That the content of the Newt suitcase is consistently more interesting than he is, remains a problem. Rowling continues to…
That the content of the Newt suitcase is consistently more interesting than he is, remains a problem. Rowling continues to try to make him and the mysterious Credence (Ezra Miller) story’s twinned center. Nevertheless, your attention, almost demanded, is returning to the movie’s more handsome, more charming supporting players, especially Queenie (a wonderful Alison Sudol) and Jacob (the same appealing Dan Fogler). They do not share Newt’s pedigree or Credence’s unfortunate threats; they are side dishes. But they have the charming idiosyncrasies and human weaknesses of Rowling’s best creations, and they prove to be the ones you care about.
On the page, Rowling is a master narrator and creates worlds that are so filled and tightly structured that you can easily call them up in your mind without ever having seen a single adaptation of her work. What sometimes ends up is a plot structure – the arrangement of all her attractive whirling parts. Steve Kloves, who wrote anything but one of the Harry Potter films, was gifted to give Rowling’s more and more novel novels, with all their detours and tasteful details. Here, however, Rowling has abandoned her maximalist tendencies and so messy up the story as you spend far too much time trying to remove who did what to who and why.
Its pedigree and behind the scenes ensure that “Grindelwald’s crime” is scattered with less pleasure, mostly ornamental – the brassy filigran that calls up old worlds, the abominable river that reminds you of the past of the adventure. There is also Zouwu, a charming monster with a catlike face and a long body whipping around like a Chinese New Year’s Dragon, ascending everyone sharing the screen with it. But at that time, Rowling has gathered all his stories together, and a somnolent Zoë Kravitz, like the slim looking Lestrange, leads you through another leveling, the movie has loosened your grip on you. It only tightens when the story boils shifting to Hogwarts, where Dumbledore, fond memories and the promise of better stories awaits.