TAG24’s Take: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is more duds than fantastic
The third film in the Fantastic Beasts series has arrived.
Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (TSD) arrived in theatersbut this third Magic world The installment may lack magic and is less than fantastic.
After several delays and some negative media attention, Dumbledore’s Secrets has finally hit cinema screens and added to the Harry Potter prequel universe.
The fantasy film follows the undeniably weird Newt Scamander, taken over by Eddie Redmayne, and his allies, who help Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, with a mission that takes them deep into Gellert Grindelwald’s army.
Before the release of the third Wizarding movie, it was hit by drama, due to Johnny Depp being replaced by Mads Mikkelsen as the dangerous dark wizard Grindelwald.
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Additionally, previous films in the Wizarding series have failed to make a lasting impression on Harry Potter (HP) fans – and viewers in general.
Unfortunately, TSD also disappoints, as it further proves that there’s nothing fantastic about this franchise.
Mikkelsen and Law are really the only magical actors in the lackluster film, while Redmayne’s ridiculously silly performance makes its main protagonist less and less appealing.
Perhaps director David Yates should have made a series about the fascinating life of the future Hogwarts professor and his unrequited love for his former best friend.
The only good thing Fantastic Beasts has to do is Law and Mikkelsen’s commitment to their characters and their on-screen chemistry.
TSD focuses heavily on Dumbledore’s torment for fighting his evil and now estranged friend, and the blood pact the pair made years ago that keeps the two from moving against each other.
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Enter Newt and his band of accomplices, which include muggle Jacob, reprized by Dan Fogler, charms teacher Eulalie “Lally” Hicks, played by Jessica Williams, and Newt’s brother Theseus, played by Callum Turner.
What should be a successful takedown of the world’s most dangerous wizard – at the time – turns into a series of clumsy mistakes and stupid plans that feel a little basic and under the franchise.
Even HP wasn’t afraid to go dark and scary – and it was basically a kids’ movie.
Amid Newt’s clumsy attempts – the self-proclaimed magizoologist – to help Dumbledore, there’s also Ezra Miller’s afflicted character, Credence Barebone, who is revealed to be a Dumbledore in the 2018 franchise film, The Crimes. from Grindelwald.
This somewhat confusing twist was added to the series and could have been a great catalyst for TSD’s plot.
Still, Credence’s backstory is underwhelming in the new film and isn’t touched on enough this time around – as the love-hate drama of Dumbledore and Grindelwald is the film’s real premise.
In the end, few secrets are out, and TSD leaves audiences even more confused with more questions than answers.
It’s only in the final moments of the two hour and thirty minute film that fans will get a taste of the epic battle that will take place between Dumbledore and Grindlewald.
Hopefully, there are no more off-screen scandals plaguing the remaining films in the series, as Law and Mikkelsen as a couple could be the key to the monotonous franchise’s success.
Let’s be real: Redmayne is not Daniel Radcliffe. While it might be unfair to compare the two, the former doesn’t do the best job of fulfilling HP’s legacy – and neither does Fantastic Beasts.
Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets is now in cinemas worldwide.