Beauty and the Beast (2017)

The final part of the Toronto ComiCon weekend meet-up with Drew is our Friday’s night movie going adventure to see the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Drew and I both have Disney segments on our respective blogs and it really highlights how much we love it in general. Plus, we just finished our 90’s Blogathon so hey, it all fits perfectly together. As objective as we would like to be, it is hard to not compare it to the original animation. I am just going to be honest here before we start.

Lets check it out!

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Director: Bill Condon

(Voice) Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ian McKellan, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson

The beauty of animation is how magical they can be because they are imaginative and creative. To bring something like that to life creates a lot of challenge. There has be matching music and atmosphere and most importantly, the magical chemistry that we can feel with these characters which is usually easier to believe when its animation than in real life. I would be lying if I didn’t go into Beauty and the Beast optimistically skeptical. Why? I haven’t watched anything from Emma Watson since Harry Potter series ended and I only know Dan Stevens as the creepy dude in The Guest and an extremely small part of Season one of Downton Abbey. Not a lot to compare to and I didn’t really look too much at the voice actors either. The question now, after a few days of the initial excitement and thinking about it: does it live up to its original? The answer is no. I have to reluctantly say that because of a few aspects. However, I also never expected it to live up to the original so I still had a lot of fun with it.

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Beauty and the Beast’s best part is creating its atmosphere and the world. It is absolutely gorgeous. The effects and CGI put us right into the setting of the town and especially the castle and forest areas. There was a darker tone however, it does manage to capture a great part of the magic that made the first one great. Of course, the original animated film offered up some of the most beautiful animation with its rich colors and catchy musical tunes. That comes to the second part that gives this movie something more. While retaining a lot of the music from the original, they manage to put a few new songs in. The nostalgia and magic of the old music still is the fun parts of the movie plus it shows a true determination of creating a animated film with this one that stays true to a musical with actually not a lot of dialogue.

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Belle is one of my favorite heroines/Disney princesses. To be honest, Emma Watson did a decent performance. I can’t say that she was particularly memorable though. She fit in well because she had a good enough singing voice and the movie’s overall magical appeal swept me away. That isn’t to say that I didn’t like her. I just can’t really pinpoint a part of hers that stuck out to her. On that note, her chemistry with the Beast worked well enough that the story made it easy to fall in love with the story again even knowing what would happen and in that final scene where there’s that twist, I had tears in my eyes, which was definitely unexpected. Turning over to Dan Stevens as the Beast, his face was pretty much CGI and yet perhaps it is because of that, it was easier to keep it imaginative. When he was angry at the beginning, there were moments of fear and later as he softened, his features also made it so much more gentle. There was so much more to love in how Dan Stevens portrayed the Beast than Belle which seems to be the opposite of how I remembered the Disney animation.

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The stars and the most dynamic characters of the original was almost always these supporting animated enchanted characters. Who knew that clocks and candelabras and teapots could make us fall in love with them, right? That is something that really stands out also in this live action. The voice cast is a fantastic ensemble with Cogsworth being voices Ian McKellan, Lumiere by Ewan McGregor, Mrs. Potts by Emma Thompson and of course, the man who tends to sneak into every movie in some supporting part and almost makes it shine, the grand piano (Maestro) by Stanley Tucci. I loved them the most in this live action adaptation (or is it a remake?). There are so many similarities to the original but somehow their enchantedness makes it easier to imagine them in this way.
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Finally, we can’t not talk about the most self-absorbed villain, Gaston. I honestly like Gaston quite a bit and his sequences especially the Gaston songs and bits are quite humorous in the animation and I’m pretty happy about how they approached this character and Luke Evans take on it. There were a lot of funny moments and it helps a lot. The ending battle with the Beast was a little underwhelming but it was never meant to be overly long even in the original. Gaston isn’t really a true threat ever. I’m not sure any believes that he’ll amount to anything too much especially not when his right hand man is Lefou who is just there for comedic relief. Josh Gad didn’t quite stand out as much either.

Overall, Beauty and the Beast is a decent live action take of the original. In comparison, it is hard to meet the original’s masterful animation however there is still a lot to love especially because this one takes good care in creating a beautiful environment and magical atmosphere. The winter and snowy landscape with the dark but beautiful castle captures lots of mystic, especially watching the take on the castle falling apart as the magic wears away from each rose petal falling. While some characters are a little underwhelming in their portrayal, the majority did a pretty great job however the magic of the story itself did carry itself and shadowed the shortcomings in the moment.

Have you seen Beauty and the Beast?

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Another re-post as we move into the next movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise. It’s Fast and Furious 6! Right when thought Fast Five was some crazy stuff, this one brings in some even bigger and better fun! Check out my review! Not much as changed from how I feel about it. I edited a few little mistakes and fixed up the pictures a little.

