Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Review)

The sequel to the first Fantastic Beasts finally came out and I'm so glad I managed to fit this cinema trip into my busy Christmas schedule.

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After the first Fantastic Beasts, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this film. In fact my expectations were really rather low. Perhaps, that's why I ended up really loving this film. It's so much more than I ever thought it would be and I ended up loving it.
Not only does the cast from the first film reunite to continue developing their relationships, but also fill in some of the gaps which the first film left as unknowns, it also has a real story line. Unlike the first which seemed pointless and boring, this story has a beginning, middle and end which flows and completes the plot.
The film focuses on two overlapping storylines. The first is about the escape of Grindelwald froma top secret prison. He goes on to rally the wizarding world against the governing body while searching for a long lost all-powerful wizard. While the ever lovable, Newt, is slowly being pushed out, rebels to find his lost love.
The acting is sublime, the effects are very special and the movie has so many more crossovers with Harry Potter than the previous film. I love that we can see scenes from the Harry Potter franchise in flashbacks but also it unites the two different cast members with those mentioned in the original stories, making it a real fan zone cross over. 
Overall, I actually really enjoyed the film. Perhaps this was in part due to my very low expectations following the first film, or maybe simply due to the writing. The story is made all the better with a bit of a side plot which reveals deep dark secrets and links to those with previous Hogwarts knowledge. It was interesting, engaging and I can't wait for the next!