I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themthe first movie in this Harry Potter spin-off series but found a sequel in 2018, Grindelwald’s crimes“Without magic,” Brian Viner said in the Daily Mail. Now a third film (of the five planned) is here, and while it’s “overlong,” it marks a “return to form” for the franchise.
With the “excellent” Mads Mikkelsen replacing a disgraced Johnny Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, the film confirms what was previously only hinted at: that he and nemesis Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) were once lovers. The action has since shifted from 1920s Paris to 1930s Berlin, where Grindelwald has become a “charismatic demagogue”. It’s up to Dumbledore and his “Magizoologist” protégé Newt (Eddie Redmayne, “A Study in Ruffled, Lip-Biting Restraint”) to thwart Grindelwald’s plans. The film has energy and wit in abundance, but “you have to see the first two” to keep up.
This is pretty radical stuff, Kevin Maher said in The times: A studio blockbuster that “revolves around the emotional life of two gay men in love” (though without “hot kisses”). It hits all the right notes: there’s plenty of action set pieces, car chases, and some “suspenseful wand-offs”; The performances of the supporting actors are top notch.
I’m afraid I found it “less than a wizard,” said Robbie Collin The Daily Telegraph. It’s totally incoherent. Many sequences feel like “free-floating trailer fodder: overkill for plot requirements but too expensive to cut”. There are some pieces by potter Nostalgia was interjected to give the “confused viewer something to hold on to”. Such moments do provide short “blows of luck” – but overall “the glue factory beckons for these special beasts”.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/film/956424/fantastic-beasts-the-secrets-of-dumbledore-film-review Movie review: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore