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A Fantastic Beast of a film, The Crimes of Grindelwald is an excellent addition to the wizarding world

10 December 2018

Megan Evans another of our talented young critic's circle tells all about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Exciting, delightful and clever, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is an excellent addition to the Harry Potter franchise. With its fast-paced plot and a wide range of colourful characters, this film is anything but boring and offers a wonderful chance to escape from the bleak December weather.

The plot follows Newt Scamander, (portrayed excellently by the extremely talented Eddie Redmayne) a quirky magical creature collector who likes to keep himself out of trouble. Wishing to stay out of the spotlight, Newt fruitlessly tries to avoid being dragged into the fight against the dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) who is travelling through Paris trying to stir up support for his campaign to rid the world of non-wizards. Eventually, Newt realises he has a duty to take a stand against evil forces. Therefore, although the film is quite tense throughout, its main message is quite an uplifting one. We are shown, through Newt’s journey, that it shouldn’t be money, popularity or personal gain that forces us to act; we should choose to do something because we believe it is the right thing to do.

The cinematography in the film is truly amazing. Fantastic Beasts pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved with special effects. As soon as the film begins you are launched into a world of effortless charm, dramatic explosions, beautiful colours and magical creatures that have been brought to life in such a thoughtful way that it brought utter joy to my heart whilst I was watching. I expected the CGI to be good but this film surpassed even my high expectations.

Anyone who loves the Harry Potter series will appreciate the clever and subtle references to the original stories. 

By Megan Evans

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