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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022) by James Newton Howard


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Very excited for his third score in this series! (Less-so about the film lol) Other than the Hunger Games films, I don’t think Howard has had too many opportunities to create music for multiple films in a franchise. I’m one of the few who probably enjoyed his score to Grindelwald more than the first FB score. Looking forward to this :)

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Much like Indy 5, I really don't care about the movie, just its score. Crimes of Grindelwald was so atrocious, it killed whatever interest I had in Newt, Tina, and their saga, but I'm happy they're still making those movies because they give JNH the opportunity to write more fantasy scores.

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The Secrets of Dumbledore? Could these titles be any more cringe?

 

I guess market research showed that casual audiences didn't know or give a shit about some guy called 'Grindelwald' on that film, which is fair enough (though the "Fantastic Beasts" brand holds little relevance either).

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3 minutes ago, Edmilson said:

I'd love to watch this movie, because it could explain how McGonagall was giving classes in Hogwarts even before she was born.

 

I'm not a Harry Potter fan beyond JW's scores, but...

 

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Bad title, bad director, wrong storyline, terrible characters (Dumbledore and co. Goes to show what JK thinks of the gays). I liked the first score at least.

1 hour ago, publicist said:

Poor JNH, another WB windbag of unbearable length he has to sit through multiple times.

 

Let JNH score good fantasy movies!

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The title is not very inspired, to be sure, but...Dumbledore has secrets aplenty.

I know I'm in the minority, here, but I found the COG to be a much more involving film than the first Fantastic Beasts.

I, for one, am looking forward to #3.

 

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1 hour ago, Brónach said:

Let JNH score good fantasy movies!

I'd love that, problem is most live action fantasy movies he scores range from mediocre (2003 Peter Pan, Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman) to absolutely horrible (Crimes of Grindelwald, Huntsman: Winter's War) to a crime against humanity and cinema (The Last Airbender).

 

I pity poor James who had to watch Last Airbender over and over again in order to score it. :( 

 

The first FB might be his best (non-animated) fantasy movie.

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10 hours ago, mrbellamy said:

King Kong's the best one probably

It's a good movie but I wouldn't classify it as "fantasy". It's more of an adventure/drama film.

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5 hours ago, Brónach said:

 

As a movie, yes. And scored in a month?! whoah

 

I still can't believe how good that score is with much of a time crunch JNH had to compose and record that score.

 

But then when he gets a project where he has the luxury of time and he's inspired, you can get stuff like Maleficent -- which is even better.

 

I haven't been impressed with JNH's Fantastic Beasts scores -- they're functional but they're not on the level of Maleficent or King Kong. Maybe it's because of the director or scripts.

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It's good that it will be at least a trilogy of scores. I haven't seen the films and don't plan on doing that anytime soon.


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No love for the The Water Horse?

 

So underrated and under-mentioned. By far his best live-action fantasy.

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Seems a bit early. Wasn't he just refamiliarising himself with the themes like two months ago?

 

He was on the first two for way longer than that.

 

Incidentally, I hope the recording is better than for CoG. There's lots of music there I think I'd love if it didnt sound like it was recorded underwater.

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