josh lewis’s review published on Letterboxd:
how do you make a movie about the rise of fascism when you don't believe in the material and institutional failures of liberalism that made it possible? you make a completely inscrutable case for how it was the tragic inevitability of a world dominated by personal identity and choice. i also liked the part where grindelwald confirms that the literal holocaust takes place in this universe, making the whole voldemort = hitler thing super bizarre, like grindelwald's platform is still muggle genocide so he's basically arguing that if we just put all muggles into camps one of them is bound to be hitler so therefore he's preventing the holocaust??? however at least rowling's perplexing, simplistic political worldview is sort of engaging in a hilarious way, the rest of this is still just plain boring, 2 hours of setup for 15 minutes of incomprehensible plot reveals that might make sense in 6 years when the fifth one comes out.