It opens today and I don't see a topic for it so, I thought I would make one. I won't be able to see it for a while and thought I'd see what everyone thought of it?
Couldn’t agree more. #2 was flat out bad. No real desire to see the new one and apparently there’s no definite plans yet for even making more after this one.I haven't seen it yet. Doubt I will to be honest. I really enjoyed the first one but the second one was irritating, especially when it came to how instantly stupid they made Queenie for the sake of a shocking plot point.
After that I just kind of didn't care anymore.
I've not seen it but know unlike the original movies I cant see myself revisiting this current trilogy in years to come where I can easily find myself dipping into a Potter movie especially as they are self contained stories with a less obvious thread till the later movies and still hold up especially the Amazing plasma like drippy wand battles with Voldermort..I saw it. It's not great. I'm not a huge Harry Potter fan, being that I never read the books and only just watched all the movies a couple years ago (pandemic binge watch), but I really liked the HP movies. I enjoyed the first 'Fantastic Beasts' pretty well, but didn't see 'Crimes' until about a month ago. Seems like they didn't really know what they (Rowling, the studio, etc.) wanted to do after the first. They went too far away from the characters introduced in the first 'FB' movie, I'm assuming they keep shifting towards Dumbledore and more Harry Potter things and less "beasts" because the first one underperformed (you'll notice how small the words "Fantastic Beasts" have gotten in the logo). I think it would have been better to continue to put the main focus on the characters from the first, rather than the muddied mess that was the second.
'Dumbledore' continues that trend. I'll admit, I didn't bother paying close attention after about an hour in, but it didn't seem like I really needed to. I feel like they were pushing for a real anti-fascism theme, what with the German Minestry of Magic featured prominently and the whole thing hinging on an attempt to lie, cheat, and steal an election. But setting it in 1930s Germany while basically ignoring all the Naziism just undercuts the message, when real-life fascism should have been all around them. Not sure what they were all doing for the 6 years that took place between the end of 'Crimes of Grindelwald' and "Secrets of Dumbledore" either, as it could have easily taken place sooner.
And while I'm mentioning real-world problems being ignored, they've also largely ignored the racism, sexism, and misogyny that was prevolent in the era. I understand the "Wizarding World" is a fantasy, and has been separate from our own "muggle world," and its important to represent positive roles for women and minorities who have been underrepresented on screen over the decades. I'm actually okay with this for the most part - like I said, it is a fantasy - but it still feels a little glossed over.
As a film, it felt kind of slow - the pacing could've been improved for my tastes. Mostly, I just didn't care what was going on, so I had a hard time being interested.