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Lila N’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
It's a fun as hell movie, TO ME!!
I can never review movies where the story trumps the quality in an objective manner, so here are some unorganized comments instead:
- Stylistically inconsistent, sometimes it goes with the gritty and strange magic-realism that Harry Potter did, sometimes it went with the first Fantastic Beasts’ light and CGI-heavy tone. Also the camerawork changes a lot.
- The story is way too incoherent. It feels like a book made directly into a movie without going through any adaptation process. I feel like the production demands forced this movie to come out prematurely, resulting in the mess that it is. The plot is so thick and doesn’t fit into the screentime but it still feels like so much stuff was left out. So it really depends if you want to watch this as a film or as a novel carelessly made into one. I’ve always chosen the latter for fantasy movies.
- The score is AMAZING. It’s honestly the movie’s saving grace. Goosebumps. Gives the characters a sort of depth somehow, despite...
- ...The lack of good character development. Although, if you read into the writing I’m sure you’ll find the protagonists all relatable and rather complex, and very charming in a novel-ish way.
- Is that shawn mendes
- Is that.... CGI-d mark rylance
- They really truly did not have to make Grindelwald smoke a magic skull shisha
- Leta’s death was truly so unnecessary. She wasn’t even in a life-or-death situation, she never had the upper hand against Grindelwald, making the whole sacrifice thing useless
- I’m not that fanatical about the lore of HP and I think JK Rowling can do whatever she wants knowing that it is her story, so I’m pretty fucking hyped for where this is all going! That Aurelius reveal got me fucked up
- Also my theory is Aurelius is a twin of some kind to Ariana, and Grindelwald intends to attack Albus with him as the obscurus because it reminds Albus of Ariana