Notes on the final ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ trailer.

The final Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer is here. Visually stunning, it pleasingly reinvents some awful clichés of cinematic dialogue, promises a subtle and maniacal performance from Johnny Depp and provides further, deeply-moving insight into the Dumbledore and Grindelwald dynamic. Unfortunately, it also leaves us with difficult questions that the film itself may not be able to answer, and that the Internet’s elephantine, erroneous accusations of racism may prevent us from asking in the first place.

Taking a torch to Anna Karenina

Hollywood has never been kind to Anna Karenina. Producers sex it up and dumb it down, chuck in lots of money, some pretty costumes and even prettier (usually bad) actors, then sit back and congratulate themselves. So, despite a very original artistic concept from director Joe Wright, a serviceable performance by Jude Law as Karenin…