David Yates delivers another fun romp in this expanded spinoff of the Harry Potter series. This time though, the adventure takes place in the Wizarding World of New York of the 1920s. Newt Scaramander (played by Eddie Redmayne) scrambles around the city to find fantastic beasts that have escaped from his care and stop an evil power from starting a wizard/muggle civil war.
Fantastic Beasts is a charming follow up to the Harry Potter series. It's a visually treat with its special effects, costumes and production design. Also, the characters are charming. The story is lightweight, but a good introduction to a fantastic world.
The greatest accomplishment of films like Moonlight is expose a certain kind of life that is rarely seen. Barry Jenkins subtlety emotional film explores a young black gay man from middle school to adulthood. We see Chiron "Black" as he grows up with a single Mother as he begins to question his own sexuality. After his first sexual encounter in high school, he is arrested after beating up his bully. He grows up to become a drug dealer much like the only positive adult male figure he admired.
Moonlight shines with visual and emotional beauty. The acting is phenomenal with a great performance from Mahresha Ali.
(Let's see If I can go through this whole interview without mentioning a 1968 science fiction masterpiece by name.)
Christopher Nolan is one of the most ambitious directors working today in Hollywood. His themes are ambitious. His stories are ambitious. His vision is ambitious Hell, even his tracking shots are ambitious. After a while though, his films could start to feel the same. What makes Interstellar stand out from his other films is the (not so strong) emotional journey.
Movies and magic go hand in hand. The best magic trick is where you doesn't question how the trick was pulled off, but how awe inspired you are. The same goes for movies. Méliès was, after all, a magician turned filmmaker who used many of his tricks to create special effects for his films (You've all seen Hugo).
Alfonso Cuaron is not a Director, but a Magician and Gravity pulls of a spectacular and emotional trick.
The visual effects are…