Posted in Movies, Young Adult

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay/Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay bfbawtfty J.K. Rowling

Published: November 18th 2016 by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

If you haven’t read this yet, I definitely suggest going to the movie first so that nothing is ruined. That way when you read this screenplay, you can appreciate the notes about the scenes a little bit more. At least for me, as I was reading I was able to go back to the movie and understand the scenes a little bit more.

Plot wise the movie/book was very simple. Beasts are accidentally let loose, and then we spend about an hour and a half on trying to catch them all. There is also the side plot that is the reason this franchise will be 5 movies instead of just the one. I mean we have to have  at least one wizard wreaking havoc and causing mayhem for our heroes.

Let’s talk about the characters. I just love Newt! Eddie Redmayne was FANTASTIC in this movie! I have seen him in some of his other movies, but I think this might be his best one yet. It also helps that he is a fellow Hufflepuff :).

Tina Goldstein was probably my least favorite character for about 95% of the movie and book. I didn’t like how she kept trying to turn Newt in so that she could get her job back. Unfortunately, we get to know her a little bit more and by the end I wasn’t annoyed with her anymore.

The Second Salemers were very dark and creepy, every single time with no fail. They are against any form of magic and try to tell the no-majs that witches are among them, and they are the reason for the weird happenings in New York.

This movie/book has such a wide diversity of characters, and I love it! With so many characters, it is almost a little difficult to know who you can trust to be on the side of good and who you can’t. There was a twist at the end that I did not see coming! I won’t share any details, but it was very good!!! =D JK Rowling did a fantastic job with this screenplay, and I can’t wait to see what the next 4 movies!

I would like to know where I can get my own Niffler, because I want one sooo badly!!! He was so stinkin’ cute in the movie and I loved that he was on the cover underneath the jacket. Although, he should come with a warning label “hide all sparkly and shiny things”.

What was your favorite beast in the movie? What did you think of the movie/book?

I am going to see it again tonight with my friends and I hope they enjoy it as much as I do! ::crosses fingers::

 

 

Posted in Fiction, Movies

Me Before You Book vs. Movie

Yesterday, I finally saw the Me Before You movie! I read the book a few weeks ago, so you can check out my review of it here.

I was fairly pleased that they kept most of the book in the movie. There was obviously some differences, but it wasn’t that big of a deal (at least to me). The main differences that I noticed were; one-Will’s sister was absent from the movie,  two- Will’s fathers affair was nonexistent, and a few others that I’ll mention below.

What did bother me was the fact that Patrick wasn’t as present in the movie as in the book. That could be because I really really like Matthew Lewis. Okay, you caught me, it’s because he was in Harry Potter <3. In the book, Patrick was not just a class A jerk but he really only noticed Lou when Will got between them. Sure, they dated for a long time, but it was as if he got comfortable in their relationship and just took it for granted. In the movie, Patrick was still a jerk, but it seemed as if he was more oblivious to what was going on and just wanted to run. I could go on, but since he was barely in the film there isn’t much else I can compare. Except, that I wish Neville (sorry I mean Patrick) had more screen time just so I could look at him!

Sam Claflin was an amazing Will! He did a fantastic job and I wouldn’t have wanted to see anyone else in that role.

Alright, now on to Lou. I expected some crazy outfits, but this was over the top.  I know she was going for artsy, but this was…I don’t even know how to describe it. It was the like costume department just bought every item that they liked in a thrift store, and threw it on her. Being out there is one thing, but at least match your colors or something. Also, I realized that the movie left out a big aspect of Lou’s past. I won’t ruin it for people who haven’t read the book, but a life event happened near the castle and Lou didn’t like going near it. In the movie, she had no problems and they never mentioned it. I thought that that particular scene in the book helped solidify Will and Lou’s relationship. He was able to understand her in a new light, and help her get over the past so that she could grow beyond it. But alas, that was not to be in the movie. I also liked the fact that everyone in the movie wasn’t as mean to Lou as they were in the books. In the books, I felt so bad for her I just wanted her to run away from her family and never look back.

Overall, I think I enjoyed the movie a little bit more than the book. The acting was great, and I love the cast.

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Which version did you like better, the movie or the book?

