Rotten Tomatoes has become quite a popular thing in pop culture entertainment now as it allows us to anticipate what exactly do we need to expect from a certain movie or a TV show. It puts the verdict of all the critics forward and lets us know how they feel about these films and TV shows. 2018 has had some really amazing films and some major duds, but it certainly has been the biggest year when it comes to the Box Office. Now in the last two months, WB is looking to cash in some big money with Fantastic Beasts 2 and Aquaman.
Fantastic Beasts and where to find them was the film that begun a much-needed franchise for WB. The Harry Potter franchise has really been the gold mine for Warner Bros. as it managed to gross past $6 Billion in its 8 movies, and they just couldn’t let all that fandom end, so we got the prequel to Harry Potter with Fantastic Beats.
The first film did quite well as it managed to bring in $814 Million at a Budget of $180 Million. So, WB has 4 sequels in the works, and one of those is coming out in just one week!
As the movies get closer to their release, the review embargo lifts and the critics start to weigh in their verdicts upon the film. Now the same has happened for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and we have the early Rotten Tomatoes score for the film. So far, the film is not fairing well as the score it has is 56% “rotten.”
The first Fantastic Beasts film got a healthy 74% Certified fresh score, but it seems that the sequel will not be better than its predecessor. It may or may not impact the Box Office of the film, but we will only know about that after the opening weekend of the film.
Other films in the Harry Potter franchise have had a pretty decent run on the Rotten Tomatoes score chart. Here’s how the films are ranked:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (96%), Prisoner of Azkaban (90%), Goblet of Fire (88%), Half-Blood Prince (84%), Chamber of Secrets (82%), Sorcerer’s Stone (80%), Deathly Hallows — Part 1 (78%), and Order of the Phoenix (77%).
The review roundup for Fantastic Beasts 2 is also in, and here’s what the various Websites think about the film:
“Unfortunately, even the most meticulous world-building is only half the journey; you still have to populate that world with real characters and compelling stories, and it’s that second half of the equation that comes up missing in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” The noisiest, most rhythmless, and least coherent entry in the Wizarding World saga since Alfonso Cuarón first gave the franchise its sea legs in 2004, “Grindelwald” feels less like “The Hobbit” than a trawl through the appendixes of “The Silmarillion” — a confusing jumble of new characters and eye-crossing marginalia. Most of the surface pleasures of filmic Potterdom (the chiaroscuro tones, the overqualified character actors, the superb costuming, James Newton Howard’s warmly enveloping score) have survived intact, but real magic is in short supply.”
“Even magic takes a little bit of planning, and in David Yates’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” both are in short supply. In it second outing, the cracks are starting to show in J.K. Rowling’s much-hyped followup series to “Harry Potter,” a franchise that is at the mercy of slapdash planning (these films are cobbled together from various pieces of “Wizarding World” material, not single novels) and the kind of higher-up decree that promised five films (five!) before the first one hit theaters. It’s a lot of time to fill, and while the second film in the franchise nudges its narrative forward, it’s at the expense of a bloated, unfocused screenplay.”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is another strong entry in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World saga. Rowling has improved upon the first Fantastic Beasts film by fleshing out her characters in a way that’s engaging, though not everybody receives as much attention. Both Johnny Depp and Eddie Redmayne are – forgive the pun – fantastic in their respective roles.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens on November 16.