Sequel surpasses original

graphic by Marissa Arnold

A fantastic sequel showcases an action packed adventure with multiple old and new faces.

Months have passed since the setting of the first movie, and Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” 2016, “The Theory of Everything” 2014), has lost his privilege of international travel. He is informed by his superiors of Credence, played by Erza Miller (“Justice League” 2017, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” 2012), surviving his encounter with the American Ministry of Magic.

He eventually gets tied up in the hunt to find him in Europe by request of his old friend Dumbledore, played by Jude Law (“Sherlock Holmes” 2009, “Alfie” 2004). While they search for the missing boy who desires to learn his past, Grindewald, played by Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” 2006, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”), is expanding his dark following.

The story that follows this movie is far more interesting in how it gets deeper in who the villain is, and how tempting his power is to those who feel silenced in the wizarding world. More gets explained about those who appeared in the previous movie, bringing about a plethora of other questions.

Unfortunately, many characters from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” lacked much character development. There is hope for the next film that after what they experienced in this movie, they will be changed either for better or for worse.

Credit to the film’s special effects and animation team is due for its incredible monsters and the magical spells unleashed within it. Absurd situations throughout the movie catch the audience’s eyes and attention with excellent effects and plot.

“Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindewald” is an overall impressive movie proving better than the first film. Its web of subplots, fascinating story, and visuals are exemplary.

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