Watched this movie on DVD today, to be honest, the visuals are good, the acting reasonable, the story, is a slog, clearly this movie is to busy setting up for the sequels that its falling over its self, if anything, I think with Fantastic beasts, JK simply wanted a excuse to visit other parts of the wizarding world that Harry Potter never did! I found in this film, there is to many characters and many of them underdeveloped or simply forgettable, the reason Harry Potter worked so well, is because we got to grow with the characters and see some kids grow into adults and fine actors, here, we are just given Newt, a collector of strange magical creatures, who is already an adult, yet he really lacks motivation as a character. In all, I have to give this film a 2 out of five Stars, to much time wasted on setup for sequels and not really enough to truly keep one invested in the story, I think JK could of used a cowriter or someone to look over her script prior to filming.
My general thoughts are for this: Aside from the fact it could of been better, many of the preformances by the actors were just subpar, to many characters who just suddenly appear and have next to no back story, I also feel the title of the film is rather misleading, it shouldn't be called the Crimes of Grindelwald, it should be called Magical World Paris, with a title like it has, one would expect more of a trial type film, where Grindelwald is put on trial for his crimes, not escape in the first act and then spend rest of the movie pretty much mopping about and then making some speech towards the crimax of the film. In the first film, the reveal of the villian being Grindelwald was a complete waste of time because it meant nothing, there was no pay off for that, we are seeing the main villian for the first time and their doing nothing but getting taken away by the good guys. As a villian, Grindelwald is weak, dull and uninspired, the guy playing Dumbledore was pretty desent and had a much stronger performance than Grindelwald did!