Note: I started this article exactly one month ago and it is just now getting posted. I made posts on social media about how I was going to upload it over the weekend and I failed in epic fashion … I don’t even have a valid excuse. I’m sorry to those who were looking forward to it for so long. The good news though is that this review will be much more thorough as I’ve had the device for several weeks.
I’m the type of person that does extensive research on a product before I make a purchase. I have been looking at the Microsoft Surface Go for a few months and weighing my options during that time. I debated on getting an iPad or a Chromebook as well. I made my ultimate decision on Thanksgiving Day while shopping at Best Buy to pick up the Surface Go. You can’t beat 18 Months no interest and $50 off the usual price so I went with it and have had no regrets.
Out of the box… it wasn’t quite the tablet of my dreams but after tweaking a few things here and there it has certainly risen to my expectations. I made sure to get the option with the most RAM and the most storage (8GB/128GB) because anything less would just not be worth it in my opinion.
I avoided spoilers on this film for the first few days of its release because I was unable to see it until the following Sunday. However, what I was not able to avoid were the headlines showing up in my news feeds about several people not liking the film or saying that it wasn’t “Harry Potter” enough. I still allowed myself to go into the theater with an open mind after refusing to actually read any of those articles until I could make my own judgement. The verdict? I don’t know what some of the other reviewers are talking about! I absolutely LOVED it, but to each their own.
My initial reaction upon walking out of the theater was that I may have actually liked it more than the first one… followed by wondering if others with a negative reaction had watched the same movie. In my opinion the Wizarding World is a universe akin to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and therefore has multiple characters in its franchise. It is not all about Captain America or Iron-man, it gives the limelight to various other characters as well. So coming into Fantastic Beasts I never expected it to be just like Harry Potter and I don’t think that others should look at it that way either. Its a prequel series with new characters in a different time line and different locations. I think the characters are well developed despite the fact that some get more screen-time in Fantastic Beasts than they do in Grindelwald.
I feel as though some people forget that we are only on number two of a five part series and that the plot is going to have to be spread out. I will say that after watching the latest film it feels like this could probably be wrapped up as a trilogy but I’m interested in seeing where J.K. Rowling is going with this. I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone so I’ll spare any intricate details since its only been out for a little over a week. But I think that you should go into it with an open mind and just enjoy it for what it is without thinking of it as something that has to tie into Harry Potter versus the Wizarding World as a whole.
It’s been awhile since I’ve really just fallen in love (or heavy like) with any social apps. I’m a little burnt out on the infamous Facebook and I mainly just use it to lurk on family and friends now. I occasionally post things about food, date nights, and watching movies but its essentially a yawn fest user experience for me. I have also started to use my twitter account a bit more but it isn’t something I check everyday or have made a lot of connections with. I presume it could be because of the 140 character limit but I think there’s a little more to it than that such as the lack of engagement. I realize that getting people to interact with you should be at least a 50/50 effort but its just so much work. Some people are able to get interaction from their followers without putting in much action themselves but I don’t feel like I’m quite at that level. I definitely plan to continuously work on it though.
The only other social platform I’ve used sporadically in the past years is Google+, I joined while it was still in beta stage and for quite some time it was my absolute favorite site to frequent. I’ve made a few friends from the site and initially met my hubby through the site as well so it has had its highlights for sure. Unfortunately within the past year or so its struggled to hold my interest. But never fear, Amino is here!