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PanamaTrickster Reviews: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)

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While it may be a mild improvement on its predecessor, Secrets of Dumbledore falls flat where it matters most. Countless new plotlines are introduced, and others forgotten entirely. Some plot points of note are even started in this movie towards the beginning and almost intentionally beckon you to wonder how it will be resolved or expanded later on, only to never be touched on again.

The movie is carried almost entirely by Dan Fogler’s Jacob Kowalski. His delivery and comic relief are really the only memorable highlights in this otherwise abysmal attempt at another installment to the Wizarding World. New editions to the cast are forgettable or just downright yawn inducing whenever they are on screen.

The CGI, while a significant improvement over the last film, still needs a lot of work, most notably whenever a live-action character interacts with a fantastic beast of some kind, save for a scene in the film’s opening before the title screen.

The score was the one positive and memorable asset from this film, as it was evident that plenty of care went into its conception and callbacks. James Newton Howard makes it his own but does a pretty phenomenal job honoring John Williams original work in the Harry Potter franchise.

While this movie is certainly watchable, I’d much rather forget that it exists than acknowledge it’s place in the series.


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