Fantastic Beasts 3: Dumbledore’s Secrets


After a first opus which had assumed its dimension “Pokémon Snap in the world of Harry Potter”, Fantastic Beasts quickly made an inevitable exit from the road, putting the threat of Grindelwald and his relationship with Dumbledore at the heart of its plot. As a result, the initial concept of this Wizarding World spin-off was trampled on without further ado, as reflected by poor Norbert Scamander (still played by Eddie Redmayne), who became a luxury extra in his own franchise.

From then on, between the perpetual addition of new characters and Warner’s attempt to lessen the impact of his personalities caught in the turmoil of various and varied scandals (Johnny Depp, JK Rowling and now Ezra Miller), Fantastic Beasts 3 looked like a sinking shiphelped even less by its many delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Warner, contemplating the disaster

To tell the truth, the studio is well aware of this admission of failure, which materializes from the first minutes of the film, where a character arrives in the story by forcing a summary of the previous opuses. The vulgarity of the process is matched only by its necessity, both The Dumbledore’s Secrets suffers from the confusion of his eldersthat he cannot decently catch up.

The problem is that from there, we are no longer really facing a film, but rather the patching up of a creature of Frankenstein who desperately seeks to correct the errors of the past. A little like The Rise of Skywalker was trying to change the course in which postlogy had embarked star wars, Fantastic Beasts 3 screws up its maneuver and gets stuck like a container ship in the Suez Canal.

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets: Photo by Mads MikkelsenCrazy world

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The most flagrant example of this failure resides in the desire to put the magic bestiary studied by Scamander back at the center of the equation, even if it means generating a completely immiscible set. By making one of the creatures the MacGuffin of the project, the feature film reminds us only too well how dependent it is on the threat that Grindelwald represents, this time embodied by a Mads Mikkelsen who seems to be the only actor with a vague having fun on set.

If the first films already played on the relationship of the wizarding world to the history of the 20th century, Dumbledore’s Secrets pushes the knobs through a disappointing Berlin escapade, which would like to metaphorize through its villain the dangers of a populism which brought Hitler to power. No luck, a handful of scenes and nardeuses replicas will carry this banner, before the catastrophic editing moves on to something else.

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets : Foto Eddie Redmayne, Callum Turner“Hello, I’m the main character!”

This, moreover, is the whole paradox of Fantastic Beasts 3 : the film seems incapable of concentrating on the slightest narrative arc, like a hyperactive child who needs to be stimulated all the time with new ideas. However, such a postulate would suppose that the overall rhythm of the story (which is spread over 2h20!) is punchy and sufficiently raised to make us forget its inconsistencies. Conversely, the (very) feature film drags its feet with mind-blowing indecency. That the rare action scenes are all wet firecrackers is one thing, but above all you have to endure dialogue tunnels of abyssal boredom.

On the other hand, what could we expect from David Yates, whose presence in the production of the saga since Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix confirmed his status as the ultimate yes-man? Admittedly, the Wizarding World films always have talented and involved technical teams on their side, but the (slight) holding of the executive compositions of the Dumbledore’s Secrets can’t save pachydermic orchestrationmade of silly fields and reverse shots incapable of sublimating Rowling’s flamboyant universe.

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets: Foto Jude Law, Richard CoyleDumblebore

Potterhead without a brain

But more generally, the assembly of Fantastic Beasts 3 has already established itself as a typical textbook case of industrial accidents of its kind. In addition to the poverty of certain connections, it is difficult not to tear your hair out in front of the assembly of the scenes, which jump from rooster to donkey by giving the impression that the spectator must fill in the gaps.

Whether it’s the fate of Credence (Ezra Miller) or the psychological journey of Queenie (Alison Sudol), Dumbledore’s Secrets sacrifices everything the first installment ever tried to build, and loses actors who are just as confused as the audience. We will save at most Jude Law of this general softness, this one confirming once again that he is a perfect choice to play Dumbledore.

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets : Foto Jessica Williams, Callum TurnerAttention, soft climax in 3, 2, 1…

Like an airplane (or rather a phoenix) whose crash we witness, fascinated, we see the feature film completely let go, to the point of to have only his whore fan-service to surviveeven if he doesn’t. The love between Dumbledore and Grindelwald is certainly finally made explicit on the screen, but just through words, without any action, or even a gesture, confirming this bias.

Everything is posed without envy, just there to get the fans to applaud without thinking at the slightest complicit wink, as we can also see with the wasted talent of James Newton Howard, forced to recycle as soon as he can. John Williams themes despite common sense.

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets: photo, Jude Law, Eddie RedmayneExpelliarnul

And it is ultimately the saddest part of this failure. Even in its less successful opuses, the franchise Harry Potter always had for her a certain narrative and technical requirement. From now on, Fantastic Beasts is content to hang up the wagons to ensure the sustainability of yet another extended universe. We no longer think about the film or what is within the limits of the screen. Everything is directed off-screen, towards the permanent expansion of a world that nevertheless looks like a metastasized body plunged into an artificial coma.

Faced with this rotting corpse, Dumbledore’s Secrets doesn’t just break the magic of the Wizarding World. It is so boring as to make us lose our child’s soul, so much so that it achieves a feat: offering a product so empty and sanitized that we forget it as soon as we leave the room. At the same time, for a movie where one of the best scenes shows a wizard physically removing a memory from someone’s head, it’s ironically representative.

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