0 Have your say The second film in the Fantastic Beasts series looks wonderful but is weighed down by exposition and arcane back stories as JK Rowling expands her wizarding universe Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (12A) **Suspiria (18) ****It’s hard not to be a little enchanted by Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The second instalment of JK Rowling’s five-part cinematic prequel to the Harry Potter saga has all the beautiful design work, entertainingly oddball creatures and visual wonderment that a franchise of this size can buy and, rather smartly, it uses it to plunge us back into the fantastical world of shy magizooligist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) with the force of a wizard zipping between the No-Maj reality of us lowly humans and the chaotic netherworld swirling just beneath the surface. Sadly, it’s not long before the spell starts to weaken, in a large part thanks to Rowling’s novelistic desire to weave in reams of convoluted backstory that succeed only in overwhelming her duty as a screenwriter to propel the action forward in the timeframe of a single movie.Picking up where the last one left off, the film – once again directed by series regular David Yates… Read full this story
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