FAN­TAS­TIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDEL­WALD (M) These crimes do not pay enough, US-UK, 134 min

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - READ EYE -

After all those won­der­ful Harry Pot­ter books and movies, we all thought J.K. Rowl­ing walked on wa­ter. How­ever, now that we are two movies into the author’s new Pot­ter-ish se­ries Fan­tas­tic Beasts, a new con­sen­sus is tak­ing shape. J.K. Rowl­ing is tread­ing wa­ter. Per­haps even sink­ing. When it comes to con­jur­ing true movie magic from the ex­ploits of se­ries hero Newt Sca­man­der (played by Ed­die Red­mayne) and his many friends and foes, this se­quel (like its pre­de­ces­sor) strug­gles to cast a cap­ti­vat­ing spell. And as sole screen­writer, Rowl­ing must ac­cept the blame. The new movie has too many char­ac­ters do­ing too much yap­ping. Mostly about stuff that is too hard to fol­low, or too soft to get in­vested in. A gar­bled story un­folds in 1927 Paris, where the wicked Dark Wiz­ard known as Gellert Grindel­wald (Johnny Depp) is spear­head­ing a new move­ment to rid the world of No-Majs (aka Mug­gles).

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