7 Things You Should Know Before Riding Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Fluffy Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is officially open for business at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Orlando, and has already seen a staggering number of attendees attempt to ride it. As someone who has ridden the coaster, the wait is worth it, although there are some things patrons should know before getting in line to ride the latest addition to one of the theme park’s most beloved areas.

So, I’ve compiled a handy guide for anyone who is hoping to visit the parks or the ride anytime soon. For any other notes, tips, or tricks, the comments section is always open.

Blast Ended Skrewt Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

The Animatronics Are Amazing

As mentioned, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is a story coaster. This means there are portions of the ride where things slow down so riders can check out some of the cool animatronics, just before blazing back on down the track to enjoy the rest of the coaster.

Keep those eyes peeled while riding, there’s some very impressive animatronics that include a massive Hagrid, Blast-Ended Skrewt, Fluffy the Cerberus, Cornish Pixies, a Centaur, and Unicorn. Each one is immensely detailed and amazing looking, although I personally loved seeing the massive Fluffy sleeping just feet from my face. Honestly? It was the closest I felt to being in the world of Harry Potter in that moment, and I couldn’t wait to get back in line and see it again.

Hagrid Motorbike Harry Potter

There’s A Moving Walkway, And Spots Are Designated

Yes, there’s a line, but once patrons finally get through the bulk of it and progress to the final stretch, some additional ground rules come into play. Specifically, riders must line up either on the right or left side of the line. Right side gets the motorbike, and the left rides in the sidecar. The only real difference is slight leg separation and height, although some folks may claim otherwise.

Once all that is figured out, you’ll finally be escorted to the platform, which is moving alongside the motorbikes. It’s basically the same deal as how things are done in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and there will be plenty of time to board before things take off. One may not think that after watching the first few patrons scramble to get over the sidecar onto the motorbike, but trust us, it’s not taking off before everyone is on.

Harry Ron Ginny Harry Potter

There’s A Family Room For Non-Riders

For those who want to experience all the fun sights and sounds on the way through the line, but can’t or don’t want to actually ride, there’s a family room to hang out in while loved ones prepare for the ride. The room is to the right of the final queue room, and right next to the exit for riders so they can fetch their family’s and tell them how cool it all was.

The Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure family room maintains the aesthetic of the rest of the rooms, and even has a television that has the Harry Potter movies on rotation in case the line is moving extra slow. This experience isn’t necessarily new to Universal rides, but welcome all the same especially when ride wait times are as high as they are at the moment.

Hermione Devil's Snare Harry Potter

That Drop Is Intense

Spoiler alert for anyone who wants to go on the ride completely surprised, you don’t want to read this. Those who love spoilers should note there’s a pretty wild “drop track” feature in which the cart feels like it’s in freefall. It can be pretty scary if you’re not expecting it, so those who don’t wish to be caught off guard should be on the lookout when riders are entangled in the Devil’s Snare plants.

The drop itself isn’t incredibly far, but it does feel a lot farther than what it actually is. The moment comes in the second leg of the ride, in which riders travel at a pretty high rate of speed backwards. All the while stuff is whizzing by, and really creates that feeling the rider is about to crash into something from behind. Perhaps that’s what makes it more intense?

Hagrid Harry Potter

The Motorbike Is Not One Size Fits All

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure puts riders in a motorbike and sidecar that was bewitched by Arthur Weasley. It’s a really cool idea and the unique design puts one rider above the other in the motorcycle, while someone sits lower in the side car. The motorbike is legitimately like sitting on a motorcycle, minus the fact that a safety bar has to be pulled down over the lap once you’re seated.

For larger patrons who have difficulties with the lap bar on other roller coasters, the motorbike safety latch may not go down to the required level to engage. The sidecar is said to have more breathing room in that regard, but anyone doubting should ask a ride attendant to test to see if they’ll fit on one of the display motorbikes before hopping in line. No one wants to wait in that long line for no reason!

Ron And Harry Potter

Having One Person Hold A Spot May Not Work Out

With extremely long wait times, it’s totally understandable some patrons may want a family member “take one for the team” and wait out a majority of the line so the rest can enjoy the park and then jump in when they get closer. In general, that’s a move folks tend to frown on, and one that many who have already been standing in line for hours may get upset over.

