Thursday night I went to the opening showing of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I don’t want to brag but, it was in IMAX.
Before the headliners go off about this stat right here, let’s talk numbers. The lowest opening weekend before The Crimes of Grindelwald was 77.1 million, not including the first Fantastic Beasts that was below these numbers too at 74 million. The 77.1 Potter was Order of The Phoenix and any movie with Umbridge is bound to be terrible. Movie franchise’s that go back to do prequel series’ are consistently destroyed cause some hardcore fans refuse to buy into a new set of movies. Personally, as a Harry Potter fanatic and the owner of one Gryffindor school robe, I loved it. Johnny Depp plays a perfect Grindelwald, not over the top but still playing the role in a cynical way. I mean, look at that photo above, he looks like the wizard that used to get all the girls without even playing quidditch at Hogwarts. Just had the leather jacket and people flocked. Anyone who watched the first of this series knows Credence probably died but they kept him alive for a great reveal. I was never a fan of his character in the first movie but I thought the way they progressed his character allows him to bring way more to the table.
Jude Law’s Dumbledore was awesome and the stuff you find out about Dumbledore is the reason this movie is a must see. Any real fan would appreciate all the things they tie together with the original movies, especially with Nagini being a person (revealed in trailer). This was for sure a setup movie but the information, battle scenes, and magic all make it worth going to see the newest installment. As a Harry Potter fan, I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t like this movie, but setup movies in a series always take the bad reviews and the others get the job done (Desolation of Smaug did about the same in its opening weekend.) I don’t think J.K. Rowling cares about them anyways, the Potter movies have grossed over 2 billion worldwide so numbers aren’t as important. Dumbledore will play a much bigger role in the next movie too.
Eddie Redmayn crushed this role and similar to Dumbledore, you get a look at Newt at Hogwarts and his life before. He’s also up for love triangle of the century but no spoilers. The new creatures in this movie are electric and you still get some of the beasts from the first movie coming back to help Newt and the boys. Speaking of beasts, Dan Fogler is one of my favorite characters in this series. He’s hysterical and the idea of a muggle rolling with the wizards and being right next to all the action is hilarious. All in all, this movie has a unique look at Dumbledore’s life that you don’t get with any of the other Potter movies, not to mention Grindelwald is turning into an all-time villain. The next one in this series has the potential to be one of the better Potter movies in the series, hopefully they go big.