A Movie Review of Beauty and the Beast

by , Wednesday March 29, 2017
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A Movie Review of Beauty and the Beast

A Movie Review of Beauty and the Beast

An awesome movie seen and reviewed in light of our writing competition

 

 

This Tale As Old As Time made it's very first appearance on the big screen in 1991 as a cartoon, grossing $425 million world-wide and as of right now, it currently holds a 92% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - and became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film took home the Academy Award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song - and in 1994 it became Disney's first animated film to be adapted into a Broadway Musical.

 

The animated version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast gained so much success that it spawned two follow-ups: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) and Belle's Magical World (1998). There was even a spin-off television series called Sing Me a Story with Belle, which aired on TV in 1995.

 

However, this year, Disney decided to take Beauty and the Beast one step further... By making it into a live-action movie. Yes, Disney has been taking alot of their older animated movies and turning them into live-action ones.

 

I am very excited about this, however some people might argue that the originals are way better than the new ones, but that works both ways (Trust me, I know). But we are not going to go into detail about any of those other movies at the moment because this review is based on the long-awaited, live-action version of Beauty and the Beast!

 

The movie starts off with the narrator telling everyone how the prince - the beast - became the beast. A beautiful ballroom scene takes place at this time, just before the enchantress shows up and places the beast under a spell. Dan Stevens puts on a good performance as the beast as well as the prince, but probably could have done just a tiny bit better with both roles.

 

As we skip along to the next scene, we are introduced to Belle, played by Emma Watson. Now, here are where the problems really begin... First off, the auto-tune is super, super high, making her sound completely perfect and unrealistic all throughout the movie. However as we get further into it, I notice that Watson's acting seems rather unrealistic too.

 

It seems as if she is portraying the character of Belle with hardly any effort, leading to a very boring, very plain type of character. To be quite honest, I think Watson could have done way better than she did, but that's just my opinion. She made a beautiful Belle, she just didn't act believably. Those words, however, can't be said for Kevin Kline who played Belle's father, Maurice. Kline's performance of Maurice was beautiful and well done. In my opinion, he couldn't have done a better job and I didn't really find anything wrong with his performance either!

 

Honestly, it was well done and very nice to watch. As we move on to Gaston, played by Luke Evans, I can't help but feel as if this could have been better too... Gaston is a character who thinks very highly of himself and tries to impress Belle alot - and he does try a couple of times in the movie. I think Luke Evans did a wonderful job on portraying Gaston, yet, I believe that he could have improved. I also believe that the script writers should have gotten more creative with this character. Like I said, Gaston is all about himself and trying to impress the ladies.

 

As for the rest of the cast, it was wonderfully portrayed. Some parts probably could have been better, but it was still pretty good. However, please be warned that most of the characters do not sound French at all! The movie is supposed to take place in France, right? Well, all of the characters sound British to me, which I found very disappointing considering that the story is actually supposed to be taking place in France. 

 

Aside from the acting is another important note, the graphics. Now, I couldn't help but notice that in some areas the picture almost seemed, well, fake. There was an affect on certain areas and you could tell where things were digitally done; especially when the castle was involved. My advice to Disney would be to take it easy on the digital work next time. Still, the artwork and design was beautifully done and amazing!

 

Moving on to the music, you'll see all of the old timeless classics, plus some new material, including a new song sung by the beast himself!

 

Two of my favorites from this movie are 'Belle reprise' and 'Be Our Guest'. 'Belle reprise' is one of my favorites because of the interaction the town has in this song and how they get to sing certain lines. I guess since it's live-action, I just like the song more because of how beautiful the scenes are and how wonderfully it's performed. 'Be Our Guest' is also one of my favorites in this movie. The music, lyrics and the scenes that take place within the song in the movie are simply magical! There is a beautiful scene in this song which I really like, and it is very well done as well.

 

Now, before this movie even came out, there were articles everywhere about how it was the 'first' Disney movie to include a actual gay scene. To be quite honest, I wasn't even going to go see this movie when I heard about that. Before you go all crazy on me, let me explain why.

 

First of all, I am a Christian. That does not mean that I hate people who choose to be that way, however I simply disagree with them. Yes, you are right, we all have our opinions and we all make our own choices, and this is my opinion on the matter. I have been raised to hate the sin, but love the sinner, however, I very much disagree with Disney doing this and let me tell you why..

 

Kids, under the age of ten - even older kids up to age of eighteen - SHOULD NOT be exposed to this in a children's movie! I love Disney and their movies, however they are doing as many o ther companies have and this might not be a good idea for them. Why? Think about it. Kids, we're talking kids who are not old enough to be thinking such things. My niece is six, and she was supposed to go see this movie with her mother when it came out. I do not know if she went--And ultimately it is her parents' decision about the matter--but I really don't think children should be exposed to this through a childrens movie! That's another thing - this movie was intended for children in the beginning, and also for the children at heart, but I really disapprove of this move by Disney.

 

However, there wasn't actually a gay scene in the movie, it was just hinted at a few times. Still, alot of parents are very upset about this and I can't say that I blame them. As of right now the movie currently holds a eighty-six percent Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, has grossed over six million dollars and is rated #1 in the world!

 

Overall, I would give this movie 3 out of 5 Movellas Stars. The acting could have been better in some places, they went a little too digital in some areas and the fact that this movie is supposed to be for children yet they still placed these little hints in there with Lefou... Yeah, I give it 3 stars.

 

This tale as old as time has been brought back to the big screen and has been brought to live-action so we could see it in a new way. I hope that you will still check this movie out and decide for yourselves if you like it or not. Things could have been done better, but it was still quite beautiful.

 

Remember not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.....

 

 

      3/5 stars

 

 

Thank you to Popstar_17 for writing this review

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