It’s amazing, some diehards are gonna have issues with some inconsistencies and timelines but it’s about wizards and witchcraft so I think over the course of the remaining films they will be dealt with. This is great for a whole host of reasons, Depp and Law being two of them.
Posted my short review in the M&E movies thread, reposted here, no spoilers just a general overview.
This one is about the easiest review ill ever have to do.
If you love the franchise of HP and the extended universe you will love this. Its a rich interwoven story with some little easter eggs for fans, wonderful characters and good performances (including some really nice return to form of Depp and Law).
If you don't love the franchise this will be either a nothing film (its the 2nd in a 5 part franchise and whilst there is character progression there is no real resolution to the story) or a real slog (there is a lot of canon that either requires or is benefitted by a knowledge of the universe).
If you are a real die hard, fanatical Potter head this will frustrate you as there do seem to be some serious Wizarding World history revisions and inconsistencies.
Personally, loved it, Redmayne is quirky and relatable as a protagonist (Newt is arguably more enjoyable as a character than Harry and Redmayne is pretty clearly a more seasoned and talented actor than Daniel Radcliffe, especially from the earlier Potter films). The "world" that has been created is visually and creatively stunning and Depps Grindlewald is much more easily relatable as a charismatic villain to me (and im a slytherin in Pottermore anyway).
Harry Potter was the first book I ever read. I was eight and amazed by the fact I had read more than 200 pages without any illustration in a single day. I have been a superfan ever since. At the age of 13, I became a volunteer at Brazilian fan site Potterish. Now I am editor-in-chief and last year I was invited to visit the set of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – a dream I never imagined could be possible.
But even I can no longer bear the over-publishing of Harry Potter books. There has been a constant stream of new editions and tie-ins that add nothing more than weight to my bookshelf, and money to the publishers’ pockets. And it’s a lot of money – Potter books sent Bloomsbury’s revenue to £161.5m last year, the highest level in its 32-year-history.