FILM OF THE WEEK: Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald
Should J.K Rowling have just left the story as it was? Are we really that invested in the life of Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything)? Well, if the first in the planned franchise of five movies didn’t pull in the casual Potter fan, the second in the series certainly will as The Crimes Of Grindelwald reintroduces a whole host of classic characters.
It’s a star-studded cast where Jude Law (The Holiday, Sherlock Holmes) plays a young Dumbledore, Johnny Depp returns as titular, evildoer Grindelwald, while Nagini, Voldemort’s snake, is presented in human form thanks to the acting talents of Claudia Kim (The Dark Tower).
With such a sterling cast, it means the story isn’t as dependent on Newt this time around and instead allows the characters to flourish on their own. As for the story itself, things pick up where Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ends. Evil is at large, and Newt is tasked to take down the dastardly Grindelwald with the help of his sidekick Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler, The Walking Dead) and, erm, his collection of fantastical beasts.
While we probably wouldn’t recommend the fantasy flick to the spontaneous cinema-goer (there’s a lot of lore to hack through), it’s certainly a must for anyone who’s been keeping up with the antics of Rowling’s magical universe to date.
In cinemas November 15
Meet the new cast
The BAFTA-winning actor takes on perhaps the most hhigh-pressure role in the series; a young Albus Dumbledore. Wonder if Michael Gambon gave him any tips?
The South Korean actress takes on the human form of Voldemort's most prized possession of sorts, his snake, revealing her mysterious back story.
Daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, the actor is quickly proving her own talents. She signed up for the role of Leta Lestrange, thought to be Newt’s old flame.
One Scamander clearly isn’t enough, as brother Theseus bags himself a role in this second movie, with Callum (Assassin’s Creed) deemed fit for the part.
The former Call The Midwife actor has been assigned the mysterious part of Bunty. All we know about her so far is that she’s a fellow Hogwarts graduate.
What else is in the cinemas over the next week
Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams
The band recall their journey into fame for the first time, from humble beginnings to global stars, with performances bringing the film to life.
Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Christmas-hating character this time around, with the Grinch plotting to spoil the festivities for the residents of Whoville.
This crime thriller sees Ben Foster play Roy Cady, a hitman diagnosed with cancer at just 40 years old, although he’s more enraged by his mob boss.
Set in Belfast in 1941, a young boy and his friends are determined to save baby elephant Buster as air raid bombs pose a threat to the animals as well as the people.