explained so we don’t really understand the weight that it must truly hold.
Finally, Creedence. Poor boy, he always seems to get the short end of the stick. The reason why he’s in the ‘meh’ category instead of the good, is for one reason. I just didn’t feel as much for him as I did in the first movie. Sure, I feel for him with the whole “Trying to fine who his is” shtick. But, eh, it didn’t grab me as much this time. Although, I will give him the last part of the move. Definitely wasn’t expecting that one.
Well, that’s a wrap for this week’s review. How do you think the movie went? Do you agree with this review, or did you see something I didn’t? Tell me in the comments below!