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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Movie Review

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After the huge success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016, here comes the much-awaited second part of the Fantastic Beasts film series – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Many professional movie reviewers in India and abroad have literally thrashed this movie; with some even going to the extent of saying that this is the worst movie in the Wizarding World franchise. I suggest don’t bother to even think about them. Just watch the movie and decide yourself instead of being influenced by these ‘well-established’ movie reviewers.

While Fantastic Beasts one was based almost entirely in the US, the part two takes place in the European cities of London and Paris. The Crimes of Grindelwald has much resemblance to the Harry Potter series-be it the Harry Potter theme music or the mesmerizing featuring of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and not to forget our beloved Albus Dumbledore. The film evokes a feeling of nostalgia in you.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Storyline:

Set in the year, 1927, the film starts with Grindelwald detained by the Magical Congress of the United States of America, MACUSA). As expected, he tricks MACUSA officials and escapes with his associate to Paris. Meanwhile, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is back in England and has been banned from International travel the magic ministry.

However, his brother (an auror) offers him to come onboard as an auror to hunt down Credence in exchange of lifting travel ban to which Newt gladly reject. All of a sudden, Jacob Kowalski and Queenie Goldstein makes an appearance in Newt’s home. Newt asks about Tina and gets to know that she is searching for Credence in Paris on orders of MACUSA.

The Wizarding world is left divided and in grave trouble with the news of Grindelwald trying to get Credence on his side to take control of the whole world including the muggles/ no-majs. In comes, Albus Dumbledore (played by the effervescent, Jude Law). Dumbledore tasks Newt with finding Credence before Grindelwald could lay his hands on him. At this moment, we wonder why can’t Dumbledore himself tries to stop Grindelwald? The answer lies in the climax-Dumbledore and Grindelwald were sworn brothers and took a blood pact not to fight each other.

Somehow, with the help of Dumbledore’s influence, Newt along with Jacob leaves England and reaches Paris. In Paris, he meets Tina tries to stop Grindelwald from reaching Credence. However, there are people in the magic ministry who secretly help Grindelwald in his quest to unite the pure-bloods for his evil end.

To see how Newt and his “Fantastic Beasts” tackle the threat of Grindelwald and once again save the Wizarding world from the dark forces, you must watch Fantastic Beasts 2 in theatres now.

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Fantastic-Beasts-2-Movie-2018

Characters to Watch in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:

The most exciting thing about Fantastic Beasts two is, it introduces us to a number of new characters that are connected to the Harry Potter series-in a way that we hardly thought about. I appreciate the way this film has references to the Harry Potter series in an intricate yet spellbinding manner. My top three new characters of this movie are:

  1. Nagini (played by Claudia Kim): Nagini is a being who carries a blood curse that means she will sooner or later transform into a snake permanently. Does it ring any bells? Yes, Nagini is Lord Voldemort’s horcrux killed by Neville Longbottom with Godric Gryffindor’s Sword in the last movie of the Harry Potter series. Claudia as Nagini has performed extremely well although she had little to speak in this part. However, it is expected that in the next part, she will have a telling role.
  2. Albus Dumbledore (the younger version that we don’t know): Well, there was hardly any doubt in the fact that Albus was the most clever, wise and powerful wizard of all time. However, The Crimes of Grindelwald, added one more dimension to his personality-he was also the most secretive of all in the Wizarding world with a questioning past. To me Jude Law is a perfect choice for this character because of his sheer quality and class.
  3. Leta Lestrange (played by Zoë Kravitz): Lita is one of the ancestors of Bellatrix Lestrange (who killed Sirius Black). She is a wise, young, and beautiful woman, who is engaged to Newt’s brother, Theseus. Since childhood, Lita was a misfit among peers. She is different from others like Newt, who was with her at the Hogwarts. Most probably she was Newt’s first love.

My Verdict & Rating of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I gave 10/10 to Fantastic Beasts 1 and I am giving 9/10 to The Crimes of Grindelwald. Fantastic Beasts 2 is a movie that takes you to a well, but don’t let you drink from it and yet it quenches your thirst. After watching Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, you will feel more excited to know about the third installment of Fantastic Beasts series.

Fantastic Beasts 2 has a great plot and an equally exciting climax that reinforces the fact-no matter how much hatred progress; it has no power to stand against love, friendship and family.

