Eddie Redmayne

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Crimes of GRindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Director:

David Yates

Starring:

Eddie Redmayne

Katherine Waterston

Dan Fogler

Plot:

The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Review:

I was…not really impressed by this. To be honest, I watched it a few weeks ago and I barely remember it. I remember being disappointed. My sister is a HUGE Harry Potter fan and really liked it, so maybe I was over hyped? I don’t know.

Newt was disappointing. Dumbledore was really disappointing. All the romance relationships were disappointing. Tina was the only person I don’t remember being disappointed in and I could have just forgotten something.

It was just…not what I was hoping for? Even though I wasn’t hoping for anything. I don’t know, it just wasn’t for me and not really anything I would recommend.

2/5

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Director:

David Yates

Starring:

Eddie Redmayne

Katherine Waterston

Alison Sudol

Plot:

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Review:

I was pretty excited to finally be able to watch this, even though I didn’t get to see it in theaters. Maybe I was too excited? All I had heard was how awesome it was and that it was so fun to be back in the Harry Potter universe, and it was, but…I just didn’t seem to love it as much as everyone else.

I’ve never been a fan of the HP movies, I love the books too much, which is another reason why I was looking forward to this, I wouldn’t have anything to compare it too. Unfortunately, that didn’t help things. I liked seeing all the magic, but I almost feel like the story suffered because of it. Sometimes it wasn’t about what was going on, but what they could do with their powers.

I’m also not the biggest fan of the stars of the show, I never knew what I was supposed to be feeling with them, they were both awkward for me. I loved the two support characters though.

It was a good movie, I didn’t hate it, but I think it was hyped too much for me. I thought the ending was a bit sad too.

3.5/5

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Director:

Andy Wachowskis & Lana Wachowskis

Starring:

Channing Tatum

Mila Kunis

Eddie Redmayne

Plot:

In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by the ruthless son of a powerful family who lives on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.

Review:

First off, I thought the score was amazing. More movies need full scores.

Now onto the rest.

I was really looking forward to this movie because I love the Wachowskis. The last time I doubted them, they brought me Cloud Atlas, and that is one of my top ten movies. So I tried to ignore all the negative reviews I was seeing for Jupiter.

Honestly, I didn’t hate the movie, but it is not one of my favorite. I thought it was merely ok.

The first fight scene was fine, though I thought they cut too often to people’s faces and didn’t show the action as well as I would like. It wasn’t shaky cam it was editing. My husband says they wanted to highlight the fact that the actors did their own stuff, to which I say, I don’t care, I want to see action, not close ups.

There were several jumps in the story, where I guess they ran out of time and assumed the viewer could figure it out. When they did this it took me out of the movie while I figured out an explanation for what was going on. I found that to be incredibly frustrating.

I hated the romance between Kane, Tatum, and Jupiter, Kunis. I thought it was completely unnecessary and they could have easily cut it and filled out all the places that they jumped over.

I didn’t mind the casting, though, Tatum was not my favorite. I thought Kunis was able to pull off regal well, but I disliked the fact that Kane was always saving her. That being said I thought she handled the last fight well enough. Balem, Eddie Redmayne, the main bad dude, wasn’t someone I enjoyed either. His low voice at times was hard to hear. I understand that him yelling was supposed to show his uncontrollable temper, but I thought he could still do that without talking so low all the time.

I did not like the ending. The movie was on such a grand scale. Universes and planets and corporations that last a millennium. All that, and the ending is her on those stupid gravity boots flying through the Chicago skyline with her new boyfriend. Talk about anticlimactic.

Not my favorite movie and I thought there was a lot wrong, however, the world that was created was incredibly interesting and I would love to know more. Also, and it bears repeating, amazing score.

2.75/5