On Nov. 16, the magic from the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” series was reintroduced to all the wizards and witches across America.
Though the Harry Potter series had unprecedented success, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” was just as magical. As a prequel to “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”, this movie expands on the plotline of Newt Scamander’s adventures in the American Wizarding World. Joined by his fellow wizarding allies, Newt is sent by Dumbledore to embark on a mission to prevent Grindelwald from gaining power to corrupt and destroy society.
Being a major Harry Potter nerd, I already had the mindset of thoroughly enjoying this movie prior to its release. This movie served as a segway to the Harry Potter series by referencing main characters such as Dumbledore and also tying the background of some Hogwarts families into its plot. For example, the complicated relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald was examined in greater depth in this movie.
Overall, “The Crimes of Grindelwald” was full of twists and turns, which kept me on the edge of my seat. The Harry Potter story just got deeper, darker and much more complex.
Story by Shreya Saxena
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was released in theaters on Nov. 2, and immediately became a hit.
The film tells the story of the rock group Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury as he becomes one of the most influential and idolized singers the world has ever seen. Personally, I really enjoyed this film and felt it gave a great overview of Freddie’s life and influence. The film hit all of my emotions. Not knowing the full story myself, I was at the edge of my seat.
I would have hoped to see more of Freddie’s relationship with Jim Hutton, who played a big role in the singer’s personal life. Except for a few tweaks, the movie represented the lead singer’s life quite accurately. What really brought the story to life was Rami Malek, who did an amazing job portraying the style and spirit of Freddie.
I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who is into Queen’s music. Knowing the backstory of the group makes the music a lot more powerful. Even as a teenager, you can find me listening to music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. For me, it was exciting to see the story of such an influential group that I did not know too much about. Since walking into that theater, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been at the top of my playlist.
Story by Sonali Notani