(A/N: I’m also using the official screenplay for this scene
to describe some of the actions)
Right, so in this scene you have the two couples of the movie
– Newt/Tina and Jacob/Queenie.
First of all, let’s start with the obvious Jacob/Queenie in
The screenplay states that they are “getting on famously” – he’s watching her intently as she talks, hanging onto every word she says and clearly taking an interest in what she’s saying.
He obviously feels sad for her (and Tina) when she tells him about their parents because she says “oh, you’re sweet!”
Then he says to her, “Could you stop reading my mind for a second?” – she looks a little offended, a little upset, and that’s probably because she’s used to people asking her to stop reading their minds even though she can’t help it. He sees that because he hurriedly says “Don’t get me wrong, I love it!” – and she giggles (HER GIGGLE IS EVERYTHING OH MY GOD)
As written in the screenplay: “QUEENIE giggles, delighted, captivated by JACOB” – SHE IS CAPTIVATED BY HIM, DO YOU UNDERSTAND?
Jacob compliments her on her cooking, saying that it’s “the best meal” he’s ever had – and he’d know because he’s a cook as well; Queenie obviously knows this because she’s so touched and laughs “Oh, you slay me!”.
“I ain’t never talked to a No-Maj before!” – don’t you just love how Queenie is as interested in his life as a No-Maj as he is in her life as a witch? It’s so wonderful how they take a genuine interest in each other’s lives from the very start
Screenplay: “QUEENIE and JACOB gaze into each other’s eyes” :’)
“I am NOT flirting!” – oh, but you kind of are? Just a bit?
Screenplay: “JACOB is suddenly very pale and sweaty again, although still trying to look good for QUEENIE”.
Queenie immediately appears concerned and asks “Oh, hey, you okay, honey?”
JACOB IS IN A PINK BED READING WHAT IS PROBABLY ONE OF QUEENIE’S BOOKS AND WHAT IS PROBABLY HER SLIP AT THE END OF THE BED LIKE DO NOT TOUCH ME
SCREENPLAY: “As TINA shuts the door, JACOB gets a quick glimpse of QUEENIE in the other room, wearing a much less demure dressing gown”
“Thanks…very much” *obviously staring at Queenie*
Queenie knows – of course – and she’s fucking beaming at him like a saint, I LOVE IT
Like, seriously, this scene is so wonderful for them :3
Now we have Newt and Tina’s slightly more subtle
Not really a Newtina thing, but Tina’s face when Queenie says “Tina is the career girl” – like, gosh, absolute FUCKING cinnamon roll right there. And don’t you love how it cuts to a shot of Newt reacting as well? JJJ
THEY ARE BOTH JUST SO UNCOMFORTABLE DURING THE DINNER SCENE HOLY SHIT – it’s like, WHY AM I WATCHING THEM FLIRT?!
When Jacob says “this meal is insanely good”, Tina looks over at Newt – the filmmakers didn’t put shots of them sharing looks for no reason, THERE IS ALWAYS A REASON FOR A SHOT
Screenplay: “NEWT and TINA sit opposite each other, uncomfortably silent in the presence of such affectionate behaviour”
Tina is totally wishing she could flirt like Queenie in this scene, don’t lie, which is why Queenie then announces “I am NOT flirting!”
And then Tina looks totally embarrassed because Newt looks at her like “???” and she’s like “FUUUUCCK”
She takes a really long moment to start speaking, it’s like “okay, how do I recover from this, how do I pretend I wasn’t just thinking about cute his freckles are in the candlelight”
Screenplay: “TINA looks put out.”
Can we appreciate how she offers Newt (and Jacob) the bedroom, like, she barely knows them and yet she offers them beds.
“Okay, you guys can bunk in here” – Newt looks kind of like “…Oh…right…”
Tina then tilts her head, and I honestly think she’s thinking to herself in a small voice “I’m just trying to be nice though”.
NEWT IS TUCKED IN A BLUE BED NEXT TO A BOOK CASE. THAT IS FORESHADOWING AND I WILL NOT HEAR OTHERWISE – WHEN I THINK TINA, I THINK BLUE AND GREY AND BOOKS.
Tina knocking on the door “tentatively” (screenplay words, not mine!)
SCREENPLAY: “TINA, with some frustration, pointedly places his cup on the bedside table”
She’s noticeably irritated that he doesn’t even react or move (again, screenplay says it)