Life before H.P.

Let’s take a look at the #1 top grossing movie this past weekend and two opposing opinions.

FANTASTIC BEASTS
and WHERE TO FIND THEM

 

 

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Plot: 1926 New York City. Newt Scamander, magizoologist (Eddie Redmayne), arrives for a quick stopover on a world tour. He brings with him a briefcase full of fantastic beasts, which is placed in the care of his soon-to-be sidekick, Jacob, a nonmaj (plebeian who can’t perform magic; an American muggle), played by Dan Folger. The creatures escape and the hunt is on. In case you don’t know, this is a prequel to the Harry Potter (HP) movies. JK Rowling wrote the screenplay–her first.

PS The zoologist is writing a book about the beasts–guess what it’s called? Look no further than the name of the movie.

PPS Four sequels (to this prequel) are planned.

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Review by Joshua Yehl
(IGN=ignite?)

 

Spoilers skimmable? Not at all.

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Bottom line: It’s dull. We’ve seen the special effects before-in the Harry Potter movies. The movie does shine, however, when the fantastic beasts are in the spotlight:

“Please, could we just spend our two hours in the briefcase with the beasts?”

Nonmaj Jacob walks through the movie with his eyes wide open, mouth agape in astonishment–he reacts that way after every single feat of magic, says Yehl, although you’d think he’d get used to it after a while.

The director’s fault:
Critic Yehl blames it on the director, David Yates, who actually has directed FOUR Harry Potter movies!

What went wrong:
“static shots [the camera stands still, so the scene doesn’t change], dead air [screen is blank] and obvious  use of green screens [people superimposed over a fake background].”

There will be a quiz on these and other movie terms after the holiday break.

On the other hand–

COS (Consequence of Sound)

Review by Allison Shoemaker

Spoilers skimmable? with care.

Bottom line: B+. It’s a good movie, the special effects are awesome, the directing fantastic. Full of “terrific shots…a delightful adventure…a terrific piece of visual storytelling.”

Adult analogies: Samantha Morten heads a muggle supremacy group; Colin Farrill is a Hitler in the making.

Makes too much sense in today’s world: Shoemaker notes that the fantastical beasts “escaped and must be recaptured, not because they’re a danger to humans, but because we’re a danger to them.”

Only problem: the ending is not so good, which is the director’s fault.

Oh, what to do–to see it or not to see it?

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Harry Potter Prequel to the Future

Turn the clock forward a year, folks!

Thanks to the November 13th issue of Entertainment Weekly, we know of a guaranteed blockbuster, opening in exactly one year (November 2016). Starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, American professor in none other than the HARRY POTTER PREQUEL, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the title of a dictionary written by by Professor Scamander. And guess who wrote the screenplay? Here’s a hint–this time it isn’t an adaptation of a novel. It’s penned

Katherine Waterston as Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein An ambitious worker at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (aka MACUSA, the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic) who meets Newt. Tina is relegated to an office well below her abilities after she stood up for the wrong person. She longs to fight for what's right.
Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein
An ambitious worker at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (aka MACUSA, the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic) who meets Newt. Tina is relegated to an office well below her abilities after she stood up for the wrong person. She longs to fight for what’s right.

straight to the screen–by the master herself: JK Rowling!

Get the crystal ball out, everyone! Then paste the article inside of it. You’ll see photos of what looks like the same day on the set! (Redmayne is wearing the same clothes throughout.)

Close your open mouths, all of you! EW goes above and beyond: It has the beginning of the dictionary entries that we will see in…….yes–in one year!!

And more and more–secret details of the movie set that Eddie Redmayne stands in front of on the cover.

For you doubters: in a sidebar like no other, EW lists the main characters, describes them and adds photos of the actors who play them!

Save this blog entry, cherish it, for I have given you a gift. The gift of the future.

BEFORE YOU GO BACK TO THE CURRENT YEAR:

SET THE CLOCK TO 14 MONTHS FROM NOW!

Yes, EW does it again! And in the same issue!

Here’s the scoop: come January 2017, CBS will present a new 6-episode Star Trek series on its all-access streaming.

You got that right!!

STAR TREK!!!!!

OK, now you can breathe.

As a postscript: know that the magazine sticks to its usual pedestrian predictions: in an article called “Best Actress Bounty,” the magazine lists 11 women who might just be contenders for Best Actress at the Oscars this February. In fact, they pasted tiny heads of the actresses into a graph divided into three groups: “Sure Things”, “Serious Threats,” and “Potential Spoilers.”

Entertainment Weekly has got the predictions down! WIth these three columns, I can safely predict that they will be right no matter who is nominated!

Now that’s miraculous reporting–and you can ‘thank me for bringing it to you!