TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - October 16, 2018
Oh you fancy lad, Eddie Redmayne, you. Just when I think I'm over your fanciness and find you overwhelmingly twee, you double down on that fanciness. This new TV spot finds him cornered with the demand that he "pick a side," he mumbles in his fancy high pitch, "I don't do sides."
Certainly the folks looking for any excuse to attach their issue to a film will hear a myriad possibilities in that line and the way he says it. Could it mean he's gender fluid? Could he be gender non-binary? Is he saying that the truth resides in that gray area between black and white? Does that make him a racist for no discernible reason other than it fits my narrative?
The genius thing about J.K. Rowling is that she infused these characters of hers with enough personality that you can easily relate them to either yourself or someone in your life. While I couldn't tell you a single solitary thing that happened in that first Fantastic Beasts movie, I remember the characters, and that's almost more important in a series like this with no strong central character like Harry Potter. Newt Fancylad is great and all, but we didn't grow up with him the way we grew up with Harry.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald—aka Fancy Lads 2: The Scarves of Scarvelous—apparates into theaters on November 16.