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|Originaltitel:||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 134 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Although MACUSA, the Magic Congress of the United States of America, with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), managed to arrest the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). But he cannot be kept under lock and key for long. He manages to escape and in Europe he sets out to gather a powerful entourage around him in order to put his true plans into practice: The domination of all non-magical beings. Only Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) would be powerful enough to stop him. But there is a secret that keeps Dumbledore from facing his former companion. And so it should be his former student Newt, who should make Grindelwald's plans into niece…
Two years after the first part of the "Harry Potter" prequel, with which J.K. Rowling wants to dive much deeper into the magical world, Newt Scamander and his friends return to the big screen in "Fantastic Animal Beings - Grindelwald's Crimes". The connection to the "Potter" books and films is even stronger than in the first film. Fans will meet many other names and characters besides Albus Dumbledore who they already know or who have family relationships with characters who will be connected to the young magician many years later.
At the same time the new aspects established in the first film will be expanded. The whole thing is getting bigger, more complex… and more confusing. That's the only real problem with this movie. He just wants to tell too much and doesn't manage to really concentrate on one aspect of the story. Sure, it's fun as a fan to dive deeper and deeper into the magical world, to see familiar things again - such as a certain magic school - and to discover a lot of new things. The richness of detail, which is also offered in some scenes, is simply wonderful. But where visual (almost too) much magic is offered, it gets more and more lost in the story itself.
Some aspects work very well. Grindelwald's connection to Dumbledore or the triangular relationship between Newt, Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz) and Newt's brother Theseus (Callum Turner) have as much potential as Credence (Ezra Miller)'s search for his true origins. But since these are just a few of the many strands of the story, none of them are really worked out. The result is an all too overloaded adventure, which in the end tries too hard to put the individual ends together.
Yes, the big spell may be missing in "Fantastic Animal Beings - Grindelwald's Crimes". Nevertheless, the movie still offers the fans of this world enough magical fire to keep the interest in further sequels on fire. The cliffhanger, with which this part ends, seems somewhat constructed, but still works very well. Now one can only hope that J.K. Rowling will cut back a bit dramaturgically for the next film, so that this very special spell, which has made "Harry Potter" a worldwide phenomenon to this day, can blossom again. And driven by this hope, there are still some weaknesses for this movie: Absolutely Worth Seeing!
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