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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina P1

Hello all! Welcome back to my corner of the net. I’ve decided to keep the Niffler background until I’m tired of looking at it. Today I’m going to get into the new Sabrina Netflix show. Enjoy

There’s going to be SPOILERS dun dun dun……

I was very interested in this show. Like the Fantastic Beasts series, it’s bringing back something from my childhood but with a twist. However, in this show it may as well be a coincidence that all the characters have the same names.

My first thoughts where “Why is the background so blurry?” “Why is the foreground so blurry?” I’m wondering if that was supposed to give the show a “spooky” feel but overall it just made me feel like I wasn’t wearing my glasses. Through out the show it persists, though it does get better. I was also struck by how much this new actress reminded me of Melissa Joan Hart. There’s just something about her facial movements. I also very much enjoyed how believably high school they all looked. It doesn’t feel like I’m watching someone pushing 30 trying to pull off being in the 10th grade.

I very much enjoyed this show. I liked the darker tones and while it’s dark it’s not over the top. I also like that satanism is like an occult and religion rolled together. There’s “church” meetings and sermons, holidays, and doctrine that really give satanism a depth. The episode where they sacrifice a “queen”to feed the coven was fantastic. The way Sabrina is strong armed and manipulated to be “one of us” gives me feels that I’m sure most of us have had where you don’t want to participate in an event but feel that maybe you should because that’s the way it’s always been. Sabrina shows us that nothing can change unless you’re willing to push against the norms of do what you feel is right.

Some low points in this show for me were the first episode. I almost stopped half way through and said well that was enough of that. The dream episode felt like tedious filler where our characters didn’t grow or learn anything and in a series that only has 10 episodes a season. I don’t have time to waste on nonsense filler. As previously stated, the weird blurriness bothered me. Also,I wanted more magic. Some magic we see is very subtle and feels like could workout in the modern world, but I wanted more fantastical magic that made me oh and awe. Also when did this take place? I thought it was going to be the 90’s,not so far removed that it seems like a different time but where technology wasn’t so prevalent. I spent many episodes thinking we were in the 90’s then suddenly I started seeing smart phones. The sets also had an old-timey feel to them, I suppose the point was to feel ageless?

Now the highlights. I love every character…….except Harvey. He falls flat and I find him a little one noted and boring. Although I felt for him when his brother died and his life started falling apart. I think the aunts play off each other very well and give Sabrina’s home life a rounded feel. Ambrose is this Sabrina’s Salem ( I know her familiar is Salem) in that he is the one that gives the exposition of how the coven works, gives Sabrina advise, and kind of helps Sabrina get into mischief. I absolutely adore him. Her friends have a unique feel that we don’t see in a lot of shows in that they feel like whole complete characters even if Sabrina isn’t around. Their problems aren’t centered around her and they feel as though I could watch individual series about each of them.They each have their own lives happening that have faults and hurtles to overcome that must be dealt with by themselves.

The ending!!! Aaahhhhh, so heartbreaking and so many questions. Like, did Ms. Hartwell need to see Sabrina do the summoning spell successfully to do it herself? Or was that just apart of her overall scheme to taint Sabrina? Did I miss something, why did signing the book change who Sabrina fundamentally is? Is Sabrina going to end up being super powerful even though she’s only half witch? I mean this is the point to keep us wanting more and boy am I excited for part 2!!

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Hello all! I’m Kuma, it’s nice to meet you. This is my first attempt at a blog so please bear with me if it feels clunky and not well thought out at first. I’ll eventually get the lay of the land. I wanted to start this blog to find likeminded people who want to share and discuss movies and books and T.V. shows. I’ll be reading books and watching T.V. shows and movies and reviewing them and giving my overall thoughts and opinions. And we’re going to dive right in with a currently very popular movie (for better or worse)……….

The Crimes of Grindelwald

SO in case it’s not apparent ****SPOILERS*****

I was beyond excited for this movie. I grew up with Harry Potter, I went to Hogwarts with the gang and dreamed of receiving my own letter by owl.  When that final paged turned in 2007 and those final credits rolled for The Deathly Hallow in 2011 it felt like the end of a universe so filled with wonder that it was a little sad. Then the whispers started “new movies in the Harry Potter universe” and it was too good to be true, surely? 

However!! Here comes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This movie (IMO) held every bit much whimsy as the first Harry Potter films and sucked me back into this universe I thoroughly enjoy. I can’t wait for the next one! 2 years later, here we are, the next installment and man, am I excited for more beasts and Jude Law. So, let’s get into some thoughts as I’m walking out of the theater.

Firstly!! Let’s talk about some characters. Newt, our ever adorable socially awkward protagonist who just wants to take care of his menagerie. Gets sucked into problems that he wants nothing to do with but must help for his love of his brother and the love of his life. We get to see some more into his briefcase of wonder. Where I personally think an entire movie should be centered around. Then Jude Law, he was every bit the Dumbledore I knew he could be. He had the perfect amount of smug “I’m awesome and I know it” air about him. Maybe even more smug because this Dumbledore has yet to face the hardships of the Dumbledore we know and love.  Next, we’ll lump Tina, Queenie, and Jacob into a few sentences together. Queenie’s twist was amazing, though not entirely a surprise from the way they set her up in the trailers and posters. Tina was……there. And Jacob was as great the comic relief character he was in the first film.  Credence was the same lost kid in the first movie. Hopefully they develop him a bit more than just the angst of not knowing where he belongs. Leta was the driving force behind the entire movie. Her actions are a direct cause of almost every point in the movie. She also has one of the best scenes, when she’s looking back at the Scamander brothers  and we don’t know which she said she loves. (ok, it’s totally Newt but we don’t KNOW) Lastly, Grindelwald. This was Johnny Depp playing Johnny Depp as he usually does, and this certainly wasn’t a detractor. While perhaps lacking in many crimes. It was interesting to see the groundwork for all plans he has in mind and all the strings he’s putting out.

The movie was overall enjoyable. I’ve heard people complain that it asks more questions than it answers but for me that is fine for a movie in the middle of an arc. However, I can see the problem with this movie having no legs as a stand-alone movie. If you don’t have an extensive history with the universe it’s confusing, even if you do it’s a bit confusing. There’re some time line issues that may work out once we see the whole picture and some plots points that were more on the “ookkkaayy” side of things. But for a fan I liked it. The twist ending of Credence’s identity as a Dumbledore was an unexpected twist, a right turn out of nowhere. I think that is going to end up being a total misdirect from Grindelwald. I thought the magic was fantastic. Some of the most extensive magic we’ve seen so far, and Newt’s beasts are always a treat to see and explore. I am excited to see the next one and the one after that and the one after that. I’m excited to see the story unfold into a bigger picture.

 

And that is where I’ll end this. There’s so so much  that I didn’t touch on. I left this first one pretty general as I try to work out what I want to say.  I didn’t touch upon Yusuf or Nagini’s characters but there are some thoughts I may add in and update when I think of them.

So what did you think of Crimes of Grindelwald? And where do you think the story may be heading?

 

 Next time, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina