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Throwback Friday: This Is a Fantastic Issue of ‘Entertainment Weekly’

I’m a proud subscriber of Entertainment Weekly and every once in a while there’s an issue arrives that blows. My. Mind! Well, this was one of those particular issues and because it was so great I had to share my experience reading it with you all. Enjoy!

The Cover

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Eddie Redmayne shines in this brilliant Entertainment Weekly cover.

When I got the issue I was already excited. It’s a beautiful cover in its simplicity. Eddie Redmayne graces the front as Fantastic Beasts hero, Newt Scamander, and just behind him lingers Jude Law as a young Dumbledore. What’s cooler than that? It didn’t take very long for me to begin reading this with gleeful excitement.

And the Journey Begins

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Love it!

Turning the page and finding this brilliant photo to welcome me was a sign that this was going to be one of the greatest Entertainment Weekly reads I’ve ever had. The words weaving out of Newt’s wand is a downright stroke of genius and the title Beastie Boy is perfect. This article truly got me at hello.

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The Pros and Cons of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, a film that returned us to the magical world of witches and wizards living among us. After seeing the film once I decided to watch it again to refresh my memory on the film’s quality and boy was I refreshed…but not in a good way.

J.K Rowling delivers a powerful film 2 hour and 14-minute movie set, I think this is correct, 11 months after the events of the first film. Unfortunately, its “power” turns into a jumbled hodgepodge of a film that works too desperately to feel dark and important but ends up leaving you confused and exhausted by the end of the film.

Today, after analyzing the film for only the second time, I’m going to share with you the pros and cons of this movie. (Unfortunately, the cons far outweigh the pros.) Enjoy! Continue reading The Pros and Cons of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Who’s Your Favorite ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Character?

The Harry Potter movies are some of the most popular films in the world with millions of fans who know the movies (and the books) back and forth. Now J.K Rowling is sharing with us a new story, one that’s set several decades before Harry Potter’s time and those are the Fantastic Beasts movies. Only two have come out so far and neither has risen to the exact mystique and storytelling level that the Harry Potter films achieved with such ease but there is certainly enjoyment one can find with these movies.

I personally like the films because of the characters. They’re engaging and have interesting enough storylines to keep me holding on to the overall story by a thread.

Because I like these characters so much I decided to make them part of this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? Enjoy! Continue reading Who’s Your Favorite ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Character?

Why Are the Women in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ So Sad?

A few days ago I watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald for the first time and for the most part, I enjoyed it. The sequel played an interesting role in setting up what is sure to be a thrilling final three films but it also alienated some as it told a complex story that didn’t exactly reach the standards we were all expecting.

I found the movie to be better than I expected…and a bit underwhelming at the same time. But what I clearly noticed and was slightly disturbed by after watching the film was the dreadfully depressing storylines of each and every female character in the movie.

J.K Rowling, who is clearly one of the greatest storytellers in this generation, is a woman and as a fellow woman, I would expect her to create strong, powerful women in these films. And she did, for the Harry Potter movies.

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There was Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Professor McGonnagal, Bellatrix Lestrange, Ginny Weasley, and so many other women who were never depicted as powerful because of men. They were simply, powerful.

With so many incredible ladies to love in the Harry Potter movies, one would expect to receive women just as awesome in the Fantastic Beasts series and at first, we did in Tina and Queenie Goldstein.

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As sisters, they stood out, not because they were damsels in distress, but because they were two young women navigating themselves through the growing conflict in the Wizardling World thanks to the excelling murmurings of Gellert Grindelwald. Yes, they both had serious crushes on the two male characters that accompanied them (Newt Scamander and Jacob Kowalski) but romance doesn’t diminish a woman’s strength. Or at least, it didn’t.

Now both sisters have become sacks of sadness, and obviously, they wouldn’t be the only ones dealing with strong emotions in the sequel, for J.K Rowling introduced two new heroines in Leta Lestrange and Nagini.

I mean, listen to the storylines for these four women.

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Is ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ a Worthy Sequel?

If you have been following my blog recently you will remember my review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last month. In short; I loved the first film in this new franchise which sheds even greater light on the Wizarding World. I loved the characters and their stories and overall it’s a fun film to watch.

I couldn’t wait to continue watching this story evolve with the sequel and yesterday I finally got the chance to see it. Hence, this review.

That leads me to the question of this post; Is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald a Worthy Sequel? Yes…and no. There are pros and cons to this story. On one side I loved it and then on the other side I’m totally disinterested. So, on that note, let me share with you the pros and cons of The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Be warned! This review will contain MAJOR spoilers. Thank you for heeding this warning.

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A Really Late Review of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’

If you follow my blog you may already know that I love the Harry Potter movies. It took me a while to see all of the films and get what’s going on in the story but once I have I have enjoyed these movies immensely. When it was announced that there would be a new bunch of movies that would be a part of the Wizarding World I was excited but I wasn’t utterly thrilled. When Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out I didn’t go to see it in the movie theaters and I tried to watch it in early 2017 but I didn’t finish it. I have not watched it since.

So, imagine my surprise when I turned on the television the other evening and saw that it was playing. I was so excited. Maybe finally I could watch this movie and understand what was happening.

For the next two and a half hours or so I was sucked into a world with awe-inspiring creatures, lovable characters, and purely thrilling magic. By the time the film concluded I was beaming with elation. I loved it! Yes, it’s no Harry Potter film but it still managed to retain a hint of the same magic J.K Rowling presented us within the Harry Potter franchise.

So, here’s my really late review of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

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