This post contains spoilers for Fantastic Animals: Grindelwald 's Crimes.
Over the past few years, properties across every genre of film and television have been called out for drumming interest by touting the presence of strange or odd characters, only to blow their own projects only by vaguely nodding toward the sexities of these characters – Making them irrelevant. The trend may peak when Bill Condon, Who directed the live action version of 2017 Beauty and the Beast, Said in a pre-release interview that he would include an "exclusive homosexual moment" – which eventually turned into a short scene in which he would be a filmmaker And that's great He danced with another man.
Many of Harry Potterdum's powers had shown greater hope for this week Fantastic Animals: Grindelwald's Crimes /. The film ensemble involves a character, Albus Dumbledore, who invents Potter J. Rowling Which was declared gay, immediately after the cover of the seven books series. (It was only the first of many post post post posto edits and additions she would eventually make her a popular mega franchise.) Even after the news broke that Dumbledore and his ex-lover, Gellert Grindelwald, would not be "explicitly" gay in the film, The question of exactly how the film will deal with the subject.
Dumbledore's sexuality never played an explicit role in the book series, but – but Fantastic Animals / The concession glanced at Dumbledore and Grindelwald's old flames, and gave Rowling (writing the scripts for Fantastic Animals / Movies) and director David Yates An opportunity to incorporate the footnote into the canon of this fictional world. But that's not what the film itself did in the end. all the way The Grindelwald Crimes, Dumbledore's connection with Grindelwald is described, in so many words, "like brothers, only closer" – all yearnings and pieces of blood, instead of true romance.
Despite the other Fantastic Animals / The movie has time for a large number of characters and sub-floors – too much, in fact! – There are only a few passing moments in which the film deals directly with Dumbledore and Grindelwald. The first comes as Fake tries to convince Dumbledore to help take Grindelwald down. When Dumbledore expresses reluctance, the officer asks if "this" is the reason – casts a spell that shows Dumbledore young and Grindelwald looking at each other. They were like brothers, he says. Dumbledore's answer? "We were closer than others." In another flashback, later, it turns out that the two are executing a blood pact – instead of kissing or showing any other kind of external affection. Perhaps at the clearest moment of the film, Dumbledore sees Grindelwald in the mirror mirror. As Dumbledore later told Harry Potter, "shows us more or less the deepest and most desperate desires of the heart."
This reliance on meaning is frustrating, perhaps, but understandable; Giant, family-oriented tentpole films do not tend to go out of their way to incorporate content that some demographics may find controversial. The worst part, though, is that the film tries to get the cake and eat it too. This throws fans some bones by hinting at the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, but Dumbledore seems ready or unable to admit that the said relationship was romantic. Even more amazing, Dumbledore never explains Why He can not be honest about this aspect of his relationship with Grindelwald.
Homophobia may have been rampant in the wizarding world in the 1920s, as it did in the human world – but the idea of anti-gay sentiment is ambiguous in a film like homosexuality. It's reminiscent of last year The great concierge, Another piece of time that consistently hints at the dark forces Of Zandaya Character and Zac Efron Without any direct connection to racism. As a result, the relationship rings hollow – as a plot device or a narrative innovation is inserted just so that the film can check the box in a less offensive manner.
It is easy to imagine how this story could have been made differently. Even a better flashback would make all the difference-and if he focused on Grindelwald, he could add another dimension to a figure that feels too much like a white-haired Voldemort back. And while it may be logical for historical fiction figures to live in a coffin, it would be nice to at least see their oppression admitted. If Dumbledore had to suppress this part of his life for decades, you would think it would provide some interesting ways in which the film could travel. But it seems Fantastic Animals / Would prefer to explore the nature of development through an unexplained alternative: execution Ezra Miller Instead, Dumbledore's secret brother.