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Tweet Review: Beauty & The Beast

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3 Responses to “Tweet Review: Beauty & The Beast”

  1. EtGuild2 says:

    Your love of musicals is showing. I’m not a huge fan of these things, but “by far?” I’m not sure anyone else would argue this is “far better” than TJB or CINDERELLA.

  2. David Poland says:

    I like Jungle Book, but it is insanely overrated. Cinderella just isn’t very good.

  3. Hallick says:

    I just re-watched the original with the family a couple of weeks ago and saw this one yesterday. Emma Watson is a fine Belle, but…she’s just fine, not more. There were a few times, like during “Be Our Guest”, where it reminded me A LOT of watching that play-along-and-watch-the-puppet-do-its-thing acting of an unengaged guest celebrity on The Muppet Show.

    But most everything they did to alter and open up the original story worked better than I would have expected (Kevin Kline with the re-written father character, Luke Evans’ Gaston, the enchanted snow palace in June, the magic map visit to Paris, more detail added to Belle and the Beast’s blossoming friendship, etc).

    The extra sorceress material wasn’t better though, being too easy to spot early on and didn’t add anything necessary to the climax. My daughter also noticed that the worst technical decision, the digital alteration of Beast’s voice, sounded just like like Kylo Ren. They should have bolstered Stevens’ voice in more subtle ways rather than make Beast sound like a creepy cop show kidnapper making ransom demands.

    But all in all, it’s kind of a great “good” movie without actually being a great movie.

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