However, so much about what “Crimes of Grindelwald” prioritizes makes it seem like Rowling has lost her focus on what made people fall in love with these stories.
LIZ: “Fantastic Beasts” is not the first time the person responsible for creating a franchise has compromised the quality of future installments.
The most infamous example is George Lucas: While he did write and direct the first “Star Wars” film, “Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” were helmed by others (albeit with him producing).
KATE: After enduring “The Crimes of Grindelwald” and spending the aftermath attempting to untangle its many narrative threads — so many of them unnecessary!
), I am willing to suggest that “Fantastic Beasts” is in danger of going the “Star Wars” prequel route.
LIZ: Those are all important factors, especially the part where Rowling remains at the center of it.
Though perhaps there is an upside to this: These problems all stem from Rowling — which means she still has the power to fix them. »