P.O.V.: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Did I like it?
Big yes.

I was skeptical. I only heard bad things from the critics. One compared it to a novel with too many open ends and others criticized it’s boring first act or even first half. I don’t understand those critique. I liked the charming first act and every character. I can’t believe J.K. Rowling wrote the script. She is not only a capable novelist but also a capable screenwriter. Let’s get going.

+ An act of acting

The acting is marvelous. Every character was played so well even though I did not knew any single of the actors. It was subtle, energetic, diverse and a joy to experience. I wonder how the script looked like or how the director gave his direction. It’s a very well acted movie. Everyone praises Dan Vogler. And I agree. His acting should get him many new options and arrangements. Queene and Tina were acted superb. And Eddie Redmayne gave a wonderful impression of Newt Scamander. I wonder how their characters progress in the sequel.

+ Sprawling and crawling

The secret highlights of the movie: The actual beasts. J.K. Rowling probably has the greatest imagination ever. The beasts were cute, cuddly, imaginative, wild, dangerous. Even though they play a minor role, they still managed to make me smile. The Niffler – everyone’s favorite – is cute, but I liked the green creature living in his coat more. The creatures had more characters than protagonists in other entire franchises. Well done.

– Mr. Scamander

The only negative point is a minor one. The characters said “Mr. Scamander.” way too often. Sounds nit picking, but for real: You don’t need to say it three five times in three seconds.

Bottom line: J.K. Rowling is one hell of a screenwriter.

P.O.V.: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Did I like it?
To 75%.

The Last Jedi is one of the rare movies where I am one part on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next story beat to happen while also being kind of bored and wanting to go home. It felt weird and feels even weirder to express. The characters were great; action solid. The only downside is the lengthy second act. It could have been shorter and snappier. Anyway.

+ Tumor in the humor

Does it feel forced? Not really. Cringey? Not really. Out of place? Also not. The humor in this installment in the Star Wars saga was a welcomed change of pace and style. In the beginning it wonderfully takes the tension out and offers a kind of funny moment. It is no bad humor and it is no childish humor. It is neither things. I liked it.

+ Dare to defy

Wow. MovieBob was once again totally on point. I did not expect such actions from well-known characters and new ones alike. It goes up and down; back and forth; left and right. The way Luke reacts to his light saber is simply priceless. I thought I’d be a serious one-liner or something; something that matters. Other parts of the movie offered the same defiance of expectations. It’s rather rare that characters weep or cry in movies, but The Last Jedi portrays it subtle and very mature. Well done.

+ Dat shot

The visuals were pretty awesome. There is a shot, near the end, where Luke stands in front of the First Order. Probably the most coolest and beautiful movie shot ever. Simply stunning. It is even better than the shot in A New Hope where Luke stands in front of the two suns. Rian Johson’s ability to craft very powerful imagery is a really stand-out. Other shots, like the cave scene, were also very awesome.

– Snoking

While he had a certain presence of mystery surrounding him, this movie presents him as a generic bad guy. Oh, he manipulates. Bummer. Oh, he is power hungry. For real. Oh, he wants to control everything. Pff. No. Sorry. It was such a waste of potential for a sith overlord, but all we got was a boring and dull character ‘who pulls strings from behind the scenes.’ Boring. Next.

Bottom line: I wonder how the saga ends.

P.O.V.: Black Panther

Did I like it?
It was not ‘meh.’

I only heard positive things about Black Panther. I usually agree with my favorite film critic MovieBob, but this time? No. It was not only a rather mediocre movie, it was also a mediocre MCU installment. Nothing stood out. Nothing was certainly exciting or made me sit on the edge of my seat. It was not bad. It was not meh. It was just good.

+ The Klawker

Wow. What a villain. He should have been the actual villain and not Killmonger. He reminded me a bit of the Joker from The Dark Knight. He was unpredictable, highly psychotic and a joy to watch. Andy Serkis surely can act. (And not only in motion capturing suits.) I never saw Andy Serkis acting and this was a pleasant first time to experience. I wonder why he isn’t cast more often. (Aside from motion capturing.)

