Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore: Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Movie Review: Not Fantastic, Just Decent 

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Sadly, it seems that this is probably it or at least the magic is gone for us. We loved "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" when it first came out back in 2016. But this third film was the weakest of the bunch so far. The experience was decent but ultimately forgettable. It's big-budgeted but generic. It's the kind of film experience with little to no emotional attachment. 

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world - especially now that his crimes has been absolved.  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 to reveal Grindelwald's true colors and save both the Wizarding World and the Muggles from destroying each other.


With the recent elections in the Philippines, "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" felt eerily similar to what's happening in the country. A candidate that has his crimes exonerated and now running for top office. The manipulation and use of disinformation. Politicians who have no will to do what's right but the easy way out. And the very emotional investments each one of us went through to support our candidates. This film should have easily resonated with us but with its flat and generic screenplay, we were still hard-pressed to fully relate to its narrative. There's really no one single flaw for the film but the easiest we could pinpoint was that it just didn't have any character. Even with its humongous budget of $400 million, "The Secrets of Dumbledore" sadly came off as generic and a run-of-the-mill experience. The visual effects and sets were great, don't get us wrong, but there's nothing new here. There was nothing that struck us as memorable or jaw-dropping and for a fantasy film, that's actually a huge red flag. On the acting department, Mads Mikkelsen and Eddie Redmayne impressed us most while the other support cast just gave bare-minimum efforts in our opinion.  

Rating: 3 reels

Why you should watch it:
- still had great but flat visual effects
- Mads Mikkelsen was a great replacement to Johnny Depp as Grindelwald

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- worst of the Fantastic Beasts films

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