I went this morning to the first showing of the day. When I walked in, I was a little disappointed because the theater wasn't very full (granted, my theater seldom is that crowded at 10:40 a.m., which is one of the reasons I went at that time ) and the folks with kids in the lobby seemed to be going to the Grinch. However, as the trailers were showing more and more folks came in a little late, so even though it still wasn't a full theater, it was more "respectable".
My perspective on this film is that I very much enjoyed the Harry Potter books, even though I was too old to "grow up" with them, and I was never really a die-hard who knew every piece of trivia and every piece of history. I also enjoyed the movies, some more than others, but again, was never a die-hard. Same for the first Fantastic Beasts film.
So, I really enjoyed this film, and I thought Johnny was absolutely awesome. Johnny was everything I was hoping for- to be understated, nuanced, and ultimately very frightening. I never felt the plot was dragging- I actually checked my watch a couple of times (well, I was starting to think I might have to sneak out to take a quick trip to the rest room; I didn't have anything to drink during the film so it was probably left over from my morning coffee fix ) and was surprised in a good way as to how much time had passed (and that it was close enough to the end that I didn't actually have to make that trip after all ) That said, other than Johnny's performance (and really, everyone's performance!) I didn't walk out feeling "Wow, best story evah!!" It was more a great promise for the overall story arc being enjoyable and worth waiting for the next installment, rather than feeling totally blown away. But again, it's probably because I'm not a die-hard Potter/Beasts fan anyway.
As for the "big reveal", I was a little confused, came home and read a few spoiler-ey articles to see that I'm not the only one a little confused. But as I'm not a stickler for details I am not bothered by it and will be happy to wait and see how it is explained (and I'm sure it will be!).
As for the ship sinking, I immediately thought, "That's the Titanic!" but again, coming home and reading articles, it seems there is disagreement about this, and given some details (such as Credence's age and the fact that it was stormy) I guess it probably isn't the Titanic. But that would've been so cool if that could've been worked in!
Lately I haven't gone to the movies nearly as frequently as I was doing a couple of years ago, and I have only seen most of Johnny's recent movies once in theaters, unlike years past where I used to go 3, 4, 5 or even more times in theaters. For this one, I do think I'll go at least once more. If anyone has seen it in 3D, please let me know if you think it's worth it- I only saw it in 2D this time.
I watched it today and what can i say: AMAZING Film!!! I'm still so into it, i just love the magic World since Harry Potter and this one also gave me the thrill- Johnny Depp is forever the one and only who can play such Characters,Johnny never Fails. His Performance was ICONIC here. Everyone i must admit was really good!!
The Story was well written too, love the Blood Bounding between Dumbledore and Gellert. And Qeenie leaving was quite the shock…...omg. Epic Scene was at the End when Flamel arrived….totally loved it
I saw it in IMAX and it was bloody awesome!!! Never saw our Theater THAT crowded since Pirates 2. HELL!!!
ok saw it, liked it although most of it went over my head (not a HP or wizard world reader), loved Johnny as Grindelwald. Going to see it again later this week.
And for the record...i fully support Queenie and her decision LOL
Depp and Law in the next one please ...ok Newt, Newt can be in it as well. But less characters would be preferable too many of them and too distracting from the more interesting Grindelwald and Dumbledore. Credence not bothered about was underwhelmed at the "shock" ending. Would have been more shocked if it had been a Grindelwald lineage.
To sum up good film with some great performances and characters but needs to be more focused.
I have deliberately not read anyone else's review yet. I just got out of the cinema -- 6:10 Saturday show. It was pissing down rain when I went in, and I was alone and kept asking myself why now, why tonight? Both daughters busy. No one else that I know would be even faintly interested, and so not willing to wait, I plunged out into the hell storm to see this film.
I waited on line for snacks but by 6:03 there was no sign that the line ever intended to budge, so I jumped off, and good thing because I got one of the last decent seats in the house. Which stunned the hell out of me. Am I not the only person who believes that a good movie is worth a drowning? Guess not. A mixed house. Some parents with kids and many adults with none. Some singletons like me, which cheered my spirits.
So it begins and yes, another glorious J K Rowling creation. Familiar but different, because we are no longer with Harry Potter but with Scamander. I never do my homework and so I didn't bother to review the first film. And I wasn't immediately able to place folks, nor even to pick up old threads. I managed.
I don't think I was overly impressed, mentally assigning the film to a grade of B until the film moved closer to Grindelwald. I guess the last third. Before then our snippets of Depp's portrayal of Grindelwald were narrow slices. I remember thinking that I needed the film to bring me into direct contact with what this fellow was thinking. I wanted the camera to stop and concentrate on him. I got my wish.
Even though I am a longtime fan of Depp's I don't think I've ever felt -- until tonight -- that he unleashed himself fully in his roles. What do I mean? You know, actors are known for magnificent and towering performances when everyone in the house just goes numb, and time drifts away. I haven't seen that ever with our friend. Some part of him was always standing back, analyzing mentally as he gave us the character. Tonight, Mr. Depp in that fiery scene in the stadium, overpowered me as he has never done before. I was blown across the back of the theater, chills running up and down my spine. Jesus! What power. From his belly. I think that scene could become a drug for me. It triggered that sort of jesu christi reaction. Man, he soared, he stole minds, he invaded, he left us ready for drink. More, Johnny, more and more and more. Leave us bleeding.
I agree firefly. I had the same feeling when he spoke up on the Station,it was intense. Johnny just slayed from the very beginning without saying any word. I was just on fire in my seat. I probably will never ever Forget that Scene when Grindelwald floats out of Prison and THEN THAT close shoot of him…..baaaaammm! loved it!