Rent Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

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Synopsis:
After the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes from custody, Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is called upon by Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) once again. Facing unforeseen dangers, Newt must find a way to stop Grindelwald, whose plan for pure-blood wizards to rule over non-magical beings threatens to divide the entire wizarding world.
Actors:
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Directors:
David Yates
Producers:
David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram
Writers:
J.K. Rowling
Others:
Tim Burke, Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock, Christian Manz, David Watkins, Andy Kind
Aka:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Children & Family, Top 100 Films, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/03/2019
Run Time:
128 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, Catalan, English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Le Ministere des Affaires Magiques: The French Ministry
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/03/2019
Run Time:
134 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Czech, English, English Audio Description, Italian, Russian, Slovakian
Subtitles:
Brazilian, Castillian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, French, Greek, Icelandic, Italian Hard of Hearing, Latin American Spanish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Russian, Slovakian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Explore the magical world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life on-screen by extraordinarily talented filmmakers, and discover which actors were fans before becoming wizards on-screen. Then, unlock the surprising secrets behind key moments in the film
  • Deleted Scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/03/2019
Run Time:
141 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Czech, English, English Audio Description, French, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Slovakian, Thai
Subtitles:
Arabic, Cantonese, Castillian, Chinese, Complex Mandarin, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Simplified Mandarin, Slovakian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Explore the magical world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life on-screen by extraordinarily talented filmmakers, and discover which actors were fans before becoming wizards on-screen. Then, unlock the surprising secrets behind key moments in the film
  • Deleted Scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/03/2019
Run Time:
141 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, Catalan, English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (7) of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Hard going - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review by CS

Spoiler Alert
10/04/2019

Special effects were quite marvelous.. We were impressed!

However, Eddy Redmaines' demeanour came across soooo annoying! His portrayal of his character, the way he talks.. its like he learned to simper, and speak in such a quiet, styalized fashion that you want to shake him by the shoulders, and tell him to WAKE UP!!!

My wife and I are of reasonable inteligence, but enjoy relaxing watching a film which is'nt so taxing on the brain!

The storyline is soooo complicated!! We repeatadly kept having to ask each other, what was going on.. Until we got fed up, turned it off, and put 'Would I lie to you' on TV, for a laugh, and half an hour of normality to re-boot our brains!

Those who enjoy complicated, ever changing storylines, set in past, present, and future dimensions will LOVE this film..

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

What is the point of it all?! - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review by CS

Spoiler Alert
12/04/2019

Whilst the Harry Potter series were fantastic, well thought out and brilliantly presented, with each film being strong enough to stand on it's own. This (not so) Fantastic Beasts series is fast becoming a clone of all those nasty Marvel movies out there, created purely for the money, with no or very little creative or artistic merit and constantly creating endings that link to the next movie in the franchise! Eddy continues his annoying portrayal, coming across as more autistic than shy and never looking at you or whoever he is talking to! Un-necessarily linking this into the Harry Potter/Dumbledore/Hogwarts characters also spoils it in a way and would have been much better if they had concentrated on leaving Harry Potter out of it completely. The CGI in the opening action sequence is really messy, it's so all over the place and difficult to see what is actually going on. Johnny Depp doesn't really bring anything to the film and neither do any of the other actors or characters in the film, with the one exception of Jude Law, who whilst slightly miscast, does appear to at least make an attempt! What made Harry Potter so special and so successful was that it was mostly a British affair, employing strictly British or European actors and making no attempt at all at pandering to an American audience. Sadly the Fantastic Beasts series appears right from the start to be pandering almost exclusively to an American audience and even when the story is relocated to Paris and London, it still cannot shake of the Americana of it all! This is not a good sign of things to come with this series and with more in the planning, I shan't hold my breath!

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Dull, very dull. - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review by kk

Spoiler Alert
26/04/2019

This film never once got my attention. Dire script throughout combined with unnecessary CGI. I cannot remember one of the characters, I don't want to , to be honest. This bears no resemblance to Harry Potter at all , I don't know if it is supposed to. Choose something else.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (aka Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

J.K. Rowling has made a big mistake with The Crimes of Grindelwald; she has focused too heavily on the lore and rewritten her own continuity. I could already hear the fans up in arms as she spins such tales as Dumbledore’s sordid lineage and the reworking of Nagini as half-human/half-snake rather than just being Voldemort’s pet. She has become the new George Lucas, where fans with froth for her own franchise to be ripped from her hands.

Whatever. Not as heavily engrossed in the Wizarding World lore to become hung up on how little of Fantastic Beasts syncs up with the Harry Potter timeline, I can overlook her retooling so long as I can get into the story and characters. The first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I dug for setting up a new world outside of Hogwarts; the American Ministry of Magic was a fascinating sight with its many systems of mail delivery and imprisonment. Now the story shifts to Paris, France and there’s very little that’s new to showcase. Aside from a circus that packs up quickly, the wonder seems lost in this franchise that is settling too much for its messy politics and character arcs to carry the appeal.

It’s unfortunate that the heroes and villains are going through the same motions yet again. Magical zoologist Newt (Eddie Redmayne) is still too shy to either work for the British Ministry of Magic, choose a side in the war of maintaining wizard peace, and confess his love for the magical officer Tina (Katherine Waterston). He’d much rather tottle around France trying to find the right words for Tina than combat the more immediate threat of the evil wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) riling up the wizard masses to go to war with the muggles. And so we have another balance of the dark (Grindelwald) and the whimsical (Newt).

The problem is that both arcs never become that engaging as they’re continuously crowded with extra padding. Similar to Newt, Grindelwald is too shy to recruit the cursed threat of Credence (Ezra Miller) directly. He’d rather convince the young boy to come to him through a series of overly complicated manipulations in history, staging of assassinations, and hiring of assassins. And through this messy plot, too many characters are thrown into the mix. Casting Jude Law as a young Dumbledore is a great idea but he’s unfortunately pushed to the side as little more than a footnote for this film. The wizard Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz) has a sordid history involving Credence but following her struggle and pathos, coupled with a ridiculous murder-mystery twist, ultimately leads nowhere. And there are probably at least a dozen other characters weaved into this story as well that only further complicate the script.

Why is Rowling trying to write the Harry Potter equal of Syriana? This should be an adventurous fantasy but even the return of the plucky muggle Jacob (Dan Fogler) feels tacked on. And how much fun can you have with a film that involves zapped toddlers, drowning babies, and Grindelwald literally showcasing the future of the Holocaust? Even the darkest days of Hogwarts seem quaint compared to this sloppy story that seems to believe overcomplicating the plot somehow makes it more adult. I should’ve suspected as much when the previous film relied on Giggle Juice for laughs.

Pardon the cliche but the Wizarding World has lost its magic. Whereas the previous films always felt as though they had real character and goals to drive past all the muck of sifting through wizard terms and lore, Crimes of Grindelwald offers no comfort. You’re either stooped enough in the Potterness for the long haul or you’re going to get left in the dust. And since I never so much as picked up a Harry Potter guide or read through a fistful of online babblings, it’s mighty dusty back here.

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