Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

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Today we’re going to talk about a movie that is the latest installment in a franchise I had almost pronounced dead. Does The Secrets of Dumbledore allow Fantastic Beasts to make a comeback, or can we bury it for good?

The Plot (According to Rotten Tomatoes):

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?

The Rating:

I was quite curious about this film. In preparation I rewatched the first two Fantastic Beasts flicks since I couldn’t remember a thing. While the first one had been somewhat decent if a bit bland, the second one was a hot mess. So, if we were to continue with that downwards trend, the third movie would be awful – and that’s what I prepared for. But I wanted to know just how bad it was going to be.
Turns out, it actually wasn’t?? Sure, this isn’t the most intriguing film out there but it was decently good. I was *so* surprised.

The biggest letdown of the second film for me was the story that was essentially plot holes taped together and holding on for dear life. In this one, the story makes more sense and manages to draw you in. I mean, there are still some flaws, but in comparison, it is a big step up. Somehow the pace of this one is also better than in the second one and the story just flows a lot nicer. Now I am curious about the next movie! I was fully prepared to just put this series in the trash and give up on it and its future installments. But The Secrets of Dumbledore reeled me back in. However, while the title refers to Dumbledore, he actually doesn’t have all that much screentime. In the second film, I was really irritated with it being called The Crimes of Grindelwald and then at the end, you end up wondering what his crimes were (I mean, what did he do before the movie?). I hope that we learn more about the connection between the two in the next films because not properly addressing the past is a major plot hole for me. Yes, they throw in a sentence or two here and there but I feel like we didn’t learn about any of it in a profound way, we’re just barely scraping the surface so far.

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Movie Mania: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hello my lovely readers!
Finally. After it took me just about forever to check out the film, It took me even longer to finally get started with the review. Anyway, here is what every Harry Potter fan has been longing for: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.


The Plot:
In 1926 Newt Scamander travels to New York. The magizoolist is on his way to Arizona when he encounters some trouble. He accidentally swaps his suitcase (filled with magical creatures) with the one of a muggle. While Newt tries to find all his creatures, many more problems arise in New York… Continue reading