Get ready cinema lovers because you’re in for quite a treat this week. Two of the most anticipated movies of the year are hitting Cairo cinemas this Wednesday, and we couldn’t be more excited to see how they fare. The magical world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them returns with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, while Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Finally, if you’re not into mainstream flicks, you can opt for the more intense and more thrilling, Boarding School.
What’s it about? The Fantastic Beasts series is set in the world of Harry Potter, but takes place before the events of the Harry Potter series. The first movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set up the characters of this new adventure, and gave us a quick sneak peek of the new villain, Grindelwald. This time around, we’ll get to see more of him interacting with our hero, magizoologist Newt Scamander.
The good: The first instalment in this franchise had very positive reviews, and this time around they’ve retained the same cast, director, and of course, writer, J.K. Rowling. Rowling has already worked with director David Yates on a number of movies; he directed the final four instalments of the Harry Potter franchise, so we can expect this one to be another smashing success.
The bad: Creating one sequel after another is a terrible risk, and while the Harry Potter franchise did quite a good job, some may feel that J.K. Rowling is taking it too far this time. The first instalment hyped up Grindelwald, and with Johnny Depp’s heavy involvement in this movie, things can go incredibly well, or terribly bad.
What’s it about? Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock band Queen, in a biography that promises to be exciting, insightful, truthful, and maybe even surprising to some.
The good: Rami Malek has proven he has the acting chops for such a role, with his impeccable portrayal of an unstable cyber-security engineer in the Mr. Robot TV Series. From the trailer, we can see this looks very exciting, and the buzz that’s been circulating for about a year shows he’s been dedicated to preparing for this movie. Directed by Bryan Singer, the man behind The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, and most of the X-Men franchise, we can really see this movie becoming a classic.
The bad: All that hype can be the worst thing to happen to such a movie. Biographies are already tricky, especially as they try to thread the needle between entertainment and staying true to actual events. While all involved filmmakers are talented professionals, this could still disappoint.
What’s it about? Unlike what the name suggests, this is a very intense movie. A family discovers that their young boy, fascinated by his dead grandmother, has started dressing like her. They decide to send him to a special boarding school, designed for misfits. But he, along with his colleagues, soon discover that there’s something very evil about this school.
The good: This is the brainchild of director and writer Boaz Yakin. As a writer he was the man behind movies such as Now You See Me, while as a director he took charge of Remember the Titans, and Safe. Yakin knows how to create a compelling story, and this one looks incredibly intense.
The bad: While Boaz Yakin is an acclaimed director, the problem is that his last big success as a director was a long time ago. This time he needs to bring out the best from his actors, most of whom are kids who are playing very intense and complex characters. While this movie seems intense, this is not inherently a good thing; it could just be one cliché after another.
To find out where and when you can catch these films, check out the Cairo 360 Cinema Guide.