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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie review

 

It may not surprise anyone when I say I didn’t enjoy this movie, given that is a popular opinion at this point, but it breaks my heart none the less. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a sequel to “Where to Find Them” and follows the uprising of the universes most famous dark wizard. Now, I feel it must be stated that my wife and I are huge Harry Potter fans, both of us sporting tattoos and collectibles. I am however a much bigger fan than her. I enjoyed the first installment of the series, liking the twists it put on the things I already loved without ruining itself or relying on the Harry Potter series too much. It marketed itself as completely separate except for the world itself. I respected and liked that. I went it to this movie with high hopes and they were dashed away rather quickly into it.

The movie opens with one of the most bad ass magic fights we have had since the finale of Order of the Phoenix. The stunning visuals coupled with score of John Williams are breathtaking. That is, unfortunately, the peak of the movie. Shortly after this it spirals into a cluster of confusing plots, characters that go nowhere, and references that are shoved down your throat every few minutes to distract you from how boring this movie actually is. This truly saddens me to write because I am someone that will quite regularly throw in a Harry Potter movie to relax during a rough time.

There are so many main plots, sub plots, character arcs, and everything else that it is honestly just hard to follow. At the end of it I wasn’t sure what was important, what was going on, or if it was even over. Because of this it made the big twist at the end more confusing rather than anything else and I left the theater completely unsatisfied.

The actors in this are good. Eddie Redmayne as Newt is still amazing and the best part of this movie. The movie is less focused on him than the first one however and it suffers from it. I don’t believe it needed to be focused on him completely but if they didn’t want to they needed to make the other characters just as interesting. Jude Law as Dumbeldore was great but he had barely any screen time. Johhny Depp was a nice cast for Grindelwald, but they gave him nothing to do, wasting the character and actor at the same time. Any time spent with Credence, played by Ezra Miller, brought the movie to a screeching halt and we were with him a lot.

The icing on the cake for me was the references. References were everywhere, handed to you on a silver platter, trying to distract you from what you were watching by reminding you of the good times. But it didn’t work. I was only reminded that I wasn’t watching those movies instead. I wanted this movie to succeed on its own. I didn’t want it to rely on my love for its predecessor. A few call backs would have been fine, welcome even, but it was clear it KNEW it wasn’t good. It was clear it WANTED  me distracted and reminiscing.

Writing this review doesn’t make me happy. In fact it disappoints, and saddens me that I am writing it. But it is honest. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is boring, and expects to get by purely on your love of Harry Potter to make money with it’s next three movies. It is nothing more than a shameful cash-grab filler.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie review

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I have a Harry Potter tattoo. I just thought that should be noted before I write this review. I have a Harry Potter tattoo and a large obsession with the series… Needless to say my hopes were quite high for this movie and I’m happy to say they were not let down! Fantastic Beasts takes place seventy years before the events of Harry Potter and follows Newt Scamander on his trip to the states… You see, Newt has a case (that’s bigger on the inside) of magical creatures that he cares for and releases back into the wild. At this point in the world magical creatures are killed off because of the assumption that they are dangerous… Along the way he stumbles into a no-maj (a lazy U.S. way of saying muggle, which is SO much cooler), played by Dan Fogler, who basically plays the embodiment of every HP fan out there… Much like Harry Potter, this movie starts out fun and light-hearted but turns dark and grim near the end. Collin Farrell plays Graves, a man who is clearly bad from the start but has an amazing twist at the end… This was a fantastic movie, and a standalone great, despite being a spin off of one of the best series ever. I look forward to the massive series this will undoubtedly be.

 

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The Magicians series premier TV show review

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The Magicians is a not-so original premise revitalized and revamped. Taking place at a school that teaches students magic in secret would have been a big deal back in 1996. Now, its all considered “Harry Potter spoofs”. I’m a HUGE HP fan, I won’t lie, that is why this attracted me. But, I’m here to tell you this stands alone, no matter the existence of other movies/shows/books like it! The Magicians series premier introduces you to Quentin Coldwater, our main character. A brilliant move by the creators is making him depressed, and lonely. This is brilliant because it is revealed he is feeling these things because he is magic, and surrounded by those that can’t relate. Given that a lot of people feel that way, it is a great way to speak to your viewers, make them feel part of the show… This show introduces us to many other side characters too. From the ass hole roommate, to the weird best friends, and the geeky-cute girl. All serve a great purpose, but you can tell some will be more important than others. Another reason this show is relateable and brings you in the story is the ages. The Magicians is set in a college instead of a boarding school for kids. If you think about it, it just makes more ACTUAL sense, but it also brings you in the story more… The use of magic is great as well. Giving an aura of sophistication and power based on who uses it. When a character started talking about being sorted into houses, or something, I rolled my eyes, but that was done well! Each person holds a different magical ability such as flying, telekinesis, nature, intelligence, etc… An underlying sub-story that hints to Quentin being a “chosen one” peaks up every now and then as well, which I am  not a fan of… And, finally, our main villain is a giant guy who is covered in moths. Throughout the episode the characters talk about moths, secret shit happening, and the talk of a rising… So you see it coming, but the power behind this antagonist is wonderful… Almost as if he is only toying with everyone. In the end it CLEARLY borrowed so much more than just the base premise from Harry Potter, but that is okay. It is a very welcome re-imagining of a beloved series. Relateable in many more ways, and original in just as many… I will happily watch every episode of this for as long as it airs JUST based on this pilot.

(PS. Since they are in college now, we still all have a chance to get our letter from our magical school!)

 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book review

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I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. If I described in full detail how big a fan, I’d seem nuts. I own a wand from Olivanders, have a Harry Potter tattoo sketched out I plan to get soon, have actually WROTE fan fiction, and can recite the whole first movie. Needless to say, I have read this book multiple times. Half Blood Prince is not only my favorite Harry Potter movie, but also my favorite book of the series. The book follows Harry Potter and his merry group of friends in their 6th year at Hogwarts. Lots of shit goes down in this book, to put it lightly. This is where He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named prepares for war, and Harry prepares to defeat him alongside Dumbledore. Why this book stands out as my favorite though is it is the last book where they are students. As many other fans and I would tell you, some of the best parts in the series are when the trio is just doing everyday wizard shit, and just being everyday students! This is the last book to have those amazing parts that put us in the shoes of everyday life at the best (allegedly) fictional school ever created! Harry Potter is easily the most famous series out there, so you don’t need me to tell you its great. I just wanted to tell you why I think this book is the greatest.