Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)


Live Action Remake (1991)

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



Review:
It's been a while since my last movie review!  I just saw this movie today (Tuesday) and I thought I'd share my thoughts and feelings with you all.

1.  The visuals.  I feel like there's no other way to start this review.  The visuals were by far the best part of the movie.  They were so realistic and clean and simply beautiful.  The whole movie was just beautiful.  The director and producer really brought in that fantastical element and pull you right into the story.  It's the stuff dreams are made of, really.  Also, how the motion capture was so seamlessly combined with live acting was flawless. The design of all of the characters that aren't human is gorgeous and I think they did a fabulous job with the adaptation from all animation.

2.  The characters/acting.  Perhaps I'm a bit biased because I'm a huge Emma Watson fan, but I thought all of the actors/actresses did a splendid job and brought their characters to life (literally).  I felt myself completely immerse in the story because everything was just so authentic.  Gaston (played by Luke Evans!!) was also very vivid and I loved Evan's take on him.  The Beast also did very well.  I was worried he wouldn't be able to act to his appearance and truly fill up the character but I shouldn't have.  He totally nailed it.  The casting was just truly excellent.

3.  The plot/romance.  I also saw the live action Cinderella and going in, while I did think I'd like this one better, I still thought it would have that fantasy feel and be a bit boring because you know what will happen.  I also shouldn't have worried about that because they did such a good job making an old story seem fresh.  While it did still feel fantastical, it drew you into the fantasy and made it feel real and suspenseful and hopeful and joyful.  They kept the plot moving along nicely and it was such a joy to follow Belle and the Beast's romance.  It truly is a slow burn and it's such a wonderful slow burn at that. (can you tell I love this movie yet??)

4.  The setting/music.  I also have nothing but good things to say about this element of the movie. The set and costume designers did such a wonderful job creating a fantastical atmosphere that felt truly magical.  (Belle's gold dress is also so stunning)  I loved how they kept the same feel as the original but made it their own.  The music is equally stunning.  If you haven't heard the soundtrack yet, you need to listen to it asap!  My favorite songs have to be Evermore and Belle's reprise (the dining scene song and visuals are also truly amazing).

The Final Verdict:
Honestly, I have nothing but praise for this movie.  I love Emma Watson's portrayal of Belle, as well as all of the other acting.  The plot was beautifully unfolded.  The best part, though, are the visuals (just look at the posters!)
5 stars

12 comments:

  1. I'm glad you loved it so much. It sounds like everyone is loving it. I'll probably see it when things die down. It's still way too busy for me.

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    1. Yeah, it seems like everyone is going to see it! It is quite the anticipated movie. Basically all of the theaters in my local movie theater for the first 5 days after it's release were dedicated to showing it! I hope you like it as much as I did, Jenny :)

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  2. I'm so glad you loved this movie! It's so great! I need to see it again!

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    1. I do too! I was expecting it to be good but not that good :)

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  3. Ah, I'm so glad you enjoyed the film! I saw it a few days ago in a completely packed cinema & loved it as well - I had a few issues with some of Belle's scenes (I'm not sure if Emma Watson was the best choice for this character, to be quite honest; she has all the spunk but little of the softness that makes Belle whole) but overall, I thought it was fantastic. Seconded so much on the visuals & soundtrack as well! It's crazy to me how immersive & gorgeous of an experience it was - I can't wait to see it again. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, friend. xx

    Topaz (Six Impossible Things)

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    1. I actually really liked her in the role! I thought she really modernized Belle and made her more than a pretty face. To each their own :) Thanks for stopping by, Topaz!

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  4. Excellent review! I don't think I could have put it better - it was amazing! :)

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I have to say, it's sometimes such a struggle to write a positive review because it's just 'I loved this!!' but somehow I actually wrote words :D

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  5. There aren't enough words to describe how much I loved this movie, either! Great review of it all. :)

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    1. Haha I'm so glad I'm not the only one :D It's such a beautiful film! Thanks for stopping by, Moriah!

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  6. I am so happy you were able to enjoy the movie so much! I am hoping to go see it this Friday and I am really looking forward to finally getting to watch it. I am really looking forward to dresses, and also to the magical soundtrack that is going to be playing in the movie. But it sounds like the plot is really good to and the adaptions made to the original version :D

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    1. Ooo I look forward to hearing your thoughts! I think you'll like the costumes very much :D Belle's golden yellow dress was so stunning. I haven't seen the original in a while actually but from what I remember, yeah, it did follow it well (and if there were deviations, they didn't impact anything too severely). I'll definitely have to rewatch that soon! Thanks for stopping by, Olivia!

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