Movie Theory: The Plot Crimes of Grindelwald

I’m not a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve read all the books and seen a few of the movies, mostly through the influence of multiple women throughout my life. I like the universe in general but I’ve never been super obsessed with which house I belong to or wishing I got an owl mail sending me to the American equivalent of Hogwarts. (Ilvermorny, right?)

As such, I didn’t come into the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise with too much excitement or baggage. I was interested but not enthusiastic. When I saw the first one in theaters I liked it but came out of the movie theater feeling like something was off. It bothered me because I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was wrong or express what was bothering me about the movie. When I watched it again this weekend before seeing Crimes of Grindelwald, I still enjoyed it but also still felt the same sense of “something isn’t quite right.”

I saw Crimes of Grindelwald and actually didn’t like it. But on top of not liking it, I felt the same unexplainable nagging in the back of my head and it began to frustrate me because I wanted to be able to vocalize what was bugging me. So I thought about both movies together to try and figure out what it was – and I finally got my Eureka moment.

It was the narrative structure that was bothering me.

I’m not going to talk about canon or retcons or universe-related problems in this critique- instead I’m going to focus on the narrative and overall plotlines of both movies. There will be major spoilers of both Crimes of Grindelwald and Fantastic Beasts, so if you haven’t seen them both and want to remain unspoiled, read no further.

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Episode 9 – John Carpenter’s It (The Spooky Spoiler Episode)

We have a special Halloween treat this week for Make Me A Gamer! TMan and HarveyZ accidentally recorded a semi-spooky themed episode! After talking about our experience with simulation games (including early experiences with “titillating” games and mods) we dive into talk about horror movies and what we like and don’t like about them. TMan and HarveyZ also get into spoiler territory as we have differing opinions on them. (Spoilers: we spoil some fictional events that are 10+ years old in this podcast.) We also talk about some scary, spooky video games and end with a little bit of talk about the Secure, Contain, Protect wiki. (This episode was recorded September 29th.)

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