‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Review: Still short on magic

Directed by David Yates

I’m probably one of those who liked The Crimes of Grindelwald more than the first Fantastic Beasts movie. Because the first one felt like it was still finding its identity while the second one found it and chose to be darker. But The Secrets of Dumbledore felt like it’s in between the first two installments in terms of quality. It’s continuing to be dark but the first half felt dragging and a bit boring.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is rich in Wizarding lore. It explores more than just its characters but also how their world operates and their politics. It’s kind of new to be tackled on the big screen, they show more than what we usually see from wizards and witches to the beasts of the Wizarding World.

But that’s the thing, the film is about the secrets of Dumbledore, the continuation of Newt Scamander’s journey, the villain Gellert Grindelwald, the elections in the wizarding world, and more. But if you think that all these adventures and issues make the film exciting, you’ll be surprised at how it isn’t in its first half.

My favorite part of the movie is Jude Law and Mads Mikkelsen as Dumbledore and Grindelwald. Their presence means tension, their decisions make the story move, and their performances make you feel like the film is worth your time.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore like its predecessors, is still short on magic. But exploring the wizarding world through its interesting and beloved characters may be a fun way to see the film.


‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ is now showing in Philippine cinemas and IMAX Theatre from Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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