It’s also a move that may be hard to actually accomplish, as patrons will have a hell of a time navigating the winding queue and moving past all those folks to find their friend or family member. Unless they’re near the start or towards the very end, it could be near impossible, and maybe still impossible if team members are watching the exits and turning line jumpers away. The solution? Buck up and hunker down with your family.

Harry and Hermione Harry Potter

Big Waits Are Expected, But Universal Is Working On It

New rides are always going to have a long wait, and that’s especially true with Hagrid’s Magical Motorbike Adventure. Hogsmeade can get pretty crowded even on a day when there’s not a large number of people in the park. So far time estimates for waiting in line for the new ride have been said to take up to 10 hours, and that’s not including any weather delays due to the random spouts of rain Florida is known for.

It’s also worth noting that Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is a very elaborate ride. Keeping an attraction like that running takes some real work, so Universal has started opening the ride midday to limit the number of unexpected delays and to help the process run a bit more smoothly than is has previously. Just plan on spending the morning getting everything else out of the way, and maybe have someone keep an eye on the line to see when it opens if you’re planning a trip!

Those who have ridden Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, got any other suggestions for those ahead of their first ride? Drop a suggestion down in the comments and stick with CinemaBlend for more news related to movies and television.

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6 Things You Should Know Before Riding Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Fluffy Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is officially open for business at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Orlando, and has already seen a staggering number of attendees attempt to ride it. As someone who has ridden the coaster, the wait is worth it, although there are some things patrons should know before getting in line to ride the latest addition to one of the theme park’s most beloved areas.

So, I’ve compiled a handy guide for anyone who is hoping to visit the parks or the ride anytime soon. For any other notes, tips, or tricks, the comments section is always open.

Hagrid Motorbike Harry Potter

There’s A Moving Walkway, And Spots Are Designated

Yes, there’s a line, but once patrons finally get through the bulk of it and progress to the final stretch, some additional ground rules come into play. Specifically, riders must line up either on the right or left side of the line. Right side gets the motorbike, and the left rides in the sidecar. The only real difference is slight leg separation and height, although some folks may claim otherwise.

Once all that is figured out, you’ll finally be escorted to the platform, which is moving alongside the motorbikes. It’s basically the same deal as how things are done in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and there will be plenty of time to board before things take off. One may not think that after watching the first few patrons scramble to get over the sidecar onto the motorbike, but trust us, it’s not taking off before everyone is on.

Harry Ron Ginny Harry Potter

There’s A Family Room For Non-Riders

For those who want to experience all the fun sights and sounds on the way through the line, but can’t or don’t want to actually ride, there’s a family room to hang out in while loved ones prepare for the ride. The room is to the right of the final queue room, and right next to the exit for riders so they can fetch their family’s and tell them how cool it all was.

The Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure family room maintains the aesthetic of the rest of the rooms, and even has a television that has the Harry Potter movies on rotation in case the line is moving extra slow. This experience isn’t necessarily new to Universal rides, but welcome all the same especially when ride wait times are as high as they are at the moment.

Hermione Devil's Snare Harry Potter

That Drop Is Intense

Spoiler alert for anyone who wants to go on the ride completely surprised, you don’t want to read this. Those who love spoilers should note there’s a pretty wild “drop track” feature in which the cart feels like it’s in freefall. It can be pretty scary if you’re not expecting it, so those who don’t wish to be caught off guard should be on the lookout when riders are entangled in the Devil’s Snare plants.

The drop itself isn’t incredibly far, but it does feel a lot farther than what it actually is. The moment comes in the second leg of the ride, in which riders travel at a pretty high rate of speed backwards. All the while stuff is whizzing by, and really creates that feeling the rider is about to crash into something from behind. Perhaps that’s what makes it more intense?

Hagrid Harry Potter

The Motorbike Is Not One Size Fits All

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure puts riders in a motorbike and sidecar that was bewitched by Arthur Weasley. It’s a really cool idea and the unique design puts one rider above the other in the motorcycle, while someone sits lower in the side car. The motorbike is legitimately like sitting on a motorcycle, minus the fact that a safety bar has to be pulled down over the lap once you’re seated.

