60 Second Verdict:Â Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
60 Second Verdict: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
24 November 2018
It’s another trip back into the history behind Harry Potter and the magical school of Hogwarts. The arch-evil wizard Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) is on the loose again, and pursuing a plan to put the world’s muggles under magical domination. A younger version of Professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) approaches Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to try and track down the dark wizard before he can do more harm - but will Newt’s assortment of magical beasts and muggle friends be enough?
There are heaps of tie-ins from the previous Fantastic Beasts, and nods to all the Harry Potter books.
This latest episode is actually taking a play from franchises that have lost their way – not sure what to do? Take it on the road! So we’ve done New York; now we’re heading to Paris. And Grindelwald is also struggling to bring anything Voldemort hasn’t already done – ah, will do. Unless of course it’s a love story with Dumbledore…
Newt’s determination to ‘do what’s right’ seems great, but he’s also determined to ’not pick a side’, as thought right was something that could be determined by everyone separate of everyone else. Maybe his kind of right is letting everyone do what’s right-by-them? But, right, truth, good all point to a standard, which you’re either on one side of or that other. At least that’s what that other best-seller, the Bible has to say.
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