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02/26/2019 08:12:06 •••

A dash of undercooked fantasy thriller, filled up with dull soap opera

Back when Rowling was writing books for kids, she could give us compelling mysteries, likable characters and awesome fantasy worldbuilding. Now that she writes for those who grew up with her works, she gives us a lousy sitcom, more interested in the cast's romantic troubles than in the titular antagonist's supposed crimes.

Grindelwald's plots stay in the background for almost the entire movie, while Loads and Loads of Characters exposit, bicker with their significant others, and are given ridiculously convoluted family histories. Many subplots fight for screen time, but pretty much none of them are solidly fleshed out. Newt's ex girlfriend, for some reason, gets more focus than any of the first movie's leads, or Grindelwald. Giving her this much screen time is not only boring but also seems pretty pointless since she dies at the end anyway.

The previous movie was mediocre but entertaining. This one is an unfocused mess that doesn't even appear to have a central narrative, only a collection of C plots, lots of which seem to have been taken out of a day time soap.

Well, every franchise has its dud somewhere down the line. We can only hope that the series will get better from here.

02/11/2019 00:00:00

Oh shut the hell up.

You’re exhibiting the same critical tendencies that the mindless Potter detractors always exhibit:

The Harry Potter series was written for teens and adults; not young children. Get the fuck over yourself.

And then you characterize one of the darkest, most intricately realized and designed, and most dramatic blockbuster of 2018 as a “sitcom”. Sitcoms are, you know, COMEDIES.

You’re an asshole who’s throwing condescending imputations at a wall that are completely at odds with what the film is like and you know it.

02/11/2019 00:00:00

...I haven\'t seen the movie, but your attitude is a big turn off, mate. He can feel what he likes. He didn\'t insult *you*, just a thing you like. And he\'s hardly the only one; I\'ve seen few reviews that regard the film as a creative success.

As someone who likes the DC films, I don\'t mind if you liked something everyone else doesn\'t like. But that\'s grounds to write a review about your own experiences, not to scream at someone else for not enjoying it.

02/11/2019 00:00:00

What I'm wondering is, was their overreaction and failure to provide any cogent counterpoints, directly caused by having this soulless fanfiction cash grab's copious flaws laid bare... or was the doubt always there? It's the only real question you can ask someone who liked this.

02/26/2019 00:00:00

While I agree thatbookishot98 is way out of line by lashing out like that, I personally liked this film quite a lot. It's by no means flawless, but I enjoyed the charismatic characters and the layered plot, and I thought the actors were all excellent as well. Overall, I had fun with it.

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