So, Fantastic Beasts 2 did not work. I think most of us will agree that the movie fell far below our expectations.
And obviously, J.K. Rowling was the problem. Rowling, for those of you that have been sleeping under rocks, wrote the original Harry Potter novels. She only played a supervisory role when it came to the live-action adaptation of those movies.
So, a lot of us could not help but get excited when we learned that she was actually going to write the Fantastic Beasts movies. The fact that she had no screenwriting experience did not matter; at least not to me.
In fact, had anyone confronted me on that particular issue, I would have argued vehemently that Rowling’s ability to tell such compelling stories in novel format more than qualified her to write movies. And I would have used the first Fantastic Beasts to prove my point.
I mean, the movie was mostly okay, but you could not have expected anything better from a first-time screenwriter. Fantastic Beasts One was merely J.K. Rowling testing her skills.
I was so certain that the second movie would change everything; that Rowling would finally find her footing and take the screenwriting arena by storm by writing the best movie of the year.
Well, I was wrong. J.K. Rowling just is not cut out for screenwriting. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t disagree with the idea that Rowling could get better with time.
But The Crimes of Grindelwald put her shortcomings on display for everyone to see. Let me explain it this way. The second Fantastic Beasts movie was not bad. But you could tell that it would have been better executed had Rowling published it as a novel.
The Crimes of Grindelwald was chockfull of great concepts. In fact, one might say that it was a little saturated with ideas and stories. The movie tried and failed to juggle Nagini’s history, Queenie’s romance, Leta’s tragic childhood, Grindewald’s rise, Dumbledore’s history…honestly, too much happened in this movie.
And yet none of it was fully explored. Rowling laid out so many engaging ideas that she simply could not find the time to tackle them all. And here is the thing; her books were often just as packed.
But novels are far more expansive. And a novel would have given the author all the space she needed to fully explore this new magical world. Hell, there were so many compelling ideas in the second Fantastic Beasts movie that a novel version of the story had the potential to become the greatest Harry Potter novel ever published. The concepts were that good.
And a book so distinct and experimental would have made an even better movie in the hands of a skilled screenwriter, which Rowling is not.
A decent screenwriter would have cut so much from Fantastic Beasts 2. A decent screenwriter would have condensed some of the plots while expanding others and completely eliminating the coincidences.
J.K. Rowling sunk her own movie. She should have crafted the blueprint and then handed the reins of the actual screenwriting process over to someone who actually understands the field.
But none of that matters. Fantastic Beasts 2 is a critical and box office failure, and I think this is the end of the franchise.