‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Was Long and Not that Fantastic

The Fantastic Beasts series has been an interesting journey. The first movie came out in 2016 and it managed to reinvigorate Harry Potter fans’ excitement for the Wizarding World with a somewhat spellbinding new cast of characters and an intriguing new story.

The second film took a sharp turn, taking us on a whirlwind adventure that was both confusing, and slightly fascinating, and revealed that this story was not about Newt Scamander and his beasts but was actually focused on Dumbledore. Depp gave life to Grindelwald in a way that was sometimes comically dramatic and yet I loved it. Now we’ve got the new movie and I’ve got a lot of thoughts…and most of them aren’t good.

The Secrets of Dumbledore could’ve possibly been really entertaining but it feels like this story is moving in slow-motion. Each movie is getting closer and closer to the big showdown between Dumbledore and his former lover Grindelwald but it’s just not getting to the nitty-gritty. The wizard-muggle war that sounds interesting as heck is still inactive even though it seemed that’s what was going to happen next after Crimes of Grindelwald.

Instead, this movie took a political route like The Phantom Menace with the lack of enjoyment of a fantastic third act, a cool pod race sequence, and well, Jedi.

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