The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts 2 – The Crimes of Grindelwald has dropped, and there are more clues and a bunch of spoilers you might wish to avoid. I’m including the trailer link and my commentary about it below, so click away now if you’re trailer-spoiler-averse.
The trailer is 2 minutes and 23 seconds, and everything flips by very quickly:
My thoughts, as the RunPee Wizarding World Expert:
- Looks like Jude Law as young Dumbledore has a substantial role, more than the extended cameo that was feared. He looks right for the part. I’m glad.
- “A safe house in Paris.” Now we know why much of this outing will be in France, as was announced during filming last year. LOL: “It’s good to have a place to go, you know, for a cup of tea.”
- The line, “For love,” is placed on a shot of Tina. This makes sense for what we know about where her role is heading in the backstory (as mentioned in J.K. Rowling’s “monster fieldguide” version of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them).
- Nagini! WTF. I don’t like what I’m seeing. I get that they’re trying to tie the old series in with the new, but I’m not a fan of major retconning like this. Can’t an animal just be an animal sometimes? Especially in a movie about ‘beasts’.
- Maybe, maybe Johnny Depp will pull the role off. I think I just have to get over the loss of the cute and “charming rogue” version of Grindelwald we fans were presented with in both the Harry Potter novels and the films. This re-characterization is darker than he should be, and I can’t for the life of me understand why Albus Dumbledore was ever in love with him. Unless they retcon Dumbledore as more of a jerk than we’d been led to believe. Anyway, why do I think Depp might pull this off? His voice-over seems pretty good and his momentary scenes have a certain gravitas I didn’t see from this actor before.
- Some flying car action! Where have we seen this before? I miss the Weasleys. Nice callback, though. Appropriate car.
- HOGWARTS! Yes, please, can I have some more?
- WHY IS THIS TRAILER SO HARD TO SEE? When I say it’s dark, it’s not just the subject matter. The director seems to like filming in dim light conditions.
- There’s a beast, hard to make out. Oh, no, it’s something else. Where are the pretty critters???
- There’s the Obscurial. We knew that was coming.
- Nicolas Flamel! Such a pleasure. Great callback to the first HP film with the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone.
- Hmm. Newt is a lot more grim, too. I hope there’s some humor in this film.
- Jacob! There’s my man, and there’s the humor.
- And a portkey, too! All the apparating got boring in FB1.
- Some beasts at last. I hope we get more of that. And I want to go back in the suitcase where he keeps them.
- Awww, Queenie is in pain. Hate that. Don’t you go hurting my girl.
- Leta Lestrange gets the same line she had from the first trailer. I guess they considered that important enough to repeat.
- Oh hey, Newt’s famous brother! He had a small mention in FB1, if you recall, something about being a war hero. I don’t know what wizarding war this refers to. I guess there’s always dark wizards to fight, in every generation. And there’s a cute bit of sibling rivalry to wrap up the preview.
So, that’s it! It’s not a second by second review, but close enough. I think there’s enough meat to chew here to keep us talking until the movie comes out, which will be on November 16th. I’m fortunate enough this time to catch a screening Nov 14th, so I’ll have Peetimes up early for everyone.
What do you think of the trailer?
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