For larger patrons who have difficulties with the lap bar on other roller coasters, the motorbike safety latch may not go down to the required level to engage. The sidecar is said to have more breathing room in that regard, but anyone doubting should ask a ride attendant to test to see if they’ll fit on one of the display motorbikes before hopping in line. No one wants to wait in that long line for no reason!

Ron And Harry Potter

Having One Person Hold A Spot May Not Work Out

With extremely long wait times, it’s totally understandable some patrons may want a family member “take one for the team” and wait out a majority of the line so the rest can enjoy the park and then jump in when they get closer. In general, that’s a move folks tend to frown on, and one that many who have already been standing in line for hours may get upset over.

It’s also a move that may be hard to actually accomplish, as patrons will have a hell of a time navigating the winding queue and moving past all those folks to find their friend or family member. Unless they’re near the start or towards the very end, it could be near impossible, and maybe still impossible if team members are watching the exits and turning line jumpers away. The solution? Buck up and hunker down with your family.

Harry and Hermione Harry Potter

Big Waits Are Expected, But Universal Is Working On It

New rides are always going to have a long wait, and that’s especially true with Hagrid’s Magical Motorbike Adventure. Hogsmeade can get pretty crowded even on a day when there’s not a large number of people in the park. So far time estimates for waiting in line for the new ride have been said to take up to 10 hours, and that’s not including any weather delays due to the random spouts of rain Florida is known for.

It’s also worth noting that Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is a very elaborate ride. Keeping an attraction like that running takes some real work, so Universal has started opening the ride midday to limit the number of unexpected delays and to help the process run a bit more smoothly than is has previously. Just plan on spending the morning getting everything else out of the way, and maybe have someone keep an eye on the line to see when it opens if you’re planning a trip!

Those who have ridden Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, got any other suggestions for those ahead of their first ride? Drop a suggestion down in the comments and stick with CinemaBlend for more news related to movies and television.

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The Next Kingsman Movie Has A Title And We Should Have Seen It Coming

We still have a ways to go until Kingsman 3 arrives and wraps up Harry and Eggsy’s story, but in the meantime, the Kingsman franchise will keep fans entertained with a prequel movie. While the title for this project had originally been reported as Kingsman: The Great Game, a new title for the prequel has taken its place, and it’s one that we probably should have seen coming from a mile away: The King’s Man.

Here’s the title card for The King’s Man for those interested:

Considering that The King’s Man will explore the origins of the Kingsman organization during World War I, it makes sense that Kingsman itself wouldn’t be in the title. That group of operatives doesn’t exist yet, but it’s easy enough to title the movie after a male figure who loyally serves the British royalty.

As if dealing with The Great War isn’t bad enough, The King’s Man’s main protagonist and his allies will have to contend with this assortment of nefarious individuals attempting mass slaughter. How this early 20th century adventure specifically unfolds remains to be seen, but it’ll ultimately lead to the Kingsman organization being created to help keep the United Kingdom and the rest of the world safe.

In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Harry Hart informed Eggsy that Kingsman was originally a group of tailors that have clothed the world’s most powerful individuals since 1849, hence the reason why its agents look so dapper. However, many of those individuals lost their heirs during World War I, so they used that money that would now be un-inherited to create an independent, international intelligence agency that wouldn’t have to deal with the politics and bureaucracy that plagues government-run spy agencies. And thus, Kingsman was born!

We’ll have to keep waiting for more specific details, but The King’s Man has put together a solid cast that includes Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Djimon Honsou and Stanley Tucci. Matthew Vaughn, who is back in the director’s chair, has warned that The King’s Man will be “very very different” from the previous Kingsman movies.

It’ll be interesting to see if The King’s Man gets a sequel should it be critically and commercially successful enough, but even if it doesn’t, the Kingsman franchise isn’t going anywhere in the coming years. Along with Kingsman 3, there’s also a spinoff centered on the U.S.-based Statesman in the works, as well as an eight-episode TV series.

