The third part of the Fantastic Beasts series is ready for release. Titled Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the film is an attempt by the producers to revive the franchise and connect it to the hugely popular and successful Harry Potter series. The first early reviews for the film are in and the good news for the fans is all positive. Many critics have already called it the best Fantastic Beasts movie, although the bar for it is a bit low anyway. Also read: The new Fantastic Beasts 3 clip shows Dumbledore acknowledging his love for Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore plays Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Jessica Williams and Katherine Waterson. It also introduces Mads Mikkelsen as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. The actor takes over from Johnny Depp, who played the role in the first two films. The Fantastic Beasts series is a rough prequel to the Harry Potter series, as it takes place in the same universe and has many of the same characters.
International critics, who saw an early press screening of the film, have taken to social media to give their brief opinion on the film now. Xandra Habert, who reviews films for Looper, has called the film “a magical menagerie of tributes to the Potter films”. She added that the film corrects many of the shortcomings of its predecessor, which was criticized.
Ian Sandwell from Digital Spy also called the film an “improvement” compared to his predecessor and especially praised Mads Mikkelsen. In his tweet, the critic called the actor “a huge upgrade”. Colliders Perri Nemiroff also praised the film, calling it “a great recovery for the #FantasticBeasts series”. Griffin Schiller from FilmSpeak applauded the film’s screenwriter Steve Klove’s work, saying he “miraculously saves a sinking ship”, calling the film the best in the series to date.
But all critics agreed in their judgment that the film is not without its flaws. Ian Sandwell’s problem with the film is that it is “not sure if it’s a Beasts movie or a Harry Potter movie”. Griffin Schiller, on the other hand, claims that although it is better, “it does not completely solve the major problems with the series”.
Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will be released in the UK, China and India on April 8 and in the US and Canada the following week. The film has reportedly been made on a budget of $ 185 million.