Beauty and the Beast: Movie Review

Hello everyone,

Here is another movie review, which was one of my most anticipated movies Beauty and the Beast.

This is the one I was very concerned about because out of all the live action adaptations, this is the one I remember seeing the original in theaters. But I have to say is that I really love this movie.

The plot is basically the same as the original in which a prince gets turned into a beast by an enchantress and has to fall in love in order to break the curse.Belle is a smart girl who dreams of something more. After her father gets imprisoned by the Beast, she takes his place. If you are familiar with original you pretty much know how it the story goes.

While I will say that the original animated version is better, but the 2017 film did a great job at recapturing the magic of the 1991 version, and reintroducing the story to new fans who haven’t seen the original. It was great hearing the original music and I loved the new songs such as, How Does a Moment Last Forever, and Evermore. They even fixed a few plot holes such as how long the cruse take, and  Belle’s mother.

Emma Watson did a good job at playing Belle, while the singing could have been better, you felt as if she was the live action version of Belle, but there was a few bits of Hermione in there, with her loving books.

Dan Stevens, who portrays the Beast also does a good job as well. While he didn’t have the same aggressiveness like the original. He does do a good job at portraying the Beast’s softer side when he begins to fall in love with Belle.

Luke Evans plays Gaston, and he was amazing really playing up the alpha maleness of Gaston trying to woo Belle, with of course Belle not having any of it and I actually like is the portrayal of Gaston a lot better than the original, with even more doucheness as the original.

Even the supporting characters had a lot more development than teh original such as Le Foe who was more than just Gaston’s lap dog, and the servants who even had more to lost from the curse.

In the end, Beauty and the Beast was a great adaptation of the original, that felt as if you were loving and watching the original. The new songs are great, and adds to the movie I am very excited to see what other live action Disney movies come out.

Grade: A

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Current Favs not Books

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

February 1st: Current Favorites that Aren’t Books
— Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from books and talk about some other things you’ve been obsessed with. These all don’t have to be in the same category. Mix it up! What TV shows have you been enjoying, makeup you’ve been wearing, food you’ve been eating, etc.?

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Another great topic because while I do love my books sometimes its nice to take a break and enjoy other things so here is some other stuff I like.

Doctor Who

One of my favorite timey whimy shows. Its been going on for over fifty years, with many different incarnations of The Doctor. The show takes you on an adventure through space and time.

The West Wing

If anything is going to get us through this political climate it is The West Wing. Giving us Jed Bartlett the greatest fictional president of all time, with a well acted cast of characters you have one of my all time favorite shows.

Star Wars

One of my favorite film franchises of all time, Star Wars gives a world set in a galaxy far far away, and with new movies coming out each year it is always good to see Star Wars back in the mainstream. I love all things Star Wars, not just the movies but the TV Shows, the video games and the Expanded Universe.

The Movies of Quentin Tarantino

One of my favorite film directors, Tarantino always has a style to his film making. I always get excited every time a new movie of his comes out. I loved his movies ever since I saw Pulp Fiction and has never stopped.

Disney movies

I maybe in my late 20s but I don’t care, I love Disney movies, especially the animated movies. When you find out there is a new animated movie there is still excitement. I love the classics and even the new ones.

Honorable mentions: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, Firefly, The Americans, The Fallout series, Lost, Hamilton.

Those are my current favorites that are not books. What are you current favorites that are not books? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Disney Book Tag

All right here is another book tag that looked interesting because I love Disney and why not combine it with books

It was saw it in Angie’s Blog so I decided to give it a try.

The Little Mermaid-a character who is out of their element or a “fish out of water.

My answer would be Cress from the Lunar Chronicles. After spending most of her life in a satellite, the way she looks at the world is amazing and is literally experiencing everything for the first time and that is what I love about the character.

Cinderella-a character that goes through a major transformation

Neville Longbotton from Harry Potter. A character that started off as dweeb that everyone picks on to basically the hero of the entire series, lead Dumbledore’s Army while Harry was away and stood up to Voldemort himself.

Snow white-a book with an eclectic cast of characters

The Lunar Chronicles. Each of the characters all play role in defeating Levena and work together. They are basically the Fairy Tale Avengers. They all have different personalities and skill sets that make them different from one another but also relate to each other.

 

Sleeping Beauty: a book that put you to sleep.

The Winner’s Curse: I know this book has a fan base but I really found the book to be very boring and uninteresting. The characters were very flat and the plot was weak.

The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Eden from the Legend Trilogy: He had most of family killed aside from Day. Then gets experimented on by the Republic which blinded him temporarily.

Beauty and the Beast – a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

A Song of Ice and Fire-mainly A Dance with Dragons. When I first saw the book and how huge it was. But the book was so good it only took me two days.

Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

Queen Levana from Lunar Chronicles: She always wanted to be loved and the crown. But at the cost of her sister, and the man she loved.

Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire: She spends a majority of The Clash of Kings pretending to be a boy in order to protect herself.

Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Harry Potter. I know most people have this as an answer but come on who wouldn’t wish the Harry Potter characters were real.

Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

Tywin Lannister from a Song of Ice and Fire. While Joffrey and Cersei are more crazy and evil. Tywin is a planner, a strategist and knows how to get things done and make alliances in order to become more powerful.

That’s it. I know most of my choices were from Harry Potter, Lunar Chronicles and A Song of Ice Fire but those are my favorite book series.

If you want to take part and if you are reading this than you are tagged.

Zootopia Review

Over the weekend, I saw Zootopia which is the latest Disney animated film. The movie is about a bunny named Judy (Ginnifer Goodwin) who wants to become a police officer in Zootopia and constantly has to prove herself that as a bunny she could be a good police officer. She has to solve a missing otter case and in order to do so she calls for the help of Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) a sly fox.

What I liked about the movie was at first the characters, both Judy and Nick have great chemistry and I like the fact that they don’t get together in the end. I also like the theme which is basically about discrimination and how we shouldn’t judge each other, but it did it in a way that didn’t try to beat you over the head with its message.

I also liked the subtle animal humor it had which reminded me a lot of Bojack Houseman and who animals live in that world. There was also some adult humor which included a great Breaking Bad reference.

I think this was one of Disneys best animated movie in the past couple of years, and I think they are still on a roll.

Grade: A