Blunt Predictions Presents: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Teaser Trailer)

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Release Date – November 2016

While I’m glad to see an actor as talented as Eddie Redmayne stepping into J.K. Rowling’s universe, I still have concerns. Obviously not much can be said of the plot at present, but from this footage I’m mainly worried about the level of cheese we’re going to have smeared in our faces. What was brilliant about the Harry Potter films was that they matured over time and became darker, however this appears to be heading back to more lighthearted and (forgive me for saying this) childish territory. I want this to be fun but without crossing the line into stupidity.

2 thoughts on “Blunt Predictions Presents: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Teaser Trailer)

  1. Lighthearted is not synonymous with childish. The Harry Potter films, aside from a couple of necessary world-building details, weren’t childish. They always had a regality and purpose of story and plot that made sure they were always elevated above childish. Star Wars is an example of a big franchise that, at its heart, is far more childish than Harry Potter. And Harry Potter is one of the most mature, dark, and sophisticated YA franchises around.

    What about the teaser looks childish to you? That statement seems like it’s just another excuse conjured from nowhere to devalue and patronize a completely non-childish franchise, so I would choose your words. If you knew anything about Harry Potter, you would know it wasn’t ever childish, and you would know that Jo Rowling is an author who consistently works in gritty, dark, and mature subject matter. If you think Fantastic Beasts is gonna be childish, you need to do your research. The Harry Potter series didn’t get 12 Oscar nominations for being childish. That complaint comes from nowhere.

    • Perhaps you need a little clarity here. I was specifically referring to the films in this instance. The books are of little interest to me because in case it wasn’t obvious, this blog deals exclusively with films.

      I have thought about my words carefully and I stand by them. The HP film series was always family friendly and aimed itself at a younger audience. The first installments in particular relied more on the visuals and the exciting set pieces, and didn’t really tackle any mature or weighted themes. They were very much like a meringue, in the sense that they look very good but they have little substance. They lacked a certain level of maturity, seen in such instances where the placing of wand up a troll’s nose is used as a comic device. It wasn’t until the third installment when director Alfonso Cuaron came in and made the best film of the series by doing something completely different. The third film is the point in which we see a darker twist.

      I would disagree with you when you say that HP is one of the “most mature, dark and sophisticated” franchises because it was always specifically aimed at a younger audience. I have absolutely no problems with the books and I’m certainly not trying to devalue Rowling’s work because she is a fantastic writer and really understands fantasy as a genre, but the films in particular were always more focused on the work of the second unit director, as opposed to the work of the first unit director and screenplay writer. They are imbalanced so that the focus is on style more than substance, so that they were entertaining for a younger audience, without wandering into heavy thematic territory that would bore children and/ or confuse them.

      I’m glad you brought up the Oscars because this is the point in which I tell you that they do not matter. They are gender biased and racist and are essentially a ceremony in which white people give awards to white people. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the greatest filmmakers who ever lived and he never received an Oscar (excluding his honourary award that is). He is still accepted as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, and did the Academy tell us this? Did he need a little golden statue and a red stamp ratification from old white men? No. His work speaks for itself. The fact that the HP franchise received 12 nominations means absolutely nothing, because at the end of the day at least half of the films are severely flawed.

      HOWEVER, if you wish to be childish and rely on the Oscars as a point of argument then I would draw your attention to the fact that across eight films the HP franchise won no Oscars, whereas the third Lord of the Rings film alone won 11 Oscars.

      Also because you have failed to understand even the basics of your own weak argument, I feel I should point out that the Oscars are not awarded based on maturity. All you need look at is the winners of the Best Animated Film category to see that actually children’s films are received rather well by the Academy, an institution which gave 22 Oscars to Walt Disney.

      I have not passed judgement on this film because I have not seen it yet, I have merely commented on the footage they have provided up until this point. You seem to think I have condemned this new film already, and if that is the case then you have clearly failed to understand both the purpose and definition of a prediction.

      Thank you for your advice in regards to choosing my words carefully, however I am perfectly comfortable with the comments I made in this prediction and stand by them. If you are seriously trying to debate films using the Oscars as part of your argument then I would argue that it is in fact yourself who many need to conduct proper research before passing judgement.

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