The King’s Man opens in theaters on February 14, 2020 (a date that previous belonged to Bond 25), so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on how it’s coming along. In the meantime, you can look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what movies are coming out later this year.

How Captain Marvel’s Final Fight Was Originally Very Different

Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are never lacking for exciting action sequences, and Captain Marvel was certainly no exception. Whether she’s kicking the crap out of an old lady on a train or taking down Kree to the sound of No Doubt, there are a number of great fights in the movie. However, one might that we never really get in the movie is the one we most expected, pitting Brie Larson‘s Carol Danvers against Jude Law‘s Yon-Rogg.

Instead of an epic throwdown, the movie sees Danvers blast Yon-Rogg across the desert without breaking a sweat. As it turns out, the original plan for the movie’s big finale was actually to have the two characters go one on one in a big physical battle, but as the story took shape, the directors realized that such a fight didn’t actually make any sense. According to co-director Anna Boden

In the scene, Yon-Rogg challenges Captain Marvel to fight him on an equal footing, without her powers. While one might expect the hero to accept the challenge and beat the villain at his own game, instead, the hero simply blasts him, explaining that she has nothing to prove to him.

While, on the one hand, it would have been great to see these two go at in a great fight scene, it’s difficult to argue with Anna Boden’s comments from the directors’ commentary track of the new Captain Marvel Blu-ray. The movie is about Carol Danvers discovering that the power she has is hers, and that the Kree have been convincing her to keep her emotions in check as a way of keeping her under control. Once she has discovered that the Kree have been subjugating her, she’s lets her power loose and we see how strong she truly is.

Having her then listen to Yon-Rogg and hold her power back is the exact opposite of what she should be doing at the end of the story, and if she’s using her power, then Yon-Rogg isn’t really much of a threat. He knows this, which is why he’s trying to convince her to hold back in the first place.

Between the end of Captain Marvel and her scenes in Avengers: Endgame, Carol Danvers is pretty close to unstoppable. While it makes some sense within context, it also means that the stakes will have to be raised quite high for anything to be seen as a danger to her in any future sequel, something that seems fairly certain will be on the way before too long.

Before Ed Sheeran, Yesterday Originally Wanted A Different Famous Pop Star

Hollywood’s recent trend of showcasing the most iconic discographies of all time continues next week with Yesterday. The comedy from director Danny Boyle isn’t a biopic of the Beatles, but a fun thought experiment. What would happen is one day everyone forgot about the Fab Four? Everyone except for one struggling musician, that is.

Yesterday follows Jack Malik (played by newcomer Himesh Patel) who is the only man in the world who remembers the words to “Hey Jude”. As he starts publically playing their music, he gains the attention of a hotshot agent (played by SNL’s Kate McKinnon) and Ed Sheeran… who recommends he changes the title to “Hey Dude”.

It takes connections such as these to reach the mass popularity, so Danny Boyle always had a big name in mind to join the film– but it wasn’t always Sheeran. At the London red carpet premiere of Yesterday on Tuesday, Boyle said this:

Oh, interesting! It actually would have made sense for Yesterday to enlist Coldplay’s Chris Martin since he fronts a four-man British popular act, just like the Beatles. However, the band had been touring their album A Head Full of Dreams until the end of 2017, and Chris Martin was not ready to sign on for another project so soon.

While Ed Sheeran jokes about not being the first pick, he’s probably the best choice of the three and could end up drawing in the most audiences at the time of release. Sheeran is the only one of them with a popular new song on the radio right now. Coldplay hasn’t technically released new music in four years and Harry Styles, in two years. Plus, Styles has a specific, younger fanbase.

Danny Boyle also went on to tell Associated Press about his experience with Sheeran on set. In his words:

Ahead of its release, Yesterday has already been receiving praise from critics. CinemaBlend’s own Mike Reyes gave it 4 out of 5 stars in his review, calling it a “total joy”. The music-comedy hits theaters on June 28.

Star Trek Posts Powerful Tributes To Anton Yelchin On The Third Anniversary Of His Death

Three years ago, actor Anton Yelchin was killed in an unfortunate accident, at the young age of 27. In the wake of his devastating departure, fans and actors alike have mourned the passing of this talented actor who had so much life ahead of him, professionally and personally.