In my view, if you are a fantasy movie lover, then Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a must watch for you.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

Also read: Why to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

12 Angry Men: 12 Thinking Heads That Are Often Found in Meetings

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12 Angry Men is a Hollywood movie released in 1957. Before I offer you to read what you landed here for, let me run you through the fundamental details of the movie. It is an American black and white courtroom drama film. The movie shows a jury of twelve men who are entitled to assist the court in giving the final verdict of a murder case.

In the case, an 18-year old boy is allegedly accused of killing his father. Though an attorney with the help of evidences confirms the son the culprit, the justice calls for a jury to have further discussion over the case.  None of the jurors has any association either with the court or the subjects of the case. On top of it, the intriguing fact is that, all of them are strangers to each other.

In a closed room, they begin to discuss about the case to figure out whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty.  

Let’s enter the jury room and know how the jurors while discussing about the case resemble with the thinking heads that we often come across in our official and unofficial meetings.

1.The one who leads the meeting

This thinking head is the most courageous one, who either declares himself a leader or accepts the position. He, in every condition makes sure the discussion remains on the track and serves the purpose. He is calm, patient and unbiased to everyone.

2. The one who is not a leader, but wants others to listen to him

He is the attention seeker who drills his opinions in others’ heads. He is not a leader, but wants to be the self-proclaimed one. Moreover, he has features opposite to that of the leader’s – he is aggressive, impatient, and has no empty room in his head to accommodate and process others’ ideas.

3. The one who questions the leader’s job

He is not concerned about the real agenda of the meeting, but the leadership skills of the leader. He often disapproves the leader’s choice, without giving any justifiable alternatives. He is disinterested in the leader’s position, but on the contrary, he unnecessarily whines in following him.

4. The one who is a wordsmith, calm and polite and handles arguments wisely

This one is everybody’s friend. He, in the argumentative situations, when the leader fails do his job, handles the rein with his wisdom and polite behavior.

5. The one who drags people’s attention toward his personal interests

You can count his presence, but will seldom have a chance of counting his opinions or thoughts. He doesn’t participate in the discussions, whereas creates annoyance and hampers the discussion by diverting people’s attention toward other irrelevant matters of his interest.

6. The one who makes fun of everything

He is the another annoying element who you hope should leave the meeting room. He cracks jokes that nobody finds funny.

7. The one who is too lazy to think- his only motive is to show his presence in the discussion

He is the least bothered person in the group. He follows the decision that is approved by the majority. When  you probe him for his opinions, he often opts to remain quiet or pass it simply by saying, “I don’t know”. Thinking is not his cup of tea.

8. The one who asks smart questions

This is one of the significant personnel in the room. His tendency to dig out the details by asking questions truly help in rolling out the final decision. This curious head compels the rest others to think and keep them on the right track.

9. The one who thinks out of the box

The one whose opinions in the beginning are often rejected as others do not envision points that he puts forth. He starts by creating reasonable doubts in others’ heads. He performs demonstrations and experiments and eventually, ends up receiving votes supporting his thoughts or ideas from all those who initially disapproved him.

10. The one who is confused and gets convinced easily

He is similar to the lazy thinking head, the only difference is – he puts efforts in thinking but can not make judgments and so he tends to change his party.

11. There is the one who is adamant to his opinions

This one doesn’t find any reason to follow others. In his head, he is the Mr. right who the rest others ought to follow. His impudent behavior makes people neglect him; his only  supporter sits second in this list.

12. The one who observes and analyses the situation and makes his point

He doesn’t participates in conversation often but, speaks when he thinks he needs to. He shares unique ideas and receives appreciation for his trait. In any meeting, when he doesn’t speak out, you might’ve noticed the leader probing him to share his suggestion before he concludes the meeting.

This is our list of 12 thinking heads that we think resemble with those 12 Angry Men in the movie. If you have watched the movie or making you mind to watch it, do share what you think about them in the comment section below.

Written By: Pooja Mishra

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Skyscraper Movie Review

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Skyscraper Movie Review

Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock: Talking about him one thing comes to mind, “Is There Anything That The Rock Can’t Do”?. The answer is plain NO! With Dwayne Johnson on the screen everything seems possible. In Rampage earlier this year, Rock saved the Chicago city from giant size mutant wolf and crocodile, and in Skyscraper movie he saves his family from the world’s tallest building-set on fire by some terrorists/underworld mafia-with an amputated leg using ‘duct tapes, rope and a few building tools’.

Many people are of the view that Skyscraper movie is highly inspired by 1974’s Towering Inferno and 1988’s Die Hard. I haven’t seen any of them, so it is difficult for me to give any comment in this regard. Without further delay, I would focus on Skyscraper movie review.

