Tanner Reviews Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

fantastic_beasts_and_where_to_find_them_posterMan wasn’t this satisfying. It has been quite some time since I have heard the Harry Potter theme playing on the big screen and it certainly didn’t disappoint. While still apart, but not adhering to the wave of nostalgia hitting movies lately, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes the Harry Potter world in a completely new direction, changing the setting to the 1920’s America. While it may not take the top spot as best movie of the year, this one will certainly rank up there as one of the best movie going experiences of 2016.

In 1920’s United States, the eventual writer of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has traveled across the Atlantic for a specific undisclosed reason. Once he gets their, he quickly learns that the United States community of wizards and witches takes a dim view to magical creatures and has outright banned them. After a particularly nasty incident in a bank involving an adorable niffler stealing anything that is shiny and not nailed to the ground as well as running into Newt’s eventual lovable sidekick and non magic user Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), Newt is taken to the United States Magical Congress headquarters by eventual love interest Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston). After the congress does not take Goldstein seriously, Newt and Tina go their separate ways until the plot pulls them back together when a mysterious creature begins to reak havoc throughout the city of London.  Continue reading

Tanner Reviews Zootopia

ZootopiaI FINALLY SAW THIS MOVIE! It took me several months and a lot of shitty movies along the way, but I finally saw it and I am so damn content! I mean, it is Disney. They have to work hard to fail and even their failures are enjoyable to watch. Zootopia is a wonderful movie, plain and simple. It is sweet, caring, has a great message, and is easily going to be one of the best movies of 2016. But okay, I’ve been doing this for four years now and everyone knows we are not going to stop at that. Let’s dive into what makes this movie so damn good.

Not willing to be held by back societal norms, rabbit Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) excels at the police academy and is sent to work in Zootopia, which as always been her dream. Once she arrives though, she realizes life isn’t what it is cracked up to be, and she is quickly stuck with the position of meter maid. One day, a family comes in asking about a missing otter which puts Judy on the case by sheer force of willpower being in the same room at the same time. Along with the help of fox and small time hustler, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) the two set out to discover what dark secrets are lucking inside Zootopia. Continue reading

Tanner Reviews Ricki & The Flash

Ricki_and_the_Flash_posterMeryl Streep as a past-her-prime 1970’s Rock’N’Roll singer? Oh I had to see this. It is interesting that, out of a year of so much polarization, it is sort of soothing to come up with a movie that was middle of the road. By no means was this the films ambition, the film certainly has ambition a plenty. Sadly though, sometimes things didn’t go quite as planned… That is just how it works sometimes and you have something that just comes across as a little odd, which is exactly what Ricki & The Flash is, a solid amount of ambition mixed in with an odd story, and even odder pacing.

Ricki & The Flash is one of those movies for your mom and dad. It is a movie geared towards the nostalgia of that generation now well in their fifties to sixties. With tracks from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and with a co-starring of Rick Springfield of all people mixed in with the story of upper middle class people dealing with the problems of divorce and the adulthood of their children. For any of you who get pissy from seeing the ‘Only 90’s kids will get this’, if you get misty eyed at this movie, you have no room to judge! Continue reading