Now, on the third anniversary of his death, the Star Trek franchise has chosen to pay tribute to Anton Yelchin’s passing, with the following post on their social media feed:

Today is the actual day in 2016 that notes the passing of Anton Yelchin, who at the time had completed work on the third Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, as well as part of his work for the first season of the Dreamworks series, Trollhunters. Though several films would be released throughout 2017, with the independent film We Don’t Belong Here marking his final film role released.

The official Star Trek Twitter wasn’t the only tribute seen this morning, as fan site Trek Core also had their own tribute to Yelchin, courtesy of a recolored photo from his appearance in the reboot trilogy, where he played the role of Ensign Pavel Chekov:

Best known for the role of Checkov in Star Trek’s latest run of films, Anton Yelchin was admittedly nervous to try and live up to the precedent set by Walter Koenig in his initial run as the character. And any young actor jumping into a role as iconic as this one would have to be crazy not to feel that pressure.

However, as seen in the fandom that Anton Yelchin had acquired over his time in that role, as well as in numerous other projects like Fright Night, Green Room, and Thoroughbreds, his performances were strong to the point where that fear was unfounded. Perhaps the greatest impact that Yelchin has made on the Star Trek franchise is the fact that even with the fourth film in limbo, his Enterprise crewmates still think of him when discussing the process of getting another film into the air.

While Anton Yelchin is no longer with us, his career has left his fans with an indelible body of work that shows just how talented he was, both on and off the screen. Though we still mourn him, we also remember him as the bright presence he always brought to his work. And that is the most fitting tribute of all.

The documentary on Yelchin’s live, Love, Antosha is scheduled for an August 2nd release date.

Kevin Feige Says A Spider-Man And Venom Movie Is ‘Likely’ But Up To Sony

It’s no secret that comic book movies are everywhere, as various studios compete for box office supremacy with their respective cinematic universes. Characters from Marvel’s Spider-Man comics have had a particularly fascinating life onscreen, split between various studios. And things got only more complicated once Peter Parker was adopted by the MCU.

Sony has historically had the rights to Spider-Man and his villains, with two separate franchises happening in the 2000’s. But the studio made a deal with Marvel in 2015, allowing Spider-Man to make his way to the massive shared universe, starting with Captain America: Civil War. Sony saw success with Venom, so all eyes are if/when the two characters might crossover.

Well, that seems pretty cut and dry. Kevin Feige seems to think the ball is in Sonys’ court, and depending on what they want the future of Venom to look like. Will we get a direct sequel, or some type of team-up movie with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man? Only time will tell.

CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell got the chance to speak with Kevin Feige at the Spider-Man: Far From Home junket, along with the film’s cast (look out for more content on its way!) The MCU’s Spider-Man has quickly become one of the biggest fan favorites in the shared universe, and Venom was one of the surprising sleeper hits of 2018.

Sony’s villain-centric movie ended up making a whopping $855 million, all but guaranteeing a Venom sequel sometime in the future. The movie surpassed poor critical performance and really resonated with audiences, and didn’t suffer from taking itself too seriously. Given the comedic nature of the MCU’s Spider-Man and Tom Hardy’s Venom, they probably would have some solid chemistry.

Unfortunately, Kevin Feige doesn’t seem to think there are any real plans to make this happen. Feige maintained it was up to Sony to decide what they want to do with the studio’s symbiote-centric brand. You’d think the head of Marvel Studios would be privy to any potential deals, so his comments aren’t necessarily encouraging.

Still, no one would have thought that the deal around Spider-Man would have been possible ahead of it happening. Sony and Marvel Studios have shown their ability to collaborate before, so it’s not totally out of the question. And with Phase Four of the MCU also a mystery, the general public is largely in dark regarding the future of the superhero genre.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will arrive in theaters on July 2nd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Rumors About Bond 25 Set Indicate Major Drama

According to The Sun, Bond 25 director Cary Joji Fukunaga, who officially joined the production last fall, showed up to set three hours late because he was playing video games. The director of Beasts of No Nation and the heralded True Detective Season 1 was apparently engrossed in a particularly intense gaming session on his PlayStation, causing him to miss his scheduled arrival time by a few hours. The crew was waiting for him on location until he finally arrived.

