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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald [2018] (1 disc)

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Director:David Yates
Writer:J.K. Rowling
Composer:James Newton Howard
Length:134 minutes
(2 hours 14 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:37%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Newt Scamander joins with Albus Dumbledore to defeat the escaped evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald and his plan for a new world order.


Reaction: A bit of a mess but with some interesting moments. At least nobody can know where it's going in advance, not being based on a book.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
David Yates => Director
J.K. Rowling => Writer
James Newton Howard => Composer
Alfie Simmons => McClaggan
Alison Sudol => Queenie Goldstein
Brontis Jodorowsky => Nicolas Flamel
Callum Turner => Theseus Scamander
Carmen Ejogo => Seraphina Picquery
Claudia Kim => Nagini
Cornell John => Arnold Guzman (as Cornell S. John)
Dan Fogler => Jacob Kowalski
Derek Riddell => Torquil Travers
Eddie Redmayne => Newt Scamander
Ezra Miller => Credence Barebone
Fiona Glascott => Minerva McGonagall
Hugh Quarshie => Mustafa Kama
Jamie Campbell Bower => Young Grindelwald
Johnny Depp => Grindelwald
Jude Law => Albus Dumbledore
Katherine Waterston => Tina Goldstein
Kevin Guthrie => Abernathy
Sabine Crossen => Mrs. Lestrange (uncredited)
Wolf Roth => Spielman
ZoŽ Kravitz => Leta Lestrange

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Johnny Depp signed on without reading a script. He wanted to be a part of the series because he is a self-proclaimed massive fan of the series.
  • Newt Scamander carries a wand, practices magic, and works for the Ministry of Magic, even though he was expelled from Hogwarts, which puzzled several fans online, especially since Hagrid wasn't afforded those liberties. J.K. Rowling explained that the reason for this will be revealed throughout the series.
  • To prepare for the role of Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling gave Jude Law extremely secret details about his character during a two and a half-hour meeting between the two of them, during which he was allowed to ask as many questions as he needed. Law also watched Michael Gambon's performance in the previous six films to help establish the character and performance.
  • J.K. Rowling has confirmed on Twitter that Newt Scamander is still going be the main character in the following movies.
  • The interior of the basement where Newt Scamander keeps his beasts is stylized according to the lithograph "Relativity" by [?] M.C. Escher.
  • During his first audition for Theseus, Callum Turner instinctively kissed Eddie Redmayne on the top of his head; he believes that was what got him the role.
  • The role of Nagini was previously offered to Indonesian actress [?] Acha Septriasa, as J.K. Rowling stated that the character was inspired by folklore from Indonesia. She turned down the offer because of pregnancy.
  • Costume designer [?] Colleen Atwood has been dressing Johnny Depp for all kinds of characters for over 30 years.
  • Although Theseus is the older brother of Newt, Eddie Redmayne, who played Newt, is 8 years older than Callum Turner who played Theseus.
  • The renewed casting of Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald (a role he had briefly played in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)) caused considerable controversy among fans, due to Depp's highly publicized divorce which was accompanied by allegations of domestic abuse (which he denied). Writer J.K. Rowling, however, has defended the casting choice, releasing statements in which she fully supports Depp's involvement in the film and its upcoming sequels. Interestingly enough, Rowling's ex-husband once claimed that he struck her.
  • The early rumors on who would play the young Albus Dumbledore included Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch and then Jared Harris (the son of the late Richard Harris, who played the older Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies).
  • Filming began in January 2017. On Twitter, J.K. Rowling announced that Alison Sudol would return, alongside the already confirmed Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston.
  • When Nicolas Flamel opens his locker, the Philosopher's Stone can be seen glowing inside.