REVIEW | Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

With a mountain of Harry Potter films and a massive fandom, it’s no surprise that this film opens more problems than it solves. Leaving the gates wide open to simply create more films. For those who love the world of Harry Potter, great. They can forever live in the cinematic world of the mega franchise because it just felt like another episode.

Don’t get me wrong though, I did enjoy the film. It was great mindless magical entertainment and we love Eddie Redmayne’s character and his fantastic beasts. But there was a lot of film that was open-ended and didn’t actually need to be there. Like William Nadylam’s character Yusurf Kama didn’t actually do anything. It didn’t add anything to the film. He was there partially and that’s about it. A serious amount of editing could’ve saved this film.

Of course we also all wanted Johnny Depp. Did I believe in the chemistry of Jude Law (Dumbledore) and Mads Mikkelsen (Grindelwald)? Absolutely not. I did not buy what they were selling at all. You know who could have sold it to me? Johnny Depp.

I actually couldn’t tell Oliver Masucci who played Anton Vogel and Mads Mikkelsen who played Gringelwald apart. At all. I got them so confused in so many scenes. I started to google their pictures and it turns out I’m not the only one! People have already started putting their posters and red carpet pictures together. During the film they are dressed in similar colours, styling, and definitely don’t stand out as either character.

Oliver Masucci who played Anton Vogel

Mads Mikkelsen who played Gringelwald

This film is the equivalent of someone who had to make the word count in a rush for an essay due in an hour.