8. Terrible Editing
A similar complaint to the above, though not one as persistent - given that previous directors have had experience in action fare - is the fact that Bill Condon is not a skilled or experienced action director, thus he doesn't give himself enough coverage for shots, meaning that he directs himself into a corner in the editing room. Far too many shots in this film are rushed and don't give us time to focus on what is going on; combined with the blurry CGI, this often makes for an extremely frustrating time when we're trying to get into the action. Further problematic is the 12A rating, limiting the level of violence that can be shown, and while Condon gets away with a surprising amount of decapitation - no doubt mitigated by the fantastical context - there are some jarring cuts clearly made for censorship reasons that make for annoying viewing and probably don't do the source material that much justice either.