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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’: Poignant but Terribly Unoriginal

I just finished watching the movie that had people talking: The Trial of the Chicago 7. I was expecting something poignant, riveting, and filled with scenes portrayed by some brilliant actors who would send this film soaring to the top of the Oscar race for Best Picture. Oh yeah, this movie was very resonant with the current state of our country and yeah the film was filled with actors known for their Oscar-nominated (Sacha Baron Cohen and Michael Keaton), Oscar-winning (Eddie Redmayne and Mark Rylance), Golden Globe nominated, (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) or Emmy-winning (Yahya Abdul Mateen II and Jeremy Strong) performances but that did not make this movie riveting.

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I’ve Finally Seen ‘Les Misérables’

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve begun a personal quest to watch all of the best musicals. Some of you suggested, after seeing masterpieces like The Sound of Music and An American in Paris, that my next stop should be Les Misérables. Well, considering that the film just dropped on Netflix, I decided to give it a look and I’m glad I did.

Let me not beat around the bush, Les Misérables is a musical I will definitely not be watching again. Its songs are ultimately forgettable except a few, I found some moments almost unbearably corny, and Russel Crowe’s singing was a bit cringeworthy, but besides those few cons, the movie was beautifully directed and done.

You all said I would cry. I didn’t disappoint. I cried at least five times during the duration of the film and wept profusely at the end. Hugh Jackman did a fabulous job! (Who knew the man could sing?!) His very first few minutes struck me as he conveyed such emotion in this role. I will have to watch The Greatest Showman next and see what he did with that movie.

Secondly, I was surprised to find Eddie Redmayne so believable in this role as the lovestruck rebel (who knew he could sing either?!) I always knew the man could act, just look at the dedication he put into bringing Newt Scamander to life in the Fantastic Beasts movie. He’s pretty much the only thing that’s solid about those films. And we can’t forget how perfectly he portrayed Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything. In an alternate universe, Redmayne could’ve potentially played the role of Kylo Ren. I wonder how that would’ve turned out…

(Honestly, I’m glad Adam Driver got the role though. He is perfect!)

And shut the front door! Anne Hathaway was perfect in this movie, even if it was only for a little while. Considering that she garnered an Oscar for her role in this film I thought she was going to be in it longer than she was. Unfortunately (*sniffles*) she was gone pretty soon.

All in all, Les Misérables is a film that I’ll never forget. It’s a movie that touched me in more ways than one and it once again, like Prisoners, provided me more admiration for Hugh Jackman as an actor.

I’ll give this film 91 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. It was good but it wasn’t great.

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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?

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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The Final Trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Is Here

I watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I didn’t like it, but ever since I saw the teaser for this Fantastic Beasts sequel I’ve been excited to see this movie. Now, we are but a couple of months away from this film entering theaters and its final trailer has just come out. Here it is.

I love that this is the final trailer, it showed a bunch of new, very awesomely magical footage, and I still don’t know what’s going on. That’s the fine art of trailer making. Trailers can tantalize you with exciting footage and tease plenty of epic moments but if I can’t predict the entire story of the film through the trailer that’s a mission accomplished.

What I hands down loved the most about this trailer was all of the magic (and young Dumbledore.) The Harry Potter movies are so exciting to watch because of those magical elements that make the Wizarding World an utterly fascinating place to delve into. To see so many incredible spells and charms and who knows what else in one trailer positively wowed me and I can’t wait to see it in IMAX.

And who doesn’t love seeing more with young Dumbledore. Dumbledore has always been a sort of mysterious character throughout the Harry Potter series so to learn a bit more about his past as, I’m guessing, a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher decades before he became Headmaster of Hogwarts is kind of awesome!

Honestly, I can’t wait to see this movie and I think it’s going to be really fun to watch.

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