– Marvel still has a villain problem

I don’t know why people think Killmonger was a good villain. He was not. He was the basic, simply other-side-of-the-coin villain like in every former Marve movie. His backstory was not interesting (even though more developed than other villains), his attitude was annoying and Michael B. Jordan’s acting – thought not bad – annoyed the hell out of me. He made this upper-body shaking move all the time. I did not like it.

+ Advanced chemistry

I never enjoyed a movie’s chemistry so much. It felt fascinating seeing all those actors playing their roles in such a way, that you can feel how their chemistry is at work. I don’t know the character’s names, so I will just address their position. T’Challa’s little sister for example. It was almost like real siblings. His love interest was almost like they were really engaged. (You get the idea.) His mother was well acted too. All in all a joy to watch.

Bottom line: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still the best MCU film.*

*Which is a bit unfair because Stephen McFeely and Christoper Marcus are one of the most talented screenwriters working in the industry.*

P.O.V.: Avengers: Infinity War

Did I like it?


Avengers: Infinity War is the epic conclusion to the first 10 years of the MCU. And boy it delivered. It could have been a glorious clusterfuck of team-ups and cameos; but it was not. I mean, they are team-ups, but they are good and well written and well weaved into the overarching plot. Thanos is the best villain in the MCU. He is on-par with the Joker in The Dark Knight. Let’s dive in.

+ How to: Start a movie

The beginning left nothing to be desired. The intro monologue of his henchman was frightening to a certain point. You did not expect such a kind of monologue paired with such a scene. The character talking is, like Thanos to a certain degree, for my liking at least, almost too intelligent; too cunning. It was such a change of pace for me in general, that compared to other characters from other movies I tried to compare it to, made me feel like I experienced something entirely new. Well done.

+ Problem solved

As it is being pointed it out from many others: Thanos is a great villain. He is almost, if not as good as, the Joker. Some even said it was a biopic about him. All descriptions come close. He had emotions, an agenda, a reason, motivations. He doesn’t just want to rule the universe; he wants to balance it. In itself may be a bit stupid, but I can ignore it happily. He wasn’t just a great villain, he was also a compelling character in general. (And we can thank it Christoper Marcus and Stephen McFeely for that.)

+ There is no I(ron Man) in a T(hor)eam

Without spoiling the movie: It is mostly about certain variations of team-ups. And it is no throw away mish mash. All team-ups served a purpose and the characters abilities were used very, very cleverly. All characters had their five seconds of triumph and no team-up sucked.

– Search and destroy

This is not a point brought up by me, but from a comment on YouTube. To put it simple, he said: “It was too easy for Thanos to obtain the stones.” And I agree. Even though very dramatic scenes involved obtaining the infinity stones, it could have been made a bit more dramatic. Maybe he had to try it again, or was wounded, or had to flee. To shake it up a bit, you know.

Bottom line: Hooray for another 10 years of the MCU.

Rudy’s Rating: No SchuG. (No SchuG means: It was not a waste of money.)

P.O.V.: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Did I like it?
No. With an emphasize on ‘n’ and ‘o.’

Let’s break it down. Mediocre acting. Rather lame script. Half-way descent directing. Outstanding worldbuilding. All in all: A simply below average movie. Some called it unnecssary; some called it a Wookiepedia article coming to live. To be honest: It is a bit of both. 

+ Han(dling) survival

Wow. What a surprisingly well depiction of the life under the Empire. The ruthlessness, the hopelessness, the darkness; the movie showed that the world of Star Wars is full of danger and threats as long as the Empire ruled. People forced to do nothing but to survive the circumstances. Some, like Han, try to get by by wit and confidence; other try to simply make it out like Kira. The overall asthetics supported and helped to craft a world of peril and simply sadness. It was very, very good. 

