Fantastic Beasts: J.K. Rowling’s Creatures Enchant in Satisfying Harry Potter Spin-off [Review]

Fantastic Beasts: J.K. Rowling’s Creatures Enchant in Satisfying Harry Potter Spin-off [Review]

For nearly two decades, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world has been a force to be reckoned with, first in bookstores and then in movie theaters. Rowling herself is due all the credit for creating the magical universe inhabited by memorable characters centered on Harry Potter and his friends. Now, Rowling is back with her first screenplay, which expands a short story previously mentioned in the Potter series – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The short story itself may only be 126 pages, but the possibilities for expanding this briefly-mentioned story within the Rowling universe into a whole new franchise are endless–if done correctly. Despite a fairly straightforward plot, Rowling offers more than enough to invest in a new spin-off franchise, which features new charming characters, impressive, visually-rendered magical beasts, and a story that, while simplistic, offers up a likable, leading wizard in Newt Scamander, who warrants further character exploration. Read more

The Legend of Tarzan: A Surprisingly Rich & Deft Story of Tarzan’s Return to The Jungle [Review]

The Legend of Tarzan: A Surprisingly Rich & Deft Story of Tarzan’s Return to The Jungle [Review]

I think I’d been expecting this to be the retelling of the Tarzan story, following in the path of The Jungle Book and Maleficent to be a live-action version of the other Tarzan movies.   I was expecting it to be a Tarzan Reboot.   It was not.  The first time we see Tarzan in this The Legend of Tarzan, he’s dressed in a suit in his manor.  This is not the story of Tarzan growing up in the jungle, it’s the story of Tarzan returning to the jungle and what happens when he does.  That’s a much better story and Tarzan a much more complex character.  That was unexpected – I’d gone just to see Alexander Skarsgard’s abs and I’d gotten so much more.   Read more