The Crimes of Grindelwald Movie Review

The Crimes of Grindelwald Movie Review


I’d give Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 3 wands out of 5

(It should probably be 2.5 wands, but out of respect for Ollivander and not wanting to break a wand in half…)

My son and I went to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald this weekend, and for the second time seeing a movie in The Fantastic Beasts series, I walked away feeling bewildered, and disappointed. Not just at the confusing plot lines, mind you, but at how a movie with such a great cast, and such a wonderfully rich world like Harry Potter’s can continue to execute on movies in this way.

Alas, I’m probably sounding too critical.

The cast was very good. Johnny Depp was fantastic, but not to overshadow the great performances by everyone else, really. The acting was great across the board, in my opinion, no issues there.

The material has a ton of potential. It’s the Harry Potter universe, after all. The back story on the world, and some of these characters has left fans wanting more for years. Grindelwald… the American version of Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic over here… young Dumbledore…Lot’s to work with. Perhaps that was the issue.

The problem was the movie was just okay, and for me, that was largely due to the plot. You have a story of Grindelwald, his escape, and his attempt to win over the magical world with his seductive charm. That seemed to be the main theme they tried to convey. That’s all well and good, I suppose, but the other plot lines were more interesting to me. They should have been explored more thoroughly, and explained better. I won’t go into them because they lead to spoilers, and this is a spoiler free review. Instead, we get a fake love triangle, a hint at Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s past relationship, and other, either meaningless, or under developed storylines that just muddy the plot that’s brought to the forefront.

All in all, I feel like the movie tried to do too much with the wrong stories, and didn’t dive deeply enough into the ones I wanted to know more about.  This resulted in my disappointment on two fronts. First, the plot feeling all over the place, and slightly confusing, and second, the plot being relative to something I didn’t care much about. Furthermore, all the twists in the movie were apparent to me, except the last one, which is a big one, and that one even fell flat because of how it was delivered. 

I’m sure I’ll buy the movie when it comes out because it’s a Harry Potter movie, and because I want to give it another chance. Of course, that’s what I said about the last one…sigh.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review

Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Directed by Ron Howard

I’d give Solo 3.5 parsecs out of 5 in this Kessel Run

Summary Summary

Perhaps I had high expectations of this movie. After all, I had really enjoyed the most recent run of Star Wars films: Rouge One, The Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi, even though that last one got seriously mixed reactions from fans (I still really enjoyed it – minus the Leia force moment).

So, I was excited to see Solo. As characters go, Han Solo has always been a fan. I was anxious to get more of his backstory, just like everyone else. At its core, Solo is a young love story, but it quickly turns into a story about friendship and the consequences of your decisions.

The movie starts off introducing us to a world where children are captured and used to plunder and steal for a local gang, of sorts. As long as the children do what they’re told, they have food and shelter, and they have somewhere they belong.

As one of these youth, Han is trying to find a way out. He wants to get away, and become a pilot. If he can steal for the gang, and skim enough off the top, he can save up to buy a ship, and get him and his girlfriend out of their situation, and off the planet for a fresh start at a new life.

Without spoiling the show–things go right until they go wrong. Han and his girlfriend get separated, and the rest of the movie is about him trying to find her again. They run into each other again, but under very different circumstances. They still love each other like they did in the past, but they have both changed, and done things that complicate the prospects in the present.

Overall, Solo is a good movie, and safe to take your kids to. You’ll enjoy it, I think, but it’s not the best of the most recent Star Wars movies.

Star Wars The Force Awakens and Battlefront Trailers

Star Wars The Force Awakens and Battlefront Trailers

star wars the force awakened lead actors

The Force Awakens Trailer # 2 and #1

Great news, Star Wars fans. 2015 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for the Star Wars franchise. It didn’t take too long after Disney acquired the Star Wars platform from Lucas Arts for it to start production on several projects. Not the least of which is the new movie due out at the end of 2015 – The Force Awakens. Trailer 2 just came out, and you can watch it below, along with the first one that was released about four months ago. The Force Awakens, trailer # 2 gives us some interesting answers to questions that trailer #1 caused.

The Force Awakens Trailer 2

  Apparently this movie is going to follow Anakin and Padme’s children! The force will awaken in them. I’m going to guess that we’ll see both the son and the daughter grow strong in the force. How about that Darth Vader helmet? It kind of looked like a wilted, black pumpkin 🙂 The star destroyer crashed on the planet reminded me a lot of the epic scene in The Force Unleashed when Starkiller used the force to crash the ship in similar fashion. If you haven’t already caught the first trailer for The Force Awakens, you can watch it below.

The Force Awakens Trailer 1


  Besides the movies, 2015 promises us a new Star Wars Battlefront game as well!

Star Wars Battlefront Trailer

Update – EA just released a new trailer for Battlefront, and boy is it gorgeous. I can’t believe this is all rendered off the in-game engine. I can’t wait to get this in November!  


Here is the E3 trailer of Star Wars Battlefront.


Another Star Wars Battlefront Trailer (with early leaked footage?)

What do you think? What are your theories on The Forced Awakened? Leave me a comment below!

Star Wars Battlefront: Multiplayer Gameplay | E3 2015 “Walker Assault” on Hoth

This just came out at E3 2015. Check out the fantastic gameplay during this five-minute trailer called, “Walker Assault” on Hoth. There’s a lot of Star Wars goodness at E3 this year.


STAR WARS: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire – “Sacrifice” Trailer

“A man can have anything, if he is willing to sacrifice everything.” Wow, just wow. Check out this Star Wars trailer from E3 2015.  Knights of the Fallen Empire seems to be an expansion to The Old Republic. Whether you play the game or not, this is a fantastic trailer. They convey so much in a mere few minutes.  


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