‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel soars to great heights


From left, Jessica Williams, Callum Turner, Fiona Glascott, Dan Fogler, Jude Law and Eddie Redmanye in “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.” (Warner Bros. Pictures/TNS)

A crew of capable actors and masterfully crafted character development propelled “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” far through the marshes of the box office, but a lack of a good plot left the film floundering.

Mads Mikkelsen replaced Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. While Johnny Depp, who played Grindelwald in the previous two Fantastic Beasts movies, made Grindelwald terrifying and unnatural, Mikkelsen brought some personality to the role.

The heroes teamed up to stop Grindelwald from becoming the Supreme Head of the International Confederation of Wizards, who was the leader of the magical community. The team of heroes had to stop Grindelwald from rigging the election by corrupting the Qilin, a magical creature who decided who became the leader of the magical world.

The film’s strongest point was the character development of Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. The film managed to portray how deep a connection Grindlewald and Dumbledore had, yet also show how manipulative Grindelwald had been.

My favorite scene was when Newt was breaking his brother, Theseus (Callum Turner), out of prison. Newt imitated a group of crab-like magical beasts to placate them. The music during this scene verges on tropical, and correlates perfectly with the hilarity of the moment.

In contrast, the plot of the movie was confusing and riddled with plot holes. For example, the whole movie revolved around the Qilin, a magical beast whose purpose in the magical realm was to elect the Supreme Head of the International Confederation of Wizards, the position Grindelwald was vying for. There was only one of these creatures in the world, and it played quite a momentous role in the wizarding world. However, there was no official team to take it to a safe place where no political candidate could corrupt it.

I gave the movie a 7/10. Most of the plot was unnecessary. However, Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s relationship had a lot of well-crafted development, and the movie was enjoyable to watch, if you ignored the plot holes. I would recommend seeing this movie in theaters, especially if you had watched the first two movies in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.