Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald Review (non-spoiler)

My Harry Potter History:

I grew up with Harry Potter. I was a fan of the movies and books growing up. I fell in love with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and their adventures. I loved the magic and fantasy and everything about the world that J.K Rowling created. I loved visiting Platform 9 and 3/4 in London and buying a Gryffindor scarf.

Fantastic Beasts:

I was excited when I heard about the Fantastic Beasts prequel to Harry Potter. I wondered how it would connect to Harry Potter. I am not a Potterhead- I am not obsessed with Harry Potter, but still a big fan of the series. When I heard Eddie Redmayne was playing Newt, I was really excited about that- after all he was my first Marius so Newt would be my second role with him. After seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I fell in love with Newt right away. I fell in love with all of the different beasts. It was fun seeing all of the different references to Harry Potter- only a Harry Potter fan would spot them. I was definitely going to continue watching the series. I just had to wait till the 2nd movie came out.

Leading up to Crimes of Grindelwald:

Leading to this film, I ended up watching all the Harry Potter films. The day before, I watched the first Fantastic Beasts movie. I only saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them once- so parts of it I did not remember. I do remember the basic plot- that some of Newt’s creatures got loose and that he had to recapture them. I wanted to rewatch it so that way Crimes of Grindelwald would make sense- understand what I mean?

Review of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

“In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world”

There was a mixed opinion from the public about this movie. I wondered what would happen to Newt, Queenie, Tina, and Jacob especially Newt. I was NOT at all interested in Grindelwald- I have a strong distaste for him. I was excited about coming across characters that were not in the first movie. I was excited about seeing other Harry Potter references- I heard this movie would make the connect between Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter make a lot more sense.

I loved this movie. Eddie Redmayne continues to be amazing as Newt. Turns out his Niffler has babies. There are new beasts now- loved seeing the new beasts. This film begins about 3 months after the last movie ends. There is much more I discovered about Newt. Turns out he has an older brother. He is enlisted by Dumboldore to find Grindelwald (Johnny Deep) and fight him. Newt’s journey begins in London and ends in Paris, where most of the film takes place. People feel like Newt hasn’t gotten much to do in this film, but I disagree. Don’t forget, this series is a Fantastic Beasts film- so the Beasts are important. The Beasts are helpful in certain scenes (not going to say when due to spoilers)

Turns out Jacob did not forget what happened in New York. He still remembers Newt and the Beasts. Queenie (I think) filled him in on everything else. Nice to see him back- that he did not forget.

This film is mostly about Grindelwald and his raise to power. He has gotten more evil in this film. I feel like he is manipulative and spreading lies to the magical community. While Newt is the protagonist of the series, this movie focuses a lot more Grindelwald- look at the title. Newt is still important in this movie.

There are a lot of plots twists and turns in this movie. If you loved the first film, I recommend watching this one. It connects a lot more to Harry Potter than the first one. I love the special effects found in the magic and the Beasts- of course.


What is my favorite Christmas Movie?

I am a millennial. Millennials favorite Christmas movies tend to be movies like Elf, Home Alone, or Polar Express. However, my favorite Christmas movie is not any of those. It happens to be A Christmas Carol (George C Scott Version). It has been tradition to watch A Christmas Carol every Christmas Season for as long as I can remember. 

What makes A Christmas Carol my favorite Christmas Movie? It is hard to explain exactly. People do know that I love the classics in terms of books, and A Christmas Carol is one of those classics. It was written by Charles Dickens. It is home to memorable characters and a plot to fall in love with. I love how the spirits teach Scrooge that he needs to change- they show him just how greedy and cold-hearted he has become, and he learns through the true meaning of Christmas. Every spirit is different giving you a different feeling- the Ghost of Christmas Future creeps me out. At the end, Scrooge redeems himself and helps the Cratchit family. 

In terms of characters: I love how Scrooge changes through the story. Who can not fall in love with the Cratchit family especially Tiny Tim, who has so much spirit and hope. There are other characters to fall in love with. 