Skyscraper Story-line

Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) mets an accident on duty and loses his one leg. He lefts FBI and starts working as a security consultant for skyscrapers. Will gets an opportunity of a lifetime when he is approached by Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han) to assess his upcoming building The Pearl’s (the world’s tallest skyscraper with 240 floors) security. Will decides to take up this task ignorant of the dangers coming his way.

Soon after assuming his responsibilities for the new project, Will gets to know that there are people who want to destroy The Pearl. These miscreants set The Pearl on fire by hacking its security systems. As the skyscraper starts burning from 96th floor, Will attempts the greatest human rescue mission in the history; and that too alone! to save his 2 kids and wife. Don’t worry, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you by writing details of this rescue mission as it is something worth enjoying on your screens. However, it would be a shame, if I don’t tell you guys that the scene showing Dwayne Johnson climbing a crane and jumping from it to break into The Pearl is the most entertaining moment of Skyscraper movie.

Acting

When you have Dwayne in the movie, one thing is sure: mind blowing action! Although we have seen The Rock fighting and conquering his enemies many times before too. However, this is the first occasion that we saw him nailing it in the role of an amputee. Once again Dwayne has done full justice to his role in a movie. In fact, it won’t be wrong, if we say that it was Dwayne’s brilliance that saved this “Skyscraper” from falling down on ground despite its plain, predictive, and thin story-line.

The rest of the cast too has performed well; the acting of Chin Han is worth mentioning. He is looking great in his role and provides a perfect support to Skyscraper’s script. After a long time, we also saw Wild Things star, Neve Campbell on the big screen (playing the role of Dwayne’s wife).

My Verdict of Skyscraper Movie

I am giving this film, 8 out of 10, mainly for its background score, Rock’s acting, and “The Pearl”. I think Skyscraper is a good one-time watch stuff. The special effects and cinematography are really worth watching. Overall, Skyscraper is way away from a true-to-life movie. A must watch, for all die hard fans of Dwayne Johnson!

Image credit: Skyscraper official site.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

5 Similarities Between Mission Impossible 1 & Mission Impossible 6

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5 Similarities Between Mission Impossible 1 & Mission Impossible 6

The sixth installment of Tom Cruise’s famed Mission Impossible movie series released last week in India. For many of us, like me, it was the first time that we watched any of the movies of this 22-year running series. When Mission Impossible 1 was released way back in 1996, I was only 7 at that time!

So once I came out of theater after watching Mission Impossible – Fallout, the next thing that was on my mind is to go back in time and watch the first five movies of this franchise. Then finally, last night I watched Mission Impossible 1 and liked it. Although it is too difficult to compare both the movies as they are released over a gap of 22 years, and a lot has changed in these years–especially in terms of state of the art technology that is being used in the Hollywood nowadays. Something that wasn’t there in late 1990s.

However, I noticed that both Mission Impossible 1 and Mission Impossible 6 movies have a lot of similarities–irrespective of the huge time gap between them. So, without further delay, here I am listing down 5 similarities between Mission Impossible 1 and Mission Impossible 6:

1. The Self-Destructive Tape: Yes, you heard it right! The self-destructive tape was first featured in 1996. The similarity is that in both the movies it was shown in the first 10 mins of the movie. However, the difference is unlike Mission Impossible – Fallout, the tape was received by Jon Voight not Tom Cruise.

2. Ethan Getting Framed: Very much like Fallout, in part 1 too Ethan Hunt is framed by his own people as a ‘Mole’ in the CIA.

3. Failing in the Beginning Only to Succeed in the End: The theme in both the movies is same. Ethan and his team fail to complete their assigned task in the start of the movie only to eventually succeed in the end. Quite cinematic! Right?

4. The Helicopter Scene: Yes! A helicopter scene was their in the climax of 1996 Mission Impossible 1 too. The difference though is that in the first part, Ethan was countering a helicopter by climbing on the French high-speed TGV train en route to Paris from London! And, finally he succeeds in destroying the helicopter along with the villain.

5. The “Impossible” of Mission: Impossible: Be it finding a detonator to stop nuclear blast in less than 15 minutes! or finding the Mole by climbing on a TGV! both these tasks are impossible for a normal agent. But then this is what our IMF agent, Ethan Hunt is doing for the last two decades, completing Mission: Impossible!

 

No wonder what my next mission is; well it is to watch the next 4 flicks of this 20th Highest Grossing movie series.

 

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Written by: Absar Ahmad