Posted in Funko Pop!, Movies

My New Obsession

Last month, I was at the mall with a friend and he took me into Hot Topic. Normally, I don’t shop at Hot Topic at least I haven’t since high school, so I was a little skeptical about going in. But then, I saw this wonderful wall of Funko Pop! I was like a kid in a candy shop! I have never seen these collectibles before and I had to have them all!!! I started off with just buying the Hermione in her Yule ball dress. As you can see they have multiplied very quickly in only a month. So my goal was to collect all of the Harry Potters and a few Disney Princesses. Boy, that didn’t last very long. Now, I have to get True Blood and a few Marvel characters!

I shared my new obsession with another friend of mine, and guess what she just had to tell me?! Funko Pop is releasing Sailor Moon collectibles sometime in April. O.M.G. my 90’s fangirling is about to come back! I was obsessed with this show and the movies back in the day. My friends and I used to fight over who would get to be Sailor Moon (we compromised and decided no one got to be her).

Aren’t they cute??

Sailor Moon Funko Pop Figures at New York Toy Fair 2016

For the life of me I could not find when they were officially going to be released! Most of the pre-orders that I have found are being shipped in May/June. I just happened to be in Game Stop last night, and the guy told me that I could start purchasing them on May 15th in store! So naturally, I already pre-ordered Sailor Moon and Luna! Can’t wait for them to become available!

Posted in Lists, Movies

2016 Movies that I am Looking Forward to

Merry Christmas!

Today, I have many reasons to be thankful, family and friends takes the top spots! Also, among my list are movies! I love being able to go to the movies and get wrapped up in that world for a few hours. One of the many reasons why I love reading as well. I guess you can say I am a big movie buff. This past week as my husband and I are off of school and work, we spent a little more than 24 hours and binge watched the Star Wars saga! I really enjoyed watching them all, my husband not so much. It was his first time and I made him sit through Every. Single. One.

So for Christmas, we met up with a friend and watched the new one, The Force Awakens. Don’t worry this post will not contain any spoilers or a whole lot about the movie in fact. As I was watching all of the previews, it dawned on me that 2016 is going to have a lot of awesome movies coming out! So I compiled a list of all of the movies I want to see in 2016! I am really going to need a good paying job to afford my reading and movie going habit! 😉

January:

5th– Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (this one is only going to be released for two days in a few theaters, I think it’ll be okay for me to celebrate my birthday a few days early!)

8th– The Revenant (because Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy, enough said. At least something good will come out on my birthday! Looking forward to that!)

22nd– The 5th Wave (I should really read the book first!)

29th– Fifty Shades of Black (why would you not want to see a parody of any sort?)

February:

5th– Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Choice (woo another Nicholas Sparks novel adaptation!)

12th– Deadpool (!!!!) and How to be Single (most likely will wait for Redbox on this one)

19th– Risen

26th– Gods of Egypt (Gerard Butler ;)) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

March:

4th– London Has Fallen (Gerard Butler, again.) and Zootopia (looks very cute)

18th– The Divergent Series: Allegiant (I am glad that this is not a 2 part movie, Hollywood seems to really love doing that lately to trilogy’s)

25th– Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

April:

1st-God’s Not Dead 2

15th-The Jungle Book

22nd– The Huntsman: Winter War (really excited about this one, maybe it’s the fact that Snow White is not in it, hmm…)

May:

6th– Captain America: Civil War

27th– X-men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass (looks like I will be going to the movies twice this day!)

June:

3rd– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

10th– Now You See Me 2

17th– Finding Dory (about time!)

24th– Independence Day Resurgence

July:

1st– The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG (loved that book when I was little)

8th– The Secret Life of Pets

15th– Ghostbusters

22nd– Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collison Course

29th– Bourne 5

August:

5th-Suicide Squad

12th– Pete’s Dragon

October:

7th– Gambit (one of my favorite X-men characters, behind Rogue of course) and The Girl on the Train

14th– Underworld 5

November:

4th– Doctor Strange

18th– Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (I will watch and read anything from the HP universe!)

23rd– Moana (a new Disney princess!)

December:

16th– Star Wars:Rogue One (I guess we get to continue the tradition and go see this Christmas day!)

21st– Assassin’s Creed

25th– Jumanji and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars

There are tons of other movies coming out, but some of them I haven’t heard of or watched a trailer. So I am sure that as I see them, I will add them if they aren’t here already.

What movie are you looking forward to the most next year? There are way too many for me to pick just one, which is why I made a list 😉