As with every installment of the Harry Potter universe, fans were clamoring to get into theaters to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Who could blame them, though? The second entry to the Fantastic Beasts series (itself already prequels for the Harry Potter books) seemed very promising, as the first movie was well-received among fans and critics alike.
However, things began to change once the film went into production. One of the first things that showed the film might be off-kilter was the casting choice of Johnny Depp. Though Depp had recently been outed for allegations of domestic abuse, the film went through with having him on anyway, something that didn’t seem to chalk up to anything other than celebrity status.
Fans (myself included) may not have been willing to look past this, but certainly be willing to check out the film regardless. What we found out, though, was that the film certainly did not live up to our expectations.
I think the film is trying to explain too many things in the Harry Potter universe and as a result not explaining enough things thoroughly. After the end of the previous film, I was hoping that the character of Newt Scamander would be more fleshed out, but unfortunately not. It seems that (like with the Depp casting decision) the film was made for celebrity status, to bring another entry to a series that feels fleshed out enough. If J.K. Rowling wants to add more, I have no problem with that, but it feels weird not to know why even after having watched the film.