I’m a bit torn in the concept of deleted scenes. Understandably, there are scenes that are shot, but when the actual cut of the film comes together, it may fare better without a handful of those scenes actually being in the movie. However, the idea of releasing Blu-rays with these scenes has always irked me. I don’t mind an extended cut, but when the scenes are thrown into a separate part of the Blu-ray, it just doesn’t work for me. The context of the scene is virtually lost, and just makes me wish that, for better or worse, the scene was actually in the film.
However, like with most movies, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them had its fair share of scenes cut somewhere along the way, and speaking with Cinema Blend, David Yates spoke very highly of them.
“They're all good scenes, but again, there's more, there's probably more cut out of this one, than any of the Potter movies. I'm not trying to fuel DVD sales, but more, it just, it was really about the story and the best way to tell this story, and we couldn't, the film would be lovely with them in.”
Yates then went on to explain one particular scene they had to give the axe. Following Jacob’s failed attempt to get a loan for his bakery, he returns home to his fiancée and, upon telling her of his failure, she gives him back his ring, calling off their engagement on the spot. It’s a bit crazy how that one scene sort of reshapes Jacob’s rock bottom. Who knew he actually had a love interest prior to meeting Queen? But Yates claimed that while the scenes was “tender and very funny,” audiences didn’t really “need a reason to fall in love with Jacob,” as he’s already quite lovable. to begin with.
That wasn’t the only scene Yates described. There was also a scene where Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol (Tina and Queenie, respectively) performed "an alma mater song" for Jacob and Newt. The song was actually written by Sudol herself, and as a singer-songwriter, it definitely took advantage of her unique skill set. Over the course of the song we would see “the boys slowly fall in love with them.”
Ultimately, the scene was cut because it came at “that point in the story, [where] there’s a lot of stuff going on outside.” As such, it was more than a little awkward to bring the plot to a halt for a musical break.
What do you think of these deleted scenes? Based on what you’ve seen, would the film have fared better with them? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Cinema Blend