Review : Fantastic Beasts : The Secrets of Dumbledore

After almost four long years, the magical wizarding world has returned with a brand new Fantastic Beasts movie that is action-packed with adventure, laughs and filled with magical creatures. 

This movie sets off with meeting Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) as he knows of the looming, dark and powerful wizard Grindelwald (Madds Mikelsen) as he seeks to seize power over the magical wizarding world. So Dumbledore gathers Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and some of his wizarding friends to adventure on a dangerous mission. They’ll encounter old and new beasts whilst clashing with Grindelwald’s dangerous group of followers as they seek to stop them from taking over the magical wizarding world. 

Since some pretty poor movies in its history, it feels as if there is this rush to make another hit in this wizarding franchise. Fortunately, this sequel finds keys to reigniting the spark of magic that made some of these movies so beloved as it returns to the big screen. 

One of which is the continuation of exploring these epic magical creatures that live within the wizarding world. As you go on this epic journey with Newt and his crew, you still come across some of the most fantastic, rarest creatures around the wizarding world. Whenever Newt becomes in danger or at risk of getting into even more trouble, they come to the rescue using their charming ways to help Newt succeed in his journey. In this movie, they become an even more integral part of the story as they get to have their moments shine on screen, quickly becoming some of the most cherished magical moments on screen. 

Another powerful element that brings back the magic of this film is, well, the MAGIC! 

Amongst the return into this magical world, a particular charm welcomes you into coming along for the journey. There are mystical moments within every scene amidst tense, decisive, dramatic duels intensifying by the second. It has an impactful, emotionally tolling feeling to take your breath away. To then, scenes that are created out of pure spite to spread the magical fun of this world. It finds a way to develop such bewitchery into making you reacquainted with the magic that made you fall in love with this franchise. 

As yet, magic spreads throughout every scene within this film and bewitches us into having a reasonably enjoyable time. It happens to sideline one of the key storylines that the franchise has been building up towards, like Creedance becoming an unstoppable, powerful character. But they instead choose to find ways to tie up his character arc in a mostly satisfying way as it doesn’t feel utterly disjointed from where it takes place in this film. However, as they opt to tie up some of the franchise loose ends, it feels like they’ve almost isolated the other films, as they almost feel a little disconnected in the overall tone and feeling that has somewhat been established between each other, with perhaps the first film feeling the only one worth connecting to. 

They also replaced Johnny Depp with Mads Mikkelsen – who probably should’ve played Grindelwald in the first place – which he absolutely kills as he gives quite a robust performance on screen. Whilst it doesn’t get established in the film in any on the nose ways, the change of actors feels like it breaks the tension or feels they’re trying to develop on-screen, making it almost feel decadent and complex to build up to in scenes. Yet Mads still manages to pull off the feeling of an immensely powerful and intimidating antagonist that you may not even notice much of a difference and, if anything, it finds a drastic improvement within the role.

However, whilst this heist story ends up being an entertaining flick that manages to be quite a fun addition to the franchise, from some of the extensive fantastical beasts displayed on screen to the mystical action and rising stakes that continuously build tension throughout this adventurous story. It continues to shape something that charms its way through to audiences’ and fans’ hearts, unlocking the keys to what made the first movie so beloved and adding some other addictive charm. Overall creates an enjoyable film to watch that wraps up a lot of loose ended storylines from its predecessors.

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