Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Step back into the magic

Alright so now that you’ve had a few days to get out and see the long-anticipated addition to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I think it’s safe for me to say my piece. And if you haven’t seen it yet, get yourself out to a cinema and watch it. Please. I’ve already had time to see it twice, what have you been doing?

Rowling’s wondrous world transports us back to New York in the 1920s, where one Newt Scamander arrives, armed with his precious case. A case filled with magical creatures. But how can you keep all those creatures in a case, I hear you ask? The answer is, you can’t, even with a little bit of magic, as Newt finds out when they begin to escape. Chaos ensues as Newt and co. try to round up all of his creatures before something happens to them, or anyone else.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

Yeah, we know all that from the trailer, can we talk about the film now? Well, it would be my pleasure…

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The Danish Girl – Power in simplicity

Beautiful. Spine tingling. Insightful. Uplifting. Heartbreaking. Just some of the words I would use to describe The Danish Girl. Now, I don’t normally preach about what films people “have to watch” because, what gives me the authority to assume that my opinion is higher than yours? Frankly, it’s not. But having said that, I really do think this an important film that everyone should, at very least, consider watching. It’s one of those films where it just shows how powerful cinema can be, and how it can reach so many people. Especially with a film as slick as this one. Everything it did, it did to a colossal standard.

**SPOILER FREE POST**

The casting, first and foremost, was simply magical. Eddie Redmayne gave a spellbinding performance, as Einar slowly succumbed to Lili, treating the story with care and great emotion. Though for many, the issues presented in The Danish Girl are not ones that are easily relatable, Redmayne made that easier by giving Lili a voice, a face, a humanity.

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