Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay (英語) ハードカバー – 2018/11/16
J.K. Rowling is the author of the much-loved series of seven Harry Potter novels, originally published between 1997 and 2007. Along with the three companion books written for charity, the series has sold over 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films.
Originally written by J.K. Rowling in aid of Comic Relief as a Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them became the inspiration behind a new and original five-film series for Warner Bros., the first of which was released in 2016. The second film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, was released in November 2018.
J.K. Rowling has collaborated with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened in London's West End in 2016 and on Broadway in 2018, and will have further worldwide openings in 2019.
J.K. Rowling also writes the Cormoran Strike crime novels, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The fourth in this series was published in autumn 2018. The Strike books have been adapted for television for BBC and HBO television by Brontë Film & Television. J.K. Rowling is also the author of The Casual Vacancy, a standalone novel for adults, published in 2012.
First we have the absence of plot. While a lot happens in The Crimes of Grindlewald, it doesn't really have much cohesion. Instead, it came across as a bit of a collection of nods to fans. Did you ever feel that Nagini needed more backstory? Or Dumbledore needed another skeleton in his closet? If so, this is the script/film for you.
Instead, the script takes the time to introduce a whole bunch of secondary characters and attempt to make the reader care about them by giving them stupidly complex backstories. Which doesn't carry an emotional punch, because we know nothing about them. At least the script does a little better than the film in this regard because we have the benefit of stage directions to supply us with character motivations - and in some cases names - which do not come across in the dialogue.
The script is also let down by the abysmal treatment of its female characters. From major female characters who are sacrificed to protect the male protagonists, to ones that just flip their evil switch in the name of "love". I really don't know why Rowling seems to find it so difficult to write believable adult women. Everyone in this book seems to either be a non-entity or conform to a typical archetype.
It also very much came across as being filler, as nothing is resolved in this story. As people have said that there are to be a further three films in this series, I dread to think what the next story will bring...
I enjoyed the plot, although it is slow moving and has a number of puzzling elements and convenient devices towards the end. I like that familiar characters who we don't know a great deal about from the Harry Potter series, like Nicholas Flamel for instance, have been included and relatives have been better explored in some lesser known family trees like the Lestrange's; I really appreciate these nods to the wider series in books generally so this was really great. Newt's creature collection also is visited a few times and new creatures are introduced (although there was certainly room for more!).
The largest problem I have with these stories is that I just don't think they translate well into a Screenplay format - so much is lost and the magical elements are too visual to be captured in dialogue in this way. I find it hard to admit, but it does feel a little bit of a cash cow and I'm not sure I'll continue on with the series as a screenplay if further instalments are released.
Would like to own the second screenplay book along with the first movie book.
Definately worth it if you want to keep the movie fresh in your mind.
Or remind what happened in particular scenes.
See how some names are spelt, sometime when a beastie is said on screen you can't quite catch it.
You also see how it was first written and then adapted on screen, the differences are subtle. :)