Category: Thriller

Escape to a Magical World with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Wizardry and Witchcraft magically transport movie fans back to Hogwarts School, the place everyone knows has where Harry, Ron and Hermione were taught, just by viewing the exterior of the school during the trailers made fans ecstatic. The audience already knows Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne, as the magizoologist was introduced in the first film as he travelled to America from England in 1926 to meet up with magical types and Muggles. It’s near the end that the dark wizard emerges as Gellert Grindelwald is taken into custody.

Harry Potter fans get yet another opportunity to dive back into the world of magic, and this time it’s the sequel to the 2016 box office hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Moviegoers get to see Dumbledore at a much younger age in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a film which trailer was revealed during the 2018 Comin-Con. J.K. Rowling revealed that there would be five Fantastic Beasts films in which the second introduces Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard.

Albus Dumbledore’s Earlier Life

Albus Dumbledore is introduced at a much earlier stage of his life as he enlists Scamander to stop Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards in order to rule over the worlds non-magical beings. Jude Law is cast in the role of Dumbledore, while the film is set in 1927 and takes fans on a magical trip to Paris and England. While the original film made well over $234 million in 2016, its sequel is set to beat all records when it is released in November 2018.

J.K. Rowling revealed as far back as 2007 that she meant for Dumbledore to be gay, in a relationship with Grindelwald, yet in the sequel, the intense relationship more focusses on the young men falling in love with each other’s ideology and ideas. Dumbledore is far from what fans might expect, he is young and inspiring Hogwarts teacher, he is a rebel and a maverick and very witty, far from the elderly statesman he is in Harry Potter films.

Many scenes in the trailer got fans euphoric, yet one really stood out, and that is when the Ministry of Magic officials can be seen apparating, its most unusual as in the novels Granger keeps reminding others that disapparating and apparating is never allowed on the grounds of Hogwarts. Could the sequel reveal why such a rule was enforced in the first place or is there another reason for the appearances out of nowhere? Find out how the fat of one will or can change the future of all when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is released in Australia on the 15th of November and in the UK and US on the 16th of November 2018.

Sara’s Notebook

Sara’s Notebook

This non-fiction movie would make you feel as though your heart is in your hands. It delves into the dark side of human nature, deep into the Congo of Africa. It shows you how much journalists risk their lives for a story and how much danger someone is willing to put themselves in while searching for their loved one. Sara was a medical doctor who would practice her skills in Africa regularly. She had a father who suffered from Alzheimer’s and a sister Laura, who was a lawyer in Madrid. Sara disappeared for 2 years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) when she turned up in a photo taken by a journalist, setting the scene for this political thriller.

Laura, determined to find her sister, travels to Uganda and was given Sara’s Notebook by a foreign aid worker who worked with Sara. Laura met up with another aid worker who agreed to retrieve Sara from the DRC in exchange for money, which resulted in Laura selling off her wealth. She agreed but insisted that she must be part of the search crew. The aid worker, Sergio, suspiciously agreed to the condition but later called Sara with an excuse that there was an issue with the transportation and she can follow later with his crew. Laura, using her smart wit, discovered that Sergio was being dishonest, took back her money and enrolled the help of a friend of Sara’s called Sven.

Upon reaching the DRC via a light aircraft, the airplane flagger or air traffic controller for a more appropriate term, risked his life to alert the pilots that there was danger on the ground. On pulling the aircraft upward, the rebel group on the ground began shooting, striking Sven in the foot. Back in Uganda, Sven and Laura sought the help of Jamir, a native of the Congo and a former child soldier. Unwilling to come to their aid at first, Jamir refused at first, but admired Laura’s courage and joined her on her journey.

It must be noted here that Laura spoke Spanish in a country where it was not a first language of anyone, except maybe a United Nations (UN) employee. Jamir claimed to have learned Spanish from Sara and this is what he and Laura used to communicate. They successfully entered the Congo via boat and after Laura used money to bribe the Immigration officers to let Jamir through. A series of violent occurrences ensued, showcasing how rebels would descend on the community, rape its women, murder the adults and kidnap the children, even forcing the children to shoot and kill their own parents. The heart wrenching ordeals continued, all the way until Sara could have safely left the Congo with her sister.

Sara, believing that she could do more to change the situation in the Congo, choose to stay where she eventually died and was buried. While the movie may have been an over dramatization of the real events, it touches on actual barbaric acts and conflict that still exists in Africa.