Review: Beauty and the Beast Print E-mail
Friday, 17 March 2017 05:28

Rating:  No Zs

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  The Disney classic of Beauty and the Beast, re-imagined in live action form, is the story of an egocentric prince who is turned into a beast and must learn to love and be loved, or he risks never being returned to his human form again.

The Good:  There are several words that come to mind when describing Beauty and the Beast, however, the word that sticks out the most is “magical”.  That is what this film was, magical.  It was close enough to the original to bring out the nostalgia, but also had subtle differences to stand apart from the original in its own way and that worked well for this movie.  Every single song from the animated feature was just as good in this adaptation.  Emma Watson shines brightly as Belle, the independent female protagonist determined to find adventure and live her life fiercely.  The entire film has an array of amazing supporting characters including Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Josh Gad as LeFou, and Luke Evans as Gaston. 

The Bad:  My only real qualm with this movie was with a few of the new songs that were added that were not in the original film.  Some of the new songs were just a little slow and I feel that a few of them could have been a little bit more up-tempo.  There was also a little bit more added to the storyline that I didn’t feel was completely necessary and could have been left out.

The Ugly:  All the splendor and grandeur of the animated feature was definitely captured to a degree that I honestly did not think was possible.  The music, the sets, the cast were all fantastic.  Anyone should watch this film for the Be Our Guest number alone.  This film, of course, is not and will never be the 1991 Beauty and the Beast, however, it comes very close! 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale

No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an snoozing in this movie

Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie

ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film

ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie

ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping



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