JK. does it again
Building on her universe
The Fantastic Beasts series is a spin-off that tells the story before the Harry Potter characters enter Hogwarts. This time, the third installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise focuses on Dumbledore's (Jude Law) past , which is full of curiosity and adventure. Led by Dumbledore, Newt Scamander ( Eddie Redmayne ) and his friends now have a new mission, namely to stop Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) from running for the leadership of the wizarding world.
The scene begins with Dumbledore's meeting with his (former) lover, Grindelwald. Indeed, the romantic relationship that emerged between Dumbledore and Grindelwald was familiar to Potterheads. However, it's still interesting to see the visualization of the relationship on the big screen. Director David Yates seemed to describe the explosion of love, pain, and hate between the two with various closeup scenes . Especially highlighting the facial expressions to the eyes of the two couples.
The amazing visual world
A visual masterpiece
I was super lucky to get a early online premiere of the new Fantastic Beast series in the world of the amazing mind of J.K. I simply loved the production part of this movie. I was just stunned and maybe im not the best to give notes on the movie in the details outside the visual world of cinema and VFX.
Though the style part was enjoyable on it's own; the cinematography, special effects, costumes, score, set design and much of the acting was brilliant. It felt great to lose myself into the feel of the wizarding world again. But the plot and the writing felt unanchored in anything real or relatable. Nothing felt earned. Events just happened without much anticipation or appreciation of their significance, and I didn't feel invested much in any of the plot lines or characters.
This film also proves the validity of Mads Mikkelsen's acting. Previously, some fans had fears that Grindelwald's charm and chemistry would drop after Johnny Depp's departure.
This was not enough for me to not enjoy this movie 100% I love Mads, but Johnny was born for this role. No Johnny, no more great scores for you. WB, you deserve only 1s for all of your movies. I must admit it made me sad that he could not continue his legacy. I know there is rumour's that J.K did not "fight" to keep Johnny in the movie but the studio like WB makes the rules and im not sure she could have done that much.
The Production VFX Supervisor is Christian Manz and there is a large group of VFX studios working on this production. As far as I know Framestore, Digital Domain, Rodeo FX, Image Engine, RISE (VFX Supervisor: Oliver Schulz), One of Us, Raynault VFX all worked on it.