This apparently had a cascading effect of consequences to the already delayed film. To not fall behind schedule any further and to make up for the time lost to the director’s gaming, the production staff supposedly told the crew that they had to work over the weekend, including the Father’s Day holiday. The Sun’s sources say this led to something of a mutiny as many of the crew members refused to work over the weekend.

The director showing up so late and the crew being asked to make up for it has evidently made a lot of people angry, with the crew unwilling to give up their holiday for Bond 25. The has allegedly led to a bad environment on the set of the film, with one person describing Bond 25 as “doomed.”

Missing a call time by a few hours because of a video game session resulting in a mutiny on set is a pretty wild thing to hear and obviously this would look pretty bad for Cary Joji Fukunaga if true. It wouldn’t be the first time the director has had some bit of drama surrounding him either.

There seemed to be tension between Cary Joji Fukunaga and True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, and Fukunaga did lose the director job on IT because according to him, the studio didn’t think it could control him. Despite that, for now this Bond 25 set drama should be taken with a grain of salt until there is further verification. It’s definitely not great if true, but even if it isn’t, Bond 25 still has its plate full with issues.

Basically, this is a movie that can’t afford more issues, so hopefully this latest drama is just the result of someone with an overactive imagination and a desire to stir the pot, because we all want to see 007 back on the big screen sooner rather than later.

Bond 25 is still scheduled for release on April 8, 2020. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what’s headed your way this year.

After Onward, Pixar’s Next Movie Will Go In Search Of The Soul

We only just recently got the first trailer for Pixar’s next movie, the suburban fantasy movie Onward. However, 2020 is a strange year for Pixar Animation Studios. Not only do they have two movies set to release, but those two movies are only coming out about three months apart. The second film is scheduled for release exactly one year from today, and so Pixar has given us our first bit of information about what the film actually is.

The Pixar Twitter account has officially unveiled the movie Soul. based on the description, the story will be delving deep into the very concepts of life itself. Check out the description below.

While the description is pretty vague, the idea that the movie will be exploring some of the most important questions of life itself makes it clear that the title Soul is referring to spiritual concept of the soul, that there’s something more to life than simply the physical manifestations of our bodies. These are some pretty heavy philosophical questions, but if there’s any studio that has shown a deft at dealing with some pretty deep concepts, it’s Pixar.

The movie will apparently take place in both New York City and in “cosmic realms.” The idea that the soul might exist in some tangible form in a cosmic realm someplace makes the movie sound a little like Inside Out, the Pixar movie that turned emotions into actual characters. However, we know that none of the movies currently on Pixar’s schedule are sequels, and so while there might be (or might not be) similarities between the two ideas, they are not directly related.

The other reason that Soul might be a “spiritual” sequel to Inside Out is that the two movies have the same director, Soul is being helmed by Inside Out director, and new Pixar studio head, Pete Docter. Docter also directed Up and Monsters Inc.

Beyond these details, nothing else has been revealed about Soul. We don’t know who the voice cast is or anything about the characters that cast will be bringing to life.

The good news is that we’ll probably get a few answers before too long. The first trailer for Onward, Pixar’s next movie after Toy Story 4 drops on Friday, launched less than a month ago, and that movie is nine months away as of now. This means we’re probably only a couple months away from learning more about Soul. There’s going to be a bit of juggling to do as marketing for both of these movies will be happening pretty close together. We’ll probably get our first look at Soul before we learn much more about Onward.

However, since Pixar is almost universally great at what they do, that’s a good thing. I don’t think we’d be seeing two movies from the studio coming this close together if there wasn’t confidence that both were ready. While 2021 will see a single untitled Pixar movie released, in 2022 we’ll go back to a schedule that looks like this, with one movie coming out in March and another set for June.

Soul will hit theaters June 19, 2020.

No Country For Old Men: 7 Big Differences Between The Book And Movie

Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss at the scene of the crime in No Country For Old Men

What happens when two of the most stylistically unique directors in Hollywood take on a book by one of the most stylistically unique writers in the world? The Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, shows exactly what happens.

