Political Message in the Film “Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald”
After two years of waiting, finally thank God I was able to watch the second sequel to Fantastic Beasts “The Crimes of Grindelwald”. In the past, it was really difficult to move on from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it first aired at the end of 2016. This time, I also had difficulty moving on and even wanted to watch it for the second time.
It feels like a film with a duration of more than two hours or 133 minutes is still lacking. The word that came out of me when this film ended, “Geez run out,” with a tone of disappointment. It feels less long and wants the story to continue. Now after the second sequel, we have to wait another two years for the next sequel. Hopefully long life and hopefully it will be accelerated not until two years before it will air again.
Some of my friends’ comments that I read about this film were mostly disappointed because of the film ending. According to them the fight at the end was less fierce, as usually the Harry Potter series in each film ending.
In my opinion, the ending of this film is quite exciting. All the characters work together against Grindelwald who wants to destroy the City of Paris. Although it is not as intense as the battle of Voldemort and Harry Potter. Maybe JK Rowling saved a fierce battle as the story writer at the end of the sequel. I believe there will be surprises in every sequel.
In the first series, we are invited to explore the role of Newt Scamander (Eddy Redmayne) as a conqueror of strange animals and are introduced to the wizarding world long before the time of Harry Potter. In this second sequel, the exploration of the character is based on the background of Credence (Ezra Miller). In my opinion, the roles of other main characters such as Queeni (Alisa Sudol) and Propentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) were not too prominent. Even the Nagini character, whose role was previously mentioned, was not that significant.
For me, the most interesting thing about this film is the message that JK Rowling wants to convey is conveyed very well. I think there is a message with political implications behind this film. We know, JK Rowling some time ago became a harsh critic of the policies of the President of the United States, Donald Trump regarding immigrants. Joanne protested Trump’s policies via her Twitter account.
In Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald, Joanne presents a diverse background of places and figures. I don’t think he wanted this film to be too America-Centris or Western-Centris. If in the previous sequel the setting was only in New York, in this second sequel there were London and Paris. The figures also come from Asia and Muslim afro. Asia is presented with a Nagini character who is said to have come from the interior of Indonesia. And there are also strange beasts like dragons from China. Meanwhile, Muslim figures were presented with the character Yusuf Kama who was also a magician. Yusuf Kama has a father named Mustafa Kama. Although there is no mention of Yusuf from a Muslim background, from his name we can guess that the name is identical to the Muslim name.
For me this is an important message. Joanne unites all the characters from various backgrounds to fight Grindelwald who is a representation of the dark world (evil witch) who wants to create destruction.
For followers of the Harry Potter series, of course this film pays for the longing for Hogwarts. Because Hogwarts is also the setting for a place in this film. And don’t forget Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), my idol character in this wizarding world also appears. Young Albus is very handsome. And he remains the favorite teacher at Hogwarts. Initially many guessed that Albus was gay because of his relationship with Grindelwald. But I think they are just friends who are so close like brothers that they vow not to fight with each other throughout their lives.
Sorry if this review has a lot of spoilers. Hehehehe