What do you fear most about the sequel movie? Of course, the most feared thing is that the reputation of the film is worse than the previous one!
Generally speaking, no matter how popular IP masterpieces are, as long as you keep making sequels, the ratings of the films will decline sooner or later. We will call this phenomenon the “sequel curse”.
There seem to be many reasons for the “curse of the sequel”. For example, the fans of the first generation have high requirements for the sequel, and it is generally believed that the next one is difficult to surpass the previous one, unless it can perform very prominently, just like “Terminator 2″. : Judgment Day” versus “The Terminator”.
Of course, if the previous work is too good, the sequel will get stuck in a bottleneck, or it may be due to the internal communication problem of the official. One of these two factors will often lead to the unsatisfactory performance of the sequel, just like the hot topic “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets”. of Dumbledore”.
As the third film in the series based on the classic “Harry Potter”, “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” has now been reduced to 6.2 points, setting a record for the lowest score in the Harry Potter series.
Originally thinking of the lessons learned from “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, Harry Potter fans may have lowered their expectations for this sequel, but unexpectedly it made everyone even more disappointed.
Everyone’s disappointment and complaints about the film continue. At this time, a recent response from Warner Bros., the producer, once again caused a lot of discussion…
Ruined another classic?
According to the online ratings, the “Fantastic Beasts” trilogy scored 7.7, 7.0, and 6.2 in order, and the whole trend is just as the “Sequel Spell” shows – the latter part is lower than the previous one.
At the beginning of the film, it was Newt Scamander, a magical zoologist, but with the appearance of the second and third films, the position seems to have changed.
The protagonist of the film’s wife seems to have become Dumbledore, and she has become someone else’s subordinate, living like a “supporting role”.
Looking at the posters of the trilogy, Newt’s position was gradually moved from the original C position to the edge by the official, and then replaced by Lao Deng.
Then there is the shift in the content of the film. The original purpose of the film is to use Newt’s perspective to present to the audience a wider magical world outside of Hogwarts, as well as to show you those interesting magical animals.
In the end, Fantastic Beasts have become purely “tools” for the development of the story, and the focus of the story has become the grudge between Dumbledore and Greenwald.
Past cases tell us that once the development of the script is modified by the official magic, it is a very bad thing.
The way things are going to be this way, but also from the “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” controversy.
The general public feedback on the film is that you don’t remember what the whole story is about…
It is also a multi-line narrative, a group drama, a variety of perspective switching, and a variety of memories interspersed.
The film is not long enough, and the amount of information in it is too much and too full, and ordinary people’s brains can’t handle it at all.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has a different narrative context than traditional Hollywood blockbusters. It’s neither neat nor exciting, so it’s difficult for audiences to remember the film’s main plot.
But on the other hand, the film adds a lot of Easter eggs and details familiar to Harry Potter fans—Hogwarts, Dumbledore, Voldemort, the Elder Wand, The deluminator, Philosopher’s Stone, Phoenix, Nagini, etc. Wait, everywhere is a moment of fan ecstasy.
But it is precisely because the film has added a lot of easter eggs that it has become a fan-oriented movie, leaving many passers-by and audiences at a loss.
No matter how you evaluate it now, the word of mouth of the second part has indeed fallen quite seriously, and it is this reason that finally led to the complete collapse of the third part.
You must know that the film company pays great attention to the box office performance. Once the “sequel magic curse” affects the most critical revenue link, they will often panic and lose judgment because of this.
And Warner is obviously a film company eager to meet market demand, and it knows best what audiences love to watch.
Since everyone has seen the previous work in a fog and doesn’t know what to say, then I will keep it simple and apply the template of traditional commercial blockbusters to narrate. I am afraid that the plot will be boring, right? I will directly add more magic fighting scenes with cool special effects.
You are saying that J. K. Rowling’s screenwriting skills are not enough, so this time I hired a screenwriter who worked on the “Harry Potter” series to turn the tide.
How to deal with “Obscurus”, just arrange it at the end and show up!
This phenomenon is a bit familiar, as if Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” was so obsessed by them back then.
It is said that Warners is DC’s worst enemy. During the filming of “Justice League”, Zack Snyder temporarily quit the crew due to an accident at home, and he replaced director Joss Whedon to take over the follow-up work.
As a result, the original script was messed up by him, which led to a complete rollover after the feature film was released.
Even screenwriter Chris Terrio later criticized Warners in front of the media, accusing them of repeatedly interfering with the film’s production and putting expensive visual effects over an illogical story.
Originally, Warner had always been jealous of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe next door, so it also wanted to quickly launch its own DC Movie Universe. However, it was too hasty, and as a result, all the good hands were wasted by it.
Similarly, Warner’s “fantastic Beasts” on “Fantastic Beasts” is tantamount to bringing the film’s story system in a direction of collapse.
The plot of the film itself is narrated according to the original book written by J. K. Rowling. You ask a screenwriter to magically change the script to make it more in line with the aesthetics of traditional Hollywood movies. As a result, the original story structure will definitely be destroyed. The system logic will also be messed up and eventually self-destruct the future.
When the script of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” has been destroyed, the only things left to watch are feelings and special effects…
Taking all the circumstances into consideration, in the end the person who should take the blame is always Warner!
Follow-up of the film
While “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”‘s reputation and box office performance are still declining, there is also a scandal within the “Fantastic Beasts” film crew.
Actor Ezra Miller, who played “Credence Barebone”, was recently released on a $500 bail after swearing in a bar.
In fact, the crew has been plagued by various scandals since the filming.
J. K. Rowling was banned by fans; filming was suspended due to infection of an important actor; Depp was forced to withdraw from “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” due to domestic violence lawsuit; actor Kevin Guthrie was sentenced to prison for assaulting a woman Movie appearances and more.
Faced with the encounters on and off the screen, Warner Bros. is now considering whether to slow down or even stop the shooting of subsequent films, and may expand the IP of “Harry Potter” from other story lines in the future.
Looking at this “sequel curse” that happened to “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”, God seems to have used various ways to persuade them to stop filming from the beginning, but they just don’t listen.
As for how Warners will re-tell the story in the world of “Harry Potter” in the future, I hope they can learn a lesson from it.