Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a fantasy film produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Heyday Films. Directed by David Yates, the film is the second edition to the Fantastic Beasts series (the first one being Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and is set in the universe known from the Harry Potter film series.
How to Stream or Download Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
You can stream it or you can download the full movie from iTunes once it becomes available. To start streaming or downloading hit the button at the end of the review. The movie will have audio and subtitles in several languages, however, the much-sought Tamil and Hindi might not always be there.
The Film Review
Released on 8th November 2018, the film features a talented cast consisting of Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, Johnny Depp, and Claudia Kim.
The Crimes of Grindelwald is set in 1972 as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald escapes from a maximum security transfer facility held under the Magical Congress of United States of America (MACUSA).
Three months later, Newt Scamander gets an offer from the ministry of magic to restore his international traveling rights in exchange for helping them to locate the Obscurial Credence Barebone.
Newt denies initially but decides to go after Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore. Meanwhile, Grindelwald goes out on the hunt to Paris as well as he believes that the Credence is the one who can kill Dumbledore.
Newt encounters a couple of his American friends who reveal to him that his sister, Tina, is out searching for Credence as well. In Paris, Credence and a young female circus attraction called Nagini, search together to find Credence’s birth mother.
Tina meets Yusuf Kama who also appears to be searching for Credence. Soon, Tina and Yusuf meet up with Newt and Jacob (one of the two American friends of Newt) as they infiltrate the French Ministry of Magic to look for further information regarding Credence.
Grindelwald shows up and it is revealed that Queenie (the second of the two American friends of Newt) had been secretly working for him as she, along with Credence, join forces with him. A magical fight takes place inevitably defeating Grindelwald.
The film ends with Newt going back to Hogwarts and meeting Dumbledore where he reveals that a blood pact was made between him and Grindelwald hence, they can never duel one another directly. It is also revealed that Credence is actually Aurelius Dumbledore, Albus’ long-lost brother and the only one powerful enough to defeat him.
The Movie Production
J.K Rowling continues to impress with her brilliance by continuing the original Harry Potter magical film franchise.
She works with David Yates, marking their seventh collaboration together. The film is full of new and unknown characters, many of which have the potential to go big in the upcoming editions. The main VFX companies involved in producing the film consist of Framestore, Rodeo FX, DNEG, Image Engine, Double Negative, and Method Studios.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: the Soundtrack
To compose the film’s main score, James Newton Howard was hired by the filmmakers. The official soundtrack was released by WaterTower Music on 9th November 2018.
The Bottom Line
Overall, The Crimes of Grindelwald has done well for itself, considering how the franchise is still relatively in its developing phase. It has received mostly positive reviews from the fans, and has, so far, managed to gross over $442 million on the box office.