Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beauty and the Beast - Movie Review

Genre: Musical, Fantasy, Fairytale

Director: Bill Condon

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

My Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis: An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

My Thoughts: Growing up, Belle was always my favorite Disney princess. She was well-read, kind, and overall a more idealistic role model. As such, I think it is safe to say that I was very much looking forward to this live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast and my expectations were high. I had watched the trailers and they were not impressive. The CGI looked strange on the Beast, as well on many of the other characters, and Emma Watson's singing was subpar. 

With all this in mind, I came out of the movie very happy and thoroughly impressed. The CGI looked SO much better in the actual film. In fact, most of the movie was stunning. I loved how authentic and... French the movie looked. This movie really honed in on the time period and culture from where the story originated from, more so than the 1991 animated film. The music, including the new songs, were so much fun. I was impressed with Luke Evans... I had no idea how amazing his voice was. He was, actually, my favorite part of the film. Unfortunately, Emma Watson was just not right for this role. She may have looked that part, but her singing voice was lacking and it was very obvious how auto-tuned she was in comparison to the rest of the cast. Lastly, can we talk about the cast? The cast they got for this remake was phenomenal... every single one of them. They all looked just like the animated movie! I loved it.

Overall, this film was so good. It hit me right in the feels and I left with tears of joy in my eyes. I don't care who you are... I feel like everyone will have fun with this movie. So please, please go watch Beauty and the Beast!

NOTE: I will not have a spoilers section because most people are already aware of what happens in this story. 

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