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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ receiving mixed reviews, critical consensus (no spoilers) ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ receiving mixed reviews, critical consensus (no spoilers)

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is receiving mixed reviews

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is less than a week away and reviews are starting to flood in. Sadly, reviews so far are generally mixed, and the critical consensus seems to indicate the film doesn’t live up to the first ‘Beasts’ entry.

The film currently holds a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to its predecessor (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016) which has a certified “fresh” rating of 74%. Critics are praising the film’s magic and charm, but criticising the overall story and medley of characters.

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times says, “the movie is too busy bouncing all over the place, stuffing subplot after subplot into the mix”, while Michael O’Sullivan of the Washington Post praised the story and noted the film has, “one of the biggest third-act reveals in the whole Harry Potter series.” (Editor’s note: beware spoilers if clicking the review links.)

Of course, these are the views of film critics and not necessarily the general ‘Potter’ population, many of whom are praising the film on social media. We’ll need to wait a week to see how the ‘Potter’ faithful feel about the film.

If you’ve seen the film, what did you think?

Funko to release new ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ Zouwu, Nagini Pop! Vinyl figures in December Funko to release new ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ Zouwu, Nagini Pop! Vinyl figures in December

Funko today announced two new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Pop! Vinyl figures.

According to Funko, the Zouwu is “capable of traveling a thousand miles in a single day but also resembles an elephant-sized cat”. Nagini is of course Lord Voldemort’s infamous snake-Horcrux.

Both Pop! Vinyl figures will be available in December. Click the links above to check them out over at our Pop! Vinyls mini-site.

New ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ poster New ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ poster

Courtesy of Warner Bros., another Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald poster:

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ soundtrack details revealed, listen to 5 tracks from the score ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ soundtrack details revealed, listen to 5 tracks from the score

Warner Bros. has revealed details about the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald soundtrack, due for release next month. James Newton Howard, composer of the first Beasts film (and The Hunger Games franchise, among others), returns to his musical post.

The score will feature 25 tracks, including three solo piano pieces (performed by Newton Howard) not heard in the film. Those piano pieces are “Dumbledores’s Theme”, “Fantastic Beasts Theme” and “Leta’s Theme”.

Of the opportunity to return to the Wizarding World, Newton Howard said, “to work on Fantastic Beasts is a wonderful musical opportunity … the movie is delightful, substantial, and complex; and [director] David Yates focuses very seriously on the music and is a truly passionate and enthusiastic collaborator.”

The score will be released digitally on 9 November, and on CD on 30 November (preorder it here). A vinyl release is scheduled for next month. Read on to see the track list (beware of plot spoilers!) and listen to five of the tracks.

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Johnny Depp speaks for the first time about involvement in ‘Harry Potter’ series, playing Grindelwald, casting controversy Johnny Depp speaks for the first time about involvement in ‘Harry Potter’ series, playing Grindelwald, casting controversy

Actor Johnny Depp has spoken publicly for the first time about his involvement in the Harry Potter series, playing dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in both Fantastic Beasts and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, Depp spoke of his love for the Harry Potter series, bringing the character of Grindelwald to life, and controversies surrounding his casting.

Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald

Were you a Harry Potter fan at all before all this?
I read the books when my kids were smaller and watched the films with them. The books were superb. What J.K. [Rowling] delivered is really a difficult thing to do as a writer — to create a whole new universe and a set of rules. And you pick it up in one fell swoop in the first book and first film. It’s a whole lot of information and I was amazed — you never felt like you were being slathered with exposition or being condescended to. It’s good literature and great writing in its own right.

You’re known for having a hand in creating your characters. We only got to see him briefly in the first film, did you have any say in his initial appearance?
I had an image in my head of the guy. The beauty of J.K. and of Yates is they put trust in me to a degree. J.K. and I had some really nice talks and I had some ideas and she just said, “I can’t wait to see what you do with him.” It was beautifully left as this open gift.

Another controversy surrounded your participation in the film. The director, studio, and Rowling issued statements of support. What was that like for you, and is there anything you’d say to fans on the fence about seeing the film?
I’ll be honest with you, I felt bad for J.K. having to field all these various feelings from people out there. I felt bad that she had to take that. But ultimately, there is real controversy. The fact remains I was falsely accused, which is why I’m suing the Sun newspaper for defamation for repeating false accusations. J.K. has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that’s why she has publicly supported me. She doesn’t take things lightly. She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it.

Read the full interview over at Entertainment Weekly.

5 brand new ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ character posters 5 brand new ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ character posters

Warner Bros. has unveiled 5 brand new character posters for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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