This movie just shows you the true meaning and value of Christmas. It shows the spirit of Christmas perfectly. There is something about it that makes it my favorite Christmas movie. It has an amazing plot- a good movie has an amazing plot with memorable characters. I love the foreshadowing put into this movie. 

“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” Review

Here’s the thing about sequels of musicals: a lot of times they don’t do too well or are even that good. But this sequel is an exception. I recently watched it with my family. It does focus on two storylines: it does show what happened when Donna first met Sophie’s three possible fathers and does focus on another storyline, which is basically a continuation of Sophie’s story.

Possible Spoilers:

This musical is still just as fun and happy as the original, but is tinged with a bit of sadness. That is only because in Sophie’s storyline, her mother has died. Sophie decided to reopen the hotel in her mother’s honor. A lot of people dislike the sequel just because Donna died in that storyline, but I think it makes a really good story. I love how the entire sequel uses some of the same songs from original and uses some new ABBA songs as well. I love seeing how Donna met all three dads. Several scenes made me laugh. It is interesting how certain scenes connected to each other. I have nothing wrong with the double storylines.

Young Donna was played wonderfully by Lily James, who played who as a very fun and obnoxious. She just wanted to travel, who just had a feeling she wanted to be in Greece. While getting there, she first found Harry and then Bill. It was on the island where she first encountered Sam. Amanda Seyfried was just as incredible as Sophie as she was in the original. Even though her mom died; at least Meryl Strep got in sing in the final scene in the movie so she did get a very final part as in showing she was always watching over Sophie.

So this sequel is one that is worth watching if you loved the original. It gives you a lot of laughs. It does remind me of the original in a lot of ways, and that is part of why it works.

I Can Only Imagine Review

Yesterday was my last time going to the Big E. This time the movie I picked was I Can Only Imagine. This movie is about how the song, I Can Only Imagine was written.  I choose this movie because I love the song and I love God so it was a good choice. Plus, it was the only movie that I wanted to see from the options that were available.

This is a good movie to watch if you love the song and if you love God. The main character’s name is Bart Milliard. He had a complicated childhood and his father was emotionally and physically abusive. He eventually left his father and went on a journey, which eventually led him to write I Can Only Imagine. This movie is about faith, forgiveness, and redemption. His father was eventually changed from a monster to a more loving father after Christ entered his life. Bart eventually wrote I Can Only Imagine in honor of his father.


Review of Coco

Yesterday, I finally got to watch the movie, Coco. I wanted to see Coco because it based around the Hispanic holiday, Day of the Dead. A big reason why I love Spanish is because I love the culture. So after hearing about Coco being based around Day of the Dead, I knew I had to see it.

Coco is about the adventure of Miguel, who wants to play music, but it is forbidden in his family. They only are allowed to make shoes and not play music. He eventually gets sent to the Land of the Dead and he goes on an adventures and meets a colorful batch of characters. So in the Land of the Living, you see what families do during Day of the Dead. They put ancestor’s pictures up and cook the food their ancestors like as well and puts down a trail of petals.

It is a really good and cute movie. Miguel is such a wonderful main character. He can be stubborn at times, which is only because of the forbidden rule of music in his house. Throughout the movie, you learn about what it means to be family. He spends a lot of time with Hector, one of the characters he meets in the Land of the Dead. The movie has a couple of plot twist. I love the different spirit animals.  The overall message is about what it means to be part of the family. There was one scene where I did tear up a bit.


The Unofficial Movie/TV Show Tag: my first tag so bear with me

I honestly had no idea what to blog about today. I am someone who usually doesn’t do tags or the awards but decided to today since I have no idea what to blog about.  I remembered that I was tagged by MyMusicalAndWritingLife to do The Unofficial and Movie/TV Show Tag. I have no idea why I am doing this for today’s post but than again could not think of anything to write about. This tag is where I am supposed to bring up movies that have impacted me and has impacted my writing. Well I will focusing more on those that impacted my life.

