Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • PG-13
  • 2h 14m
  • 2018
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From the imagination of Wizarding World creator J.K. Rowling comes the Fantastic Beasts film series, magical adventures set before the time of Harry Potter. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

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Critics Consensus: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has glimmers of the magic familiar to Harry Potter fans, but the story's spell isn't as strong as earlier installments.
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Intense, over-full sequel has lots of wizarding violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald -- the second movie in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series (all of which are prequels to the Harry Potter films) -- is quite intense. It has even more violence than the previous movie did, with character deaths, injuries, magical battles, and lots of mass destruction. Set in 1927, the movie still centers on magizoologist and Hogwarts textbook author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). When dangerous wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes and rallies his followers, a much younger Professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) asks Newt to intervene. These characters may be adults, but other than their tendency to get into danger and magical duels, they're pretty tame: There's just a little bit of (butter) beer drinking and cuddling and a noticeable lack of cursing (Ron Weasley swore more than they do!). And the story's themes of courage and teamwork are clear. Still, the movie's often dark tone and battle standoffs may be too much for the youngest Potterheads.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy
  • Release Date:November 16, 2018
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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