Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer #1 Review

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It’s here! It’s finally here! We get our FIRST LOOK at Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and boy did deliver!

Not only did the trailer throw you straight back into the Wizarding World but it was also a perfectly executed trailer. The editing was slick, the build-up was timed to perfection and the crescendo of the music was simply sublime.

The aesthetic looks really good and it flows very much on from the first movie. The trailer promises so much in terms of an epic world-wide story, so already they are cranking up world building. We have new characters, returning characters and characters with brand new faces. Jude Law as Dumbledore is such an exciting prospect, and if this trailer is anything to go by, he’s going to be fantastic.

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The trailer also showed us plenty of snippets of the multitude of stories that appear to be running throughout the movie. There were lots of references to the Lestrange family, different magical organisations, a brewing war and our beast loving Hufflepuff caught right in the middle of it.

If you are a big Harry Potter fan, this trailer probably hit you on an emotional level. It did for us. The relationships in this movie are going to be really intense. You have Newt and his brother, Newt and Leta, Dumbledore and Grindelwald and not to mention Newt and Tina. They have some many character dynamics and relationships to explore, it should hopefully add an extra level of complexity that was sometimes missing from the first film.

As always, we pick our best moments from the trailer and examine them a little further.

5 Things From The Trailer

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Wow. Talk about hooking your audience from the get-go! Seeing Hogwarts again was just a mesmerising start to the trailer. Excitement levels increased instantly, and from seeing the students to those iconic doors, it just felt like returning home. A very smart move and slick editing ensured the trailer got off to the best possible start. The castle looks amazing and the shot over the water zooming into that stunning landmark was just fantastic.

There have been comments complaining about the Ministry officials being able to apparate on school grounds, something which is not possible in the source material. With David Yates and J.K Rowling involved in this, of course, they are going to explain this. This is not a ‘fail’ as some Potterheads are gleefully proclaiming online. Who is to say the reason you cannot apparate into Hogwarts came after events in this movie or possibly the next one? Either way, relax, we are getting Hogwarts again people, keep your head in the game.

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Yes, yes and more YES!

Jude Law just looks fantastic here, in every scene, he commands your attention, we are already very excited to see him in this movie. He’s pulling the strings in the background, with Newt working on his orders. What people need to remember is that this is a different Dumbledore. He is not the wise old sage that we are so used to in the movies and the books. Hopefully, Jude has some real fun with the character, and a more reckless and unpredictable Dumbledore is an exciting prospect.

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Fantastic Beasts

While the excitement of Dumbledore versus Grindelwald seems to be pulling the main focus from Harry Potter fans, let’s not forget that this is still Newt’s series. At least for this next film. We are treated to even more fantastical creatures, and it was the ‘Beasts’ that made the first movie really charming. Yes, they are trying to veer off towards more established Potter-lore with the current direction, but the inclusion of Newt and the importance of his passion for magical creatures is always going to benefit the movie.

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Less Is Grindel-More

Colin Farrell was sublime in the first movie, and I’m gutted Percival Graves won’t be back. Now, Johnny Depp’s inclusion in the franchise has caused controversy with some of the Harry Potter fan-base. His role in the movie, and even being named in the title, is highly unlikely to hurt the movie financially. Depp was brilliant in his recent role in Murder on the Orient Express, and if he can replicate that kind of performance as Grindelwald then the film should be on to a winner with its lead villain.  We only see him twice, the first time in what appears to be a prison break and then standing in front of a large crowd, either on trial or more likely at his Nurmengard HQ, given the hairstyle. The fact they kept him away from the trailer appeases both the critics of his inclusion as well as keeping the villain’s motives and scenes a mystery.

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The Scamanders

They may not always get on, and they hold two completely different set of values, but to see Newt and Theseus side by side, wands raised was a really nice visual. The contrast between the learned pacifist and the war hero is going to be very interesting, especially when you throw the love interest of Leta Lestrange, this could be a tense three-way-relationship. The main visual from this is the two brothers stabbing their wands into the ground and causing the tear in the ground. Cutting to the deathly hallows logo was a great touch and hitting you with Hedwig’s Theme and the title card was a phenomenal end to the trailer.

So there you have it, our thoughts on the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But what did you make of the trailer? Let us know in the comments below.


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