Usually when a movie is adapted from a book, due to a myriad of reason the movie version tends to leave a lot out from the book or even change significant events because the two mediums are very different (obviously). No Country For Old Men is actually somewhat of an exception to that. When the Coen Brothers took on No Country For Old Men, they changed remarkably little in their on-screen adaptation.

Beat for beat, the tone, the twists, the surprises, basically everything important to No Country For Old Men‘s book is faithfully conveyed in the movie, but there are some big changes that are definitely worth taking a look at. So, I have.

Tommy Lee Jones as Ed Tom Bell investigating the shootout in No Country For Old Men

Ed Tom Bell Narrates The Entire Book

The biggest change between the movie and the book is how Tommy Lee Jones’ character, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, presents the story. In the book, Bell is telling the story as he investigates the drug deal gone wrong in rural Texas near the Mexican-American border, all while the hunt for Llewelyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin in the film) simultaneously goes on after Moss comes across the scene of the shootout and takes the money from the dead drug runners.

The movie opens with a voiceover monologue from Bell that is taken almost word for word from the opening paragraphs of the book to introduce the story. Throughout the book, each chapter opens with a similar monologue from Bell, but the opening voiceover in the film is the only time we get this from the character in the movie.

Whenever books are translated to film, there is almost always something lost in this way. It is hard to convey the thoughts and feelings of a character without their inner dialog that is easy to do in books. On film, doing something very hacky like constant voiceover monologues and exposition too often serves as a lazy way for filmmakers to fit these kinds of thoughts in films. The Coens are definitely not lazy and it presents a great challenge to tell the No Country For Old Men story without hitting the audience over the head with constant voiceovers explaining the action. It makes for a much more rewarding movie when the story develops naturally, rather than someone reading a book on tape with pictures behind the words.

Instead of the inner-monologue in the Cormac McCarthy book, much of Bell’s thoughts are conveyed to other other characters, like his revelation about the cattle-killing tool that Chigurh is using that Bell has in a conversation with Carla Jean Moss, Llewelyn’s wife, played by the wonderful Kelly Macdonald in the movie.

In that respect, the film does exactly what it needs to do to tell the story the same way it plays out in the book, without voiceovers, while telling the same story with the same tone. The Coen Brothers nail it and the movie is infinitely better for not having to rely on simple tricks to tell the story in the easiest way.

Josh Brolin confronts Javier Bardem in a hotel in No Country For Old Men

The Hotel Scene Is Changed Quite A Bit

The scene in the hotel, when Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem in an Oscar-winning performance, tracks down Moss (who is, again, carrying the money he took from the dead drug runners), is changed quite a bit in the movie from the book.

In the book, Chigurh kills the hotel clerk and takes a key for the room where he knows Moss is hiding. Moss hears Chigurh coming and hides in the room and gets the jump on Chigurh when he opens the door and holds him at gunpoint while they have a short conversation. Soon though, the conversation breaks down and Moss makes a break for it and the chase scene begins.

In the movie, it plays out much differently. After killing the hotel clerk, Chigurh shoots the lock with his bolt pistol – the tool used to kill cattle that Chigurh uses to kill the man in his first scene – which sends the lock into Moss’ chest, forcing him to flee the room by jumping from a window, after taking a shot at Chigurh with his shotgun.

What follows is the chase scene that forces Moss to scramble across the border into Mexico after getting severely injured, which is also pretty much exactly how if plays out in the Cormac McCarthy novel. Moss ends up in a hospital in Mexico while Chigurh recovers in a hotel room.

Josh Brolin takes out the dog chasing him in No Country For Old Men

The Scene With The Dog Doesn’t Appear In The Book

In the movie, there is an entire scene that didn’t appear in the No Country For Old Men book. In the scene, Moss is chased by a dog downstream after confronting the Mexican crew chasing him when he returns to the scene of the shootout to help the wounded man in the truck.