Harry Potter Series- well I grew up on this series so this plays an important role in my childhood. I think this series is part of why I love fantasy.  I remember watching my first Harry Potter movie, but was scared to watch it so I tied a blanket around my neck and instead of Meg watching it, Super Meg watched it instead. I loved this world of witches and wizards and especially loved the trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione.


Narnia Series- just like Harry Potter, I grew up with them. I loved the grand scope of Narnia and loved the different Christian elements found in the films but at first didn’t realize they were in there. So this was another aspect to my love for fantasy.


Annie (1982)- this was an important part of my childhood. Part of my introduction to musicals began with this film.


Disney Films- well Disney films are part of my childhood. I watched them growing up. They played an important role in my life and still do. I did watch Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Lion King when I was younger, but don’t remember watching them but did remember the songs “A Whole New World”, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Beauty and the Beast”.  Disney plays a huge role in my life and is part of the reason why I love musicals today and I still continue to love new films Disney comes out with.

Les Misérables (2012)- yes this film had to be in there. Without the film, I would never have fallen in love with the musical. I first saw it December 2012 and I remember watching it and being shocked and confused that I was watching a tragedy. I just never thought a musical could be tragic. So when I saw it around March 2013, I was able to calm down. Eventually I became obsessed with Les Mis and soon enough I was passionate about musicals. To this point, read the book, seen the filmed version of the 25th anniversary concert and saw the stage show five times plus have quite an impressive collection.

These were all films that impacted my life. I don’t think these movies impacted my writing. I have always been a storyteller and always told stories and I don’t think that part of me was impacted by movie but instead by my own imagination.

Since I have no idea who to tag, everyone is open to do this.

A Wrinkle in Time Review

Major Spoilers:

Just two days ago, I saw the movie “A Wrinkle in Time”. I remember reading the book in elementary school, but don’t remember what the story was about. The story is about Meg Murray’s quest to find her missing father. She goes on the quest with her younger brother, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, one of her classmates. They travel in time through a tesseract. Three warriors named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Witch help them at first, but eventually send them to the quest alone. Meg learns that her father has been trapped on a evil planet called Camazotz. These three warriors give Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin gifts to help them on their quest.


I really enjoyed this movie. The costumes were wonderful and the story was wonderful. The main character, Meg Murray, is a troubled high-school girl, who gets stronger as the story continues. Charles Wallace, her little brother, is intelligent. Calvin is one of her classmates. These three make up a wonderful team.

The planets are well created and quite beautiful. I loved seeing the way they made you Tesseract. Meg does fail most of the times because she lands on her back not standing up. But Meg will never give up.

The team has to meet several creative people along the way. One of them helps Meg realize where her father is and she will not give up on finding him. He has been captured by Camazotz and the IT tries to take control of them. When the three reach the planet, the warriors can no longer help them. Meg is told that eventually her faults will help her. For me, it was interesting seeing the obstacles they have to overcome. They are told not to trust anyone because if they do, the IT can take control of them and are told to stick together. At one point Calvin and Meg have to get away from a dark cloud and it is a hard obstacle and have to make it over the wall. Than they have to overcome. The next obstacle, they come across several houses and are tempted to have dinner and Calvin tries to trust them, but Meg stops him. However in the last obstacle at a beach full of people, Charles Wallace makes a huge mistake and eventually is taken over by the IT. So the obstacles are interesting to discover as the story continues.

The three actors who play Calvin, Meg, and Charles Wallace were well cast. They act as a team and even at the point when Charles Wallace is taken over by the IT, Calvin and Meg don’t let it take over them even if Charles Wallace is tempting them. Since the darkness hit him, Meg finds a way to allow the darkness to turn back to the light by saying her faults and reminding her brother that she loves him.

This story reminds me of the dark and light on earth. In this story, there is this thing called the IT, which strikes certain people and that makes people darker and those people lose their light. But it teaches us to hold on to hope and our light so darkness does not fully hit us.

So if you like a story full of adventure, plot twists and action, than come see the movie. Or if you like movies with a wonderful message, come see the movie.

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