Well this is something! I can sit in front of my computer and comfortably say that I thought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was not a good movie, but that doesn’t mean that the cast wasn’t talented or deserving of their roles. While I can’t get very excited for this sequel as a whole, I am impressed with the casting of young Dumbledore and the addition of Jude Law.
Law has made his living as the charming, straight man in most of his movies as well as being a collaborator with director Guy Ritchie in a way that Scorsese does with DiCaprio and De Niro or Spielberg with John Williams. We will see Law in Ritchie’s next film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Albus Dumbledore may be one of Harry Potter’s most beloved and iconic characters outside of the main trio and for good reason. A pivotal player in all of the lore that we know from the books and movies, a young Albus has been hinted at as being somewhat of a conflicting character in a way that you see freedom fighters or anarchists. His gay love affair with another wizard makes for a wild addition to the already fascinating story that Rowling is likely to dig deeper into for the film.
Rowling made her debut as a screenwriter with Fantastic Beasts which I can’t say was terrible, but it was one of the many weak points of the film as a whole. Hoepfully they lower the amount of CGI beasts as well or at least sharpen it for goodness sakes because it took me out of most of the scenes when they showed up.
The sequel is to hit theaters Nov. 16th, 2018 with the film starting production this summer.