If you’ve ever want to see an angel fall, you need only look to the Harry Potter franchise. This was a series that could do no wrong in the eyes of many fans. However, in recent years, fans have turned not only on Fantastic Beasts but on Pottermore canon and author J.K. Rowling herself. They’ve officially crossed over into being like the Star Wars fans in that they think they know what constitutes good story and canon more than those actually making it. And there’s no better example of that than Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
While I actually enjoyed the film, it very much was just one piece of a bigger story as opposed to anything remotely standalone. The result was a film that felt sloppy, overly-dreary, and too convoluted for its own good. Audiences came out in reduced numbers, and critics weren’t big fans of it either. With that in mind, there is a lot riding on Fantastic Beasts 3, a film that will see Dan Fogler return as Jacob.
Speaking with Syfy Wire, the actor gave an update to what we can expect from the story.
“I can say I read the script and the character development is really lovely and it’s very similar to the feel of the first movie, which I think is great,” he said. “It’s leading toward this massive war with the backdrop of World War II, so you can just imagine epic battle scenes are coming.”
I’d like to pick at the first part of his statement. The idea that Fantastic Beasts 3 feels similar to the first one. While that movie wasn’t the greatest, I think it did bring what a lot of fans enjoy about the Wizarding World as a whole — a feeling of wish-fulfillment. We’re looking at magic through the eyes of Jacob, and as such, there’s a sense of wonder. In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, that was tossed aside in favor of an unabashedly dark mystery narrative.
While J.K. Rowling is talented in weaving threads into a grand culmination, I think this is a good move. As great as she is in crafting mysteries (which is evident in both Harry Potter and her Cormoran Strike novels), what really draws fans is that sense of wonder and wish-fulfillment. The fact that they’re bringing it back to that may prove they’re correcting from that misstep last movie. If it isn’t an overcorrection, I think this can be a good thing, but here’s hoping it doesn’t turn into a massive fan service fest.
The second part of Fogler’s statement is also exciting. While we won’t see a massive war in the third movie, the film will act as a build-up to what we’ll eventually be seeing. But I can’t help but wonder what that means in terms of the time skip. Will we skip ahead a solid seven to eight years so that we’re right on the cusp of World War II? And with that in mind, will those last two films play out all the way through the war? This just has me thinking about all sorts of things. There’s certainly a lot of potential here, but can they tackle it without going too dark? We hope so.
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SOURCE: Syfy Wire