Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets review

In theory, “Little Dumbledore” would address some of Fantastic Beasts’ shortcomings, providing a more dynamic anchor than the timid and stoic Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). On top of that, Rowling added more help on the A-list this time around, collaborating not only with director David Yates but also co-writer Steve Kloves, a veteran of the Harry Potter series.

However, the story essentially restricts Dumbledore (Jude Law), or at least straps his wand behind his back during much of the film, by virtue of his romance with villain Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen, ably intervening in order to Johnny Depp), who – in a classic tyrannical fashion – intends to take over the Wizarding World and wage war against the Muggles. (References to their previous relationship are relatively chaste, but they were apparently consistent So much for Chinese censorship.)

Since Dumbledore cannot face Grindelwald and his minions head-on, he must recruit not only newts, but an eclectic group of wizards and wizards, as well as Newt Mogul Pal Jacob (Dan Vogler). But other than Jessica Williams’ bolstering role as Eulalie (Lally) Hicks (which has a ’40s gangster accent that takes some getting used to), it’s a rather nondescript group.

Above all, the latest “Fantastic Beasts” movie unfolds without much sense of urgency, sending the gang on a series of adventures and detours toward a predictable showdown to thwart Grindelwald’s plans.

Having played villains in James Bond, Marvel, and now Harry Potter films, Mikkelsen presents the villain’s credentials to the Hall of Fame, and when he taunts, “With or without you, I’ll burn their world,” he offers a sense of threat that trumps everything else in the film. .

However, even with this contribution, great production design and effects, “Fantastic Beasts” rarely comes to life. In hindsight, the real gaffe may have occurred when Warner Bros. (Like CNN, part of a discovery by Warner Bros.) Rowling outlines Five movie formatunlike the more traditional trilogy at most I mentioned miscellaneous The fourth and fifth stems could depend on how well “Dumbledore’s Secrets” performed at the box office.

Commercial judgment aside, the creative person presents another mixed bag that elicits enthusiasm for more, blocking promises of better pace and enhancing the role of law in a more specific way.

Otherwise, like “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Dumbledore’s Secrets was nicely done but in the end there was a lot of snoring. In a way, his catchy cuts, old and new, once again add to a movie that’s less than charming.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” was released in US theaters on April 15. It is rated PG-13.

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