Detail Review: Johnny Depp suffered a lot due to the defamation and domestic quarrels / violence case between Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard for the last few years. At first, Disney dropped him from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series after he had played Captain Jack Sparrow, the main character of that series, in the last 5 films. Similarly, he also had to bid farewell to the films of the Fantastic Beasts series, in which he was working as the main villain in the first two films.
Although the Court dismissed all charges against Johnny Depp, and his wife Amber was asked to pay a lengthy damages, Johnny decided that he would return to the role of neither Captain Jack Sparrow nor Gellert Grindelwald, even though Why should they not have to lose their hands with huge fees? This is one of the main reasons why the audience did not enjoy watching Fantastic Beasts – The Secrets of Dumbledore and is the least successful film of the series. When Warner Bros. bought the rights to film the Harry Potter series from author JK Rowling, he had no idea that the series would prove to be a goldmine for him.
When all the Harry Potter films ran a box office run, Warner Bros. would have asked JK Rowling to start the story of the Harry Potter series a little earlier and then write the Harry Potter prequel i.e. Fantastic Beasts. Gellert Grindelwald had a minor role in the first film (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), but he was mentioned at various places throughout the film. In the second film (Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald), Johnny Depp had a major role. The third film in this episode, Fantastic Beasts and the Dumbledore Secrets, is a very ambitious film but it was less liked by the audience.
Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), the boss of Harry Potter’s magic school Hogwarts, has done many things in his life that he probably shouldn’t have done. Gellert Grindelwald is also mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. After the death of his parents, Dumbledore becomes busy raising his younger brother and sister. On the other hand, Grindelwald is expelled from Darmstang, another magic school, for his actions. He reaches Dumbledore in search of a dangerous magical secret. Both become friends, and both also fall in love.
Both swear that they will never fight against each other and together they will establish a world where magicians will rule and common people will not live in this world. Grindelwald’s actions anger Albus’ brother, Albeforth, and convinces his brother to give up his dream of establishing a wizarding world and think about his disabled sister. When things escalate, a war ensues between the Dumbledore brothers and Grindelwald, in which Dumbledore’s sister dies and Grindelwald runs away. After this, Grindelwald collects the powers of black magic and becomes the world’s most dreaded magician. Albus and Grindelwald are reluctant to meet.
In this part of the series, Dumbledore and Grindelwald meet after years, and Grindelwald again talks about eliminating humans from the world and establishing a world of magicians, but Dumbledore refuses him. The International Confederation of Wizards together acquit Grindelwald of all charges and his demand to contest the election of the world’s greatest wizard is accepted. All the magicians from all over the world gather in Bhutan and once again Dumbledore and Grindelwald are face to face. In the midst of all this, Grindelwald keeps Dumbledore’s spies captive, but at the last minute, all the captives and some other magicians from Dumbledore’s team reach the election where Dumbledore’s best magician is chosen but he refuses him. Grindelwald, stunned by defeat, undertakes to eliminate humans from all creation. A battle ensues between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, and Grindelwald disappears after seeing his defeat in front.
The film is in the style of the Harry Potter series but is also different in its own way. Some new faces were seen in this part from the previous two parts. Warner Bros.’s decision not to cast Johnny Depp might have weighed on Warner Bros. but they did cast Mads Mickelson in the role of Grindelwald. Mads is an established artist, but he was hesitant to replace Johnny Depp as he himself is a huge Johnny fan. The amazing work that Mads has done in this film is commendable because along with replacing Johnny, she had to give full exposure to her acting power. His acting was quite different from Johnny’s but he never let it feel like he was playing this role for the first time. Bond becomes the villain in Mads Casino Royale. Played the lead role of Doctor Hannibal in the TV series Hannibal and also appeared in an important role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Originally a star of Danish films, Mads is rated as a great actor in international cinema. The role of Dumbledore is played by Jude Law. Jude is able to bring out the subtlest expressions on his face, so he is very fond of a complex character like Dumbledore.
Jude Law was well-liked for playing Doctor Watson in Sherlock Holmes opposite Robert Downey Jr. Eddie Redmayne, who won at least a dozen awards, played a significant role in this film because, like in the first two films, he was working with Dumbledore to defeat Grindelwald. Ezra Miller plays Aurelius Dumbledore, son of Albeforth Dumbledore, brother of Albus Dumbledore. Ezra’s personal life is full of controversies but his performance as an actor is top notch. When he gets to know about his father, his performance in that scene is worth watching.
Director David Yates is a well-known name in the world of British television. He has also received many awards. While directing one of his films in 2004, he received information that Warner Bros. wanted to entrust him with directing the next film in the Harry Potter series. David’s journey, which began with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2006, ended in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. David’s film making technique made the management of Warner Bros. his fan and for this reason he also got to direct the films of the Fantastic Beasts series.
So far 3 films have come and it is possible that 2 more films will be added to this series. David’s understanding of the visual medium and his knack for getting the best out of his actors has made him one of the most successful directors in the world today. He keeps taking retakes every single shot till he is satisfied with himself and hence his work is appreciated all over the world. A closer look at the meeting scene of Dumbledore and Grindelwald shows how all the layers of the story can be brought together in one scene.
The music of James Newton Howard, who began his career with Elton John, serves to enhance the dignity and spirit of each scene. Apart from this series, James has empowered the film with his music in films like Hunger Games, and Night Crawler. This time David has given the responsibility of cinematography to George Richmond and he did not disappoint at all. Editor Mark Day, who has been with David since the time of Harry Potter, has kept the lengthy film from getting cumbersome. Too many tracks play at the same time and giving screen time to each character according to its importance can only be the job of a skilled editor. Fantastic Beasts is a wonderful world, similar to Harry Potter but they also have their own distinct identity. Take out time to watch this fantasy movie. It will be more fun if you watch all three films together while binge watching.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 14, 2022, 21:43 IST