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Are you excited? Furious 7 review going up any time within the next 12 hours ūüėČ

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My boyfriend and I finally got to the last movie of May that was on our hit list. ¬†its one that is the top one on my list for the summer, Fast & Furious 6. ¬†Being at the theatre almost every week makes all the commercials feel long, but then the previews were different with the new World War Z trailer and the new Pacific Rim trailer. ¬†Nothing beats the moment Fast & Furious 6 started and we pick up right where Fast Five ended ūüėČ

fast and furious 6 posterDirector: Justin Lin

Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, Joe Taslim

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) start off this movie almost like how this last one ended up with a race.  Except this time, we see them…

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Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

My boyfriend and I finally got to the last movie of May that was on our hit list. ¬†its one that is the top one on my list for the summer, Fast & Furious 6. ¬†Being at the theatre almost every week makes all the commercials feel long, but then the previews were different with the new World War Z trailer and the new Pacific Rim trailer. ¬†Nothing beats the moment Fast & Furious 6 started and we pick up right where Fast Five ended ūüėČ

fast and furious 6 posterDirector: Justin Lin

Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, Joe Taslim

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) start off this movie almost like how this last one ended up with a race. ¬†Except this time, we see them settle down as Mia (Jordana Brewster) has her little baby. ¬†Good times can’t last forever and just when they had decided to not go those crazy projects again, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) comes by with another assignment for them but this time with a bigger bait to reunite the family. ¬†Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) was spotted as part of a major group lead by ex-military Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) who had bigger plans except he had already taken down a whole military convoy. ¬†With the exchange of giving Dom and his team pardon for everything they had done, he employed them to gather together and help him with this assignment. The team was the same as last time save for the two Mexican drivers with Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris). As the assignment gets further, the situation gets bad to worse when Owen Shaw is a lot more than they had ever encountered before.

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I’m trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible. ¬†That plot could be full of excitement! I’m going straight out to say that I LOVE THIS ONE! If you have read my Fast Five review (or if you haven’t, its right HERE), these movies are loud, explosive, intense and fun. ¬†Its something you walk into and just watch action over and over again. The story is usually really basic and there’s always one objective to everything. ¬†This time, we get a bit more. ¬†The story is still straight forward but we bring in some more slowed down moments to incorporate the story of Letty and what happened. ¬†She is an important part of this group and is part of the family so it was worth the time to put that part in and I appreciated them for doing that.

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The last few Fast and Furious and made us acknowledge that Justin Lin has got this franchise so well in his mind. Its his baby that he picked up from a low point and brought it to its full potential. In this one, he doesn’t hold off one little bit. ¬†He throws us everything in the playbook. ¬†We get back our street racing and then the team has a surprise fight with tanks. ¬†We get weirdly modified supercars with some crazy technology that makes them change the way their cars are made. ¬†We get the crazy ending scene with a plane. Lots of gunfight or just close hand combat. ¬†Its packed with a lot of awesomeness!

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They keep their funny dialogue from mostly Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris that usually makes everyone laugh a bit in between all the loud explosions and action-packed moments. ¬†The team is the same as before so if you’ve been following the franchise, it feels like home because we know them from the past few flicks already. However, I’m not exactly sure if there are people that would see this if they haven’t seen the previous one at the bare minimum. ¬†This one links a lot of the past ones together and I felt all nostalgic in the opening credits sequence.

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I never talk much about the bad guys in this one because the focus is the team themselves. ¬†This time, we have Luke Evans playing the cunning and smart Owen Shaw. ¬†His team is one that is tough and a match to Dom’s. ¬†Shaw is somewhat cold-blooded because he doesn’t really care much about the sacrifices of his team but at the same time, he is extremely confident in his plans as they are almost always impenetrable. ¬†This one is a tough cookie and his team really does kick some serious ass.

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Fast & Furious 6 is on par with Fast Five for me. ¬†I took a night to think about it before writing this up. ¬†This one is loud and explosive. ¬†The ending hour at the minimum was intense like crazy. ¬†This movie is a 2.5 hours movie and it does not feel like that at all. It feels absolutely awesome to get into such an anticipated movie and get exactly what I wanted and maybe even more. ¬†I loved every minute of it and its a definite Blu-ray purchase when it comes out ūüôā Plus, stay just a little bit to see the actual ending that’ll lead us into the pre-producing Part 7, because it blew my mind!

As much as I’m a bit skeptical of James Wan being the new director to do Fast 7, and I’m wondering what else could he possibly do to make it any more than this one was? With what I saw at the end, I’m still really excited!!!