The first reviews of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets they’re there… and they’re not so bad after all.
Third installment of the Harry Potter spin-off franchise, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets will hit French cinemas on April 13th, but by then, the first English-speaking reviews have dropped, enough to form an opinion of the sauce in which the magical monsters will devour the spectators.
Between the JK Rowling’s transphobic commentsthe Scandal of the dismissal of Johnny Depp by the studythe absence of katherine aguaston of the film’s promotion, the recent arrest ofEzra Miller for violence and harassment, the more than lukewarm reception of the previous party, and the countless postponements instigated by Warner, the context of the premiere of this third film is delicate to say the least. However, Dan Fogler’s Promises It seems that it has been celebrated, since the first Spanish reviews are not as bad as one might have thought. Press Magazine.
“The third installment of the Harry Potter prequel directed by David Yachts Admittedly, it’s overloaded with characters and subplots, but it manages to make up for the mistakes of the previous two movies. Thus, we discover a renewed emphasis on magical creatures, as well as a much more political side to the story, while the story delves into darker themes (while keeping its wacky side). Mads MikkelsenFor his part, he lavishes a level of villainy that has nothing to envy that of Voldemort. The character is altogether much more dangerous. [que la version du personnage interprétée par Johnny Depp, ndlr] And the way he uses his charisma to manipulate crowds underlies his ruthlessness.” USA Today
“You can’t really say that Dumbledore’s Secrets manages to cast the same spell as Harry Potter. However, armed with a strong sense of action and genuine emotional moments, the film manages to bring back the darkest of the wizarding world a bit light.“ Empire
“Despite the undeniable credentials of Yates and the co-writers steve klovesHowever, the Fantastic Beasts franchise still seems unable to decide who its hero is. Hopefully, future sequels will be able to determine which of Newt’s journey or Dumbledore’s quest will be the main narrative.” GamesRadar+
“Even at its weakest, the Potterverse, with its magic, its tribulations and its unparalleled ability to create high-flying fantasy worlds, still retains its electrifying power.” Time is over
“The most amazing thing about Dumbledore’s Secrets is how connected each of its ideas, even the most superficial ones, seem to be. There are countless globetrotting characters, worlds within worlds, as well as endless historical, political and mythological references. However, everything is running out, because of ill-defined problems, and it never came to fruition.” audio-visual club
“Although the sub-narratives flop or lead nowhere (or both), The Secrets of Dumbledore has sequences of adventure and political intrigue that, at times, make this new Yates raid a fantastic spy thriller.” the envelope
“The long-awaited third installment in the Wizarding World sub-franchise is a little less cluttered than its two predecessors, but even a more polished script can’t save a two-hour-plus movie from its test of endurance.” the hollywood reporter
“An obvious attempt to save the ship ultimately turned into a dire drift, as an unidentified property desperately circles in search of a viable course.” Polygon
“The Secrets of Dumbledore has as many positives as it does negatives, making for an entertaining but ultimately unsatisfying viewing experience. However, there is a certain magic to be found there, and perhaps in the end all that matters.” ScreenRant
Very mixed with an average of 47/100 on Metacritic, critics really agree that yes, this third movie is still better than the last (but was it really that hard?). However, there is above all a consensus on the unevenness of the setting that would certainly add more to the characteristic magic of the print. Harry Potterbut it would get lost in too many subplots and characters without fully fleshing them out.
And it seems that the real problem with this franchise, again, is its hero. From Dumbledore’s introduction to Grindlewald Crimes, It seems that fantastic beasts struggles to decide if Newt or Dumbledore will be the final protagonist. Maybe it’s time for JK Rowling to cry Hogwarts once and for all, and focus solely on the famous magical creatures that the title of the saga promises. Or at least decide what story to tell.