REVIEW – FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE

If you didn’t believe in magic before, you will after you watch Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore.

For years we’ve waited for the next chapter of the Wizarding World. The next chapter of Fantastic Beasts. The question on everybody’s lips is, was it worth the wait? I’m here to tell you,yes, it was worth the wait. The gift we’ve been given, in the form of the third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts Series, is one of the most precious we’ve received in so long. After the years that have been, the new film The Secrets of Dumbledore has embraced us in a way that is reminiscent of the Harry Potter films. I’ve said this before, but it’s even more so this time around, it genuinely is as if we’ve received a warm hug from an old friend.

The film, a glorious two hours and twenty tree minutes, packs so much into the time we’re invited back into the Wizarding World. We travel to so many different parts, encounter so many new fantastic beasts and discover more about the history of the magical world, as well as Albus Dumbledore. At the conclusion of this film I had a whole new found appreciation of Dumbledore, he really is the greatest wizard to ever live. We delve deeper into the history of his family, and yes, some questions are answered. However as usual, new truths produce more questions. I’m truly hoping the next films cover more of his history.

We are also introduced to new characters, and have our usual favourites working together to save the Wizarding World. Familiar faces include, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner), Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam) and Bunty Broadacre (Victoria Yeates) to name a few. The key new faces are that of Eulalie ‘Lally’ Hicks (Jessica Williams) and Aberforth Dumbledore (Richard Coyle). The actual dream team, or rather, the original Dumbledore’s Army. I absolutely adored the script, the costumes, the production sets and locations. It all lends to creating the perfect visual to create this enchanting world we can escape into.

The magical fight sequences in this film are phenomenal. It really harks back to the classic sequences we would see in the Harry Potter films. Not just that, there are so many Easter eggs and connections to the Potter films as well as the first two Fantastic Beasts films. As stated in our review of The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film seemed as if it was setting up for the third. It was perfect and I can’t wait for the at home release of The Secrets of Dumbledore to marathon it over and over again.

One of my favourite things present in this film were the connections to the other movies. They are truly remarkable to see, and ultimately it just fills you with warmth. The same feeling you would get standing in line waiting to watch a Harry Potter film. I was smiling throughout the whole film, crying in parts (for a variety of reasons) and buzzing overall. There’s one part towards the end that links to one of the final scenes of The Deathly Hallows Part 2, and I’m just saying, have tissues on hand.

The performances, the music; peak Wizarding World (this soundtrack will be on repeat in the office), the special effects; I’m talking stellar wand work, the writing; Jacob’s lines are my favourite, it was all a feast for the eyes, and the soul. You feel a bevy of emotions whilst watching this film and at times it can parallel with the emotions you feel in reality. Which is what makes films like The Secrets of Dumbledore so special. Through their journey we see ourselves reflected in what they go through (albeit not exactly the same, we wish we were witches and wizards). The bonds of family and friendship were so prominent in this film, and in this day and age it is so very important to see that message touch our hearts.

Thank you to every single person who worked on Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore. You have reinvigorated us. In my opinion, this is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. I wanted to write so much more, so stay tuned for our spoiler review this weekend. Do yourself a favour and book your tickets to Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore now.

Rating: 5/5

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