Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
There are enough creatures on display for this one to merit a review here on this site, despite it being a “family friendly” flick. (Although it does manage to get a PG-13 rating.) In particular, the Matagot should be of interest to theria-minded Horror marks. Depicted in the film as solid black hellcats with shiny, oversized eyes, the Matagot is a real entity from French folklore—that is to say, it really does appear in French folklore and was not created for the movie; it remains undetermined whether or not the Matagot is real in the strictest sense—said to be the spirit of a human being, either living or dead, in the form of an animal, typically appearing as a large black cat. (ABCs, anyone?)
I may be the most desired audience for this film, as I’m not a Harry Potter mark. I haven’t read the books and have seen only some of the movies. My interest in the Potter-verse is tangential at best. I showed up for this movie because of the creatures. (And Alison Sudol. Hubba hubba.) There were a couple of references that I didn’t get, but this didn’t hamper much my ability to enjoy the film. (Ignore those commoner critics* who claim the movie’s plot is too convoluted. I had no real problem keeping up, and again, I’m not a Potter mark.) The acting is fine and the movie is beautiful to behold. I quite enjoyed it.
*Remember, friends. Never trust a commoner critic to accurately review a genre film. Go see this one and make up your own minds.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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