After being chased into a stream bed, Moss finds himself safe from the Mexican gunmen, but not their dog, which chases him down the river. Unable to shoot the dog at first because his gun is wet, Moss is forced to reload. Just as the dog jumps to attack him, he gets a shot off, killing the dog and allowing him to safely escape. None of this is from the book, but it adds a tense escape scene in the movie that works perfectly to create more action.

The murdered body of Llewelyn Moss in No Country For Old Men

Moss’ Murder Is Presented Very Differently

In the book, Moss picks up a hitchhiker and has a conversation with her about life and gives her some money from the case before encountering the Mexicans, who take the hitchhiker hostage and them threaten to kill the woman unless Moss puts down his weapon. When he does put down his gun, they kill him anyway. In the movie, this plays out much differently.

The phone call between Carla Jean and Bell, where she tells Bell where Moss also reveals his location to the Mexican crew chasing the money, the hotel where they are supposed to meet. This leads to Moss’ final scene in the movie. Moss meets the woman at the hotel pool where he is supposed to meet his wife and she invites him to have a drink with her in her room and has a conversation with her foretelling the shootout to come.

As Bell approaches the hotel, he hears gunshots and watches a truck scramble from the parking lot of the hotel and walks up on the scene to find Moss murdered, presumably by the Mexican crew.The way the Coens’ present the murder makes it much more shocking and surprising, adding a lot to the film and the consequences of Moss’ actions.

Kelly Macdonald as Carla Jean Moss begs for her life with Chigurh in No Country For Old Men

The Scene With Moss’ Wife And Chigurh Plays Out Very Differently In The Movie

Near the end of the movie Carla Jean is confronted by Chigurh in her mother’s house after she returns from her mother’s funeral. The conversation they have is similar to the book, but she appears much calmer in the movie than in the book. Plus, the coin flip and its results are very different in the book.

In both, she pleads with Chigurh to spare her life, that he doesn’t need to do what he is about to do. The major change is that in the No Country For Old Men movie, she tells Chigurh directly that she won’t make the heads or tails call when he flips the coin, like he had done in the scene earlier when he spared the life of the gas station owner. She tells him that it’s not the coin making the decision to kill, it’s Chigurh. In the movie, her death is implied, but not shown. In the book, the scene is slightly different, as she does make the call heads or tails call, but comes up on the short end and Chigurh kills her.

Tommy Lee Jones as Ed Tom Bell reveals his dreams to his wife in No Country For Old Men

Much Of Ed Tom Bell’s Backstory Is Left Out Of The Movie

In the book, there is quite bit about Bell’s life before the events of the novel that is explained. He reveals in No Country For Old Men’s novel that he is a Vietnam vet who abandoned his unit in a firefight and instead of getting in trouble, he was decorated with a Bronze Star. This event haunts everything he has done in life and he admits that it drives every motivation he has had since, to make try to make amends for his perceived transgressions in the war.

Bell also talks quite a bit about how different the modern world is from the one he grew up, people are less gentle not only in their actions — like the brutal shootout in the desert that kicks off the story — but also the simpler things, like being polite to one another. These thoughts are a not-so-subtle reference to the title, No Country For Old Men.

Bell’s Wife Is A Much Bigger Character In The Book

The last change from the book to the movie is Bell’s wife Loretta, who is a much bigger character in the book, with the two characters often discussing the case and its place in the larger world. In the movie, she is more or less pushed to the background and used as little more than a device to help Bell tell the story, appearing in only a couple of scenes at the beginning and at the end. These are when Bell tells her about the dreams he had about his father, which Bell tells readers directly in the book. Like other times throughout the movie, the Coen Brothers present Bell’s inner monologue in conversations with other characters.

On its surface, No Country For Old Men didn’t seem like the usual Coen Brothers-type of movie. A dark Western Gothic by a literary master didn’t seem like the kind of movie they would make, but the heart of the story is very Coen Brothers, without the typical farcical shenanigans of movies like Fargo and The Big Lebowski. It’s still the story of a man on the run with money that isn’t his being chased by multiple hunters with different motivations. In that respect, it’s exactly the kind of movie the Coens are great at making and just like the source material, the film No Country For Old Men is a masterpiece that didn’t need a lot of changing to tell the story on film.

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