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Movie Magic Is a Fantastic Beast

Movies don’t always deliver movie magic. It’s just a reality.

Some are easy to predict such a fate from the basic premise and/or cast and director. Some promise an extraordinary cinematic experience in a trailer teaser followed by a series of full-length trailers spread out across a couple of months and then disappoint.

However, some deliver with unforgettable grandeur because of the writing, the director, and the cast.

Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that by some wizarding magic within the broader movie-magic construct is occurring with the forthcoming film ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.’

Prediction: ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ will surpass ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’


Will the Second Be the Best?

The primary questions involving movie sequels to popular, well-received originals are:

Will they be fantastic? Will the sequel be a storytelling, cinematic beast in its own right? How about a little of both?

The 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film adaptation of the book of the same title is the grown-up version of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (books and movies). This new teaser trailer solidifies that dynamic while using the wizarding school of Hogwarts and one of its most prominent figures just enough to firmly connect the two virtually separate universes for fans young and old for what should be a great reveal later this year.

What’s impressive in the video above is that one of writer J.K. Rowling’s favorite directors, David Yates, appears to have taken the Crimes of Grindelwald story to the next-level. And what’s more is that this Fantastic Beasts sequel looks, yes, better than the original in this burgeoning series. Could this really happen? A movie in the modern era with a sequel better than the original?

That could be the real magic of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when it arrives in theaters on November 16.

Literary Literalness

Words have a way of taking on a life of their own, grasping the pen or keystrokes from the writer and venturing off into far and away tangents with no rescue line back to the original point in the first place. This, of course, begs the question of what was attempting to be answered in this evolving collection of increasingly obscure sentences? Where is the clarity, the weapon of choice for wordsmiths to make simple of the mysteries around us that results in before unknown and, therefore, profound revelations?

Let me take a second pass at this.

A scene from the upcoming film Genius starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney captures the contentious, even torturous, relationship between writer and editor.

The process for great writers is often unconventional. Bottling the inspiration for the next great American novel is impossible to predict and anticipate. It happens when it happens for that patient, and ironically persistent, author. In rare circumstances, a finished product, after dozens of scratch-outs, edits and Whiskey splotches, upends the literary world.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby comes to mind.

Fun Fact: Speaking of the late great Mr. Fitzgerald, Max Perkins (portrayed by Colin Firth) was his editor.

Returning to the clip above, Jude Law plays author Thomas Wolfe in what looks like a fascinating journey back to an age of literary giants in the early 20th century. Set for a June 10th release date, Genius is based on National Book Award winner Max Perkins: Editor of Genius.

Get ready to engage in another book vs. movie debate with notes of your own…

or edits, if you will.