The three competitors of Fantastic animals I am magi-zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), super-wizard/super cool Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), and black soul Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen), dark pretender to control the wizarding world, Dumbledore’s school friend with whom he made a non-aggression pact in idyllic times, when one was tied to the other in a relationship gender-fluid. The three boys, in the face of #metoothey share the cake of Good and Evil: the candid scientist Newt, together with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, who carries fantastic animals in his pocket and knows how to tame the most terrible monsters, the wise Dumbledore, always in a suit, with a hipster beard and a smoothed topknotthe Nazi-like necromancer Grindelwald who would like to make meatballs for non-wizard Muggles.
The battle, scripted by JK Rowling with Steve Kloves, is played out in the mountains of Bhutan, where Grindelwald has his icy fortress, after a long pursuit of the very rare Qilin, the pure-hearted deer who can designate the wizard king. A magic wand ride through parties, dark prisons, amusement park caves, Himalayan villages. “Remembrance is everything. Without it, we are blind and leave the world to chance», says the prophecy. And if the dangerous relationship between Albus and Gellert is the trendy element of the fairy tale, the replacement of Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald with Mads Mikkelsen is the soaring star rating. It must be said that the change, an effect of the lawsuit for violence brought against Depp by his ex-wife Amber Heard, does not produce any damage. Depp’s madness is replaced by Mikkelsen’s icy perfidy and the character acquires new light, allows for interesting variations, grows in authority.
Acquitted in Berlin by German Minister of Magic Anton Vogel (Oliver Masucci), Grindelwald uses the hard way to get to power and Dumbledore can do (almost) nothing about it. It’s up to the Scamander team to find the way to stop the villain: impulsive brother Theseus (Callum Turner), assistant Bunty (Victoria Yeates), fellow American Lally (Jessica Williams), the doomed Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam), the pastry chef intrepid Jakob Kowalski (Dan Foglier) who has a score to settle with his beloved Queenie (Alison Sudol). Meanwhile, Newt has to deal with the vampire Credence (Ezra Miller). Then there are the creatures. Few, according to the aficionados of the saga: irrelevant tapestry in the stormy evolution of history. David Yates returns to the outline of the parent episode (2016). It proceeds by accumulation of suggestions but file excesses and digressions, accentuating the epic – romantic side of the storyworried about avoiding the death kiss with the adventures of Harry Potter.
Remembered that Dumbledore’s Secrets and the third and (perhaps) final chapter of the saga from Fantastic animalsprequel and spin off of the series on the Wizard, it must be said that two hours and 20 minutes of big uproar there are too many and that the central part is the most confusing and repetitive. And now tell us that it is a metaphor, the umpteenth, of contemporary chaos.
FANTASTIC BEASTS – DUMBLEDORE’S SECRETS by David Yates
(USA-UK, 2022, duration 142′)
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Mads Mikkelsen, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Oliver Masucci
Rating: *** out of 5
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April 16, 2022 | 07:27
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