+/- Trivia(l) pursuit

The topic of trivia has been debated enough. My take? It was simply badly executed. The origins of hie name? Lame. The origin of his friendship with Chewbacca? Also lame. The kessel run? Nice visuals. (But lame.) If it weren’t handled so casually, so, pun intended, trivial, it could have been a nice and compelling way of demonstrating good fan service. Too bad it crushed and burned terribly.

– In honor of Alden’s reich

He can act. I am not denying that. His Han performance was, like some critic pointed out, trying too hard being Han as played by Harrison Ford. If he gave his own take and tried to extend him; trying to deepen his attitude, it might have been a great gig. Just like the rest of the movie: It failed hard.

– Kasdanian

The writing was… mhm, not bad. But not good either. It only presented the Han we already knew. It did not add, sorry I repeat myself, anything new to the character. Maybe he had doubts and regrets, fears and insecurities. But nope, it was just the same character we knew. Why making a prequel if everything is already as it is. (?)

Bottom line: Stop milking Star Wars. (Or you’ll oversaturate the market and the franchise dies a horrible death.)

Rudy’s Rating: SchuG (Regreting buying a ticket.)

Super Detective: Chapter 1 – I’m Back

Trivia #1

N. Burg had Kaito Kid in mind while creating Super Detective.

#1 New Berlin

New Berlin has been created out of nowhere as a small “colony” for diplomats working for the World Government. It was intended as a small and cozy place for people to enjoy life next to the sea. Most of the time, it is a harmless and quiet town with no crime and friendly people. Until it got discovered as a hot spot for people to surf. This sprawling scene brought skaters, then street artists, then start ups, and is now a sprawling city the size of San Francisco. 

It has a population count of 670.740 citizens and is known for a specialty called White Tea, which is a genetically engineered version of green tea. The sights are plenty and many draw a lot of tourists and visitors to the city. The Hillsight View, a lookout above the city, has the greatest amount of visitors are year. But there is also the Singer’s Swing, an open mic cafe in Vill Street. And the Ally Alley, a place for street artists to paint a piece and then being removed three weeks later for the next artist to place.

All good, but it also has a dark side. A serial killer named the Powder Killer took a powder to knock someone out, rob them and then killing them. He killed a total amount of 7 people before World’s Greatest Detectives could stop them. While many thought it was an heroic act, the agency itself, wailed itself in pity and self-hate. They could not accept this failure and indicted many new policies to become better. One detective got known and stalked, hence they installed a code name system.

But there were also good times. Once there was a surfer festival called Soul’s Out, where people surfed and had a great BBQ accompanied by DJs and other live music. But citizens condemned the dirt and loudness, and since no one could get it under control, they had to cancel it. There is now a small festival called Surf and Throw, where people enjoy a BBQ on a special ground that could be easily cleaned up and be purged shortly after the festival was done.

The current mayor is a Japanese-American woman named Hikari ‘Kari’ Kaito. She was elected with 54% of the votes. Her opponent, a Republican woman named Chelsey Running lost. Kari, so called by her family and fans alike, is part of the Neutral Democratic Party America. Which is a global party with many branches in many Local Governments around the globe. Kari’s agenda is summed up by her with the words: Democracy. Safety. Diversity. “And freedom!” as a popular chant finishes the slogan.

Apropos diversity. New Berlin has a sprawling community from people around the globe, but also a small niche of white supremacists which terrorize from time to time. Due to global law, they can express their opinion, but racism and assaults are considered crime. In the end, they are only people who think they are better than others. Which they are not. For the rest of the citizens it is clear: We tolerate. They may not like each other, but they accept and respect people as what they are: People. No one chose their skin color or eye form, no one chose their hair or eye color. We have to accept others like God intended: diverse.

In the end, New Berlin is a happy place. It is not perfect, but people are working on it. It is a place people enjoy to be. Even when they have no idea what madness would unfold over the course of the next few years. Some pretend to saw it coming. Some pretend to ignore it. But all agreed: It is nuts. 

The story of Super Detective unfolds. And it all began of one man, and his ambition to be the World’s Greatest Detective. Now one saw it coming. But some wish they did.