Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)

synopsis

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” takes us to a new era in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction of No-Majs (American for Muggles) bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away…and is now nowhere to be found.

Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge—a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing ther chance to regain her post. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA), casts his suspicions on both Newt…and Tina.

Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.

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review

Five-star genre!

Eddie so nerdily hot!

Nostalgic return to Potter times! Makes me wish I could really geek out of paraphernalia and backstories.

My last thought was that I was cheated out of an extra weep, but can’t remember how specifically…hmmm

Spoiler or not: I thought it was completely unfair/unkind to obliviate Hector.

Seems like some shortcuts were taken on effects; having said that where seams intentional? still not a fan!

Particularly hard time understanding creature names distinctly.

Watched twice already: once during the day; once at night.

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The Danish Girl (2015)

The Danish Girlsynopsis

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [“The Theory of Everything”] and Alicia Vikander [“Ex Machina”]), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

~ Official Movie Website

review

I love Eddie Redmayne, even more so after I saw his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, so this was a definite must-see for me. The fact that it deals with alternative sexuality, was a plus.

What a sad story. I thought this movie was a perfect portrayal of acceptance. I’ll admit that I have not been sympathetic to the transsexual experience, feeling that God does not make mistakes. This movie allowed me to put God, as I understand him, aside and commiserate with Lili, learning more about acceptance of others from Gerda.

Ever since I had sex with a redhead, I have been attracted to them, despite my attraction to darker-skinned men. My experience has been that the “carrot” is usually bigger than normal and Mr. Redmayne did not disappoint. I did not expect it, but I was pleasantly surprised to see male frontal nudity, albeit shielded.

Rooting for Eddie to win the Oscar for best actor.