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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has come and gone, and overall receptions seems to have been pretty mixed. While those, like me, enjoyed the dark and layered mystery presented, there are plenty others who either thought the film was too slow or that it relied too heavily on the in-world mythology, thereby alienating plenty of casual fans.

But, man, that ending. Not only did the pure-hearted Queenie turn to the dark side of the Wizarding Force, but there was also that big reveal that Credence was, in fact, a Dumbledore. LRM had a chance to speak with producer David Heyman at a roundtable for the film, and we asked if there was a discussion over ending that film on such a cliffhanger. Here’s what Heyman had to say:

“A little bit. There’s an inevitable discussion of how you end a film or what feeling you want the audience to have and do you want it all to be resolved and should we leave that out? But it was in the first draft and it was in the last draft and it was in the film and it’s such a kicker.”

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But that wasn’t all Heyman had to say. In many ways, the understated aspect of the ending has to do with the group of people who go with Newt to meet Dumbledore at the end:

“I think the interesting thing is, in a way there are two endings. There is the ending that you see the group on the bridge and Dumbledore and Newt, united, this may be a way. So you feel that Theseus has come over to, has left the Ministry… It’s the Room of Requirement. It’s Dumbledore’s Army. It’s a version of that. You see these people who are gonna be part of the ongoing matter. Newt who was disengaged, who wasn’t prepared to fight, is now prepared to engage the fight. Dumbledore, who was unable to fight, may be joining the fray, may or may not join the fray. He Theseus, is Ministry man, realizes he can’t live by Ministry ways. It suggests that the battle, a new level of the battle is about to begin. So you have that and then you got the little kicker, which is you know, things aren’t quite what you thought they were. Oo, I wanna find out about this.”

With this in mind, I can understand the film franchise’s five-film length. In many ways, this is the end of the first act of the story, with Newt Scamander finally committing to his call to arms to take on the big bad of the franchise, Gellert Grindelwald.

But does this change any criticisms you have of the film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: LRM Online

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.