Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Would you please “Be our guest” as we revisit Disney’s animated classic in the live film adaption? Beauty and the Beast is not my favourite film (gasp in horror here). In fact, at a younger age I would find myself mocking it due to all the mushy (somewhat girly) romance themes. Regardless, I have to admit, Beauty and the Beast is ultimately a Disney classic for many with a solid story and many musical numbers that will stick in your head (and heart) forever.

In case you’ve been locked up in a castle… the story is about a young prince, who becomes imprisoned in the form of a Beast due to his selfishness. The Beast can only be freed from the spell by the power true love. An opportunity occurs when the Beast meets a young woman named Belle. 

This isn’t the first time that Disney has turned one of our favourite animations into a live adaption. Previously we have seen live-action remakes of the Jungle Book and Cinderella which have all proven to be worthwhile at the box office. I’m pleased to say that once again Disney has succeeded and Beauty and the Beast has been successfully transformed into a live film.

Beauty And The Beast’s strongest praise are the characters and the solid casting choices. If I’m honest, Belle (played by Emma Watson), is fun and very easy to fall in love with, but it’s actually the film’s supporting actors that receive my biggest praise. These include Belle’s father (Kevin Kline) and of course, the naughty handsome man, Gaston (Luke Evans). When I heard the actor Luke Evans was playing Gaston I was a little concerned as this role is so different for the actor, but credit where credit is due, he absolutely nailed the character and blew the role out of park… 

Visually, as I expected for a Disney film, Beauty and the Beast is outstandingly colourful and has audio effects that should be highly praised. Beauty and the Beast will have the cinema crowd tapping their feet at the returning classic musical tunes and the 3 new, unexpected musical numbers. Besides, it wouldn’t really be Beauty and the Beast without the song “Be Our Guest” right?

The only one minor flaw for me is the pacing of the film. Many key scenes felt rushed. Certain characters will make an announcement about going somewhere and suddenly they arrive within seconds while other scenes could be classed as a little dragged out. As mentioned, this is a very minor movie issue but I found myself a little surprised at times, as if the film just decided to fast forward for the sake of the film’s runtime. But, being a Disney movie, I’m sure this minor issue will not bother movie goers, in particular the younger generation.

Overall, it was exciting to revisit Beauty And The Beast with added fresh direction and an outstanding cast performance. Even if the film does feel very similar, and sometimes is a shot for shot remake of the 1991 animation, it promises to bring back great memories for many or perhaps create new ones for those who have never heard the tale.

7.4/10

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Leona (Barbara Stanwyck) is an invalid woman stuck at home on here own. She waits for her husband to come home from work at night but for some reason he is running extremely late and Leona has not been informed of his whereabouts. With a phone by her side table, she...

Proxima (2019)

An astronaut receives an invitation of a lifetime. Sarah Loreau (Eva Green) accepts a position in the new space mission called "Proxima". This mission allows Sarah to go into space along with two other astronauts. Sarah has been waiting for an opportunity, such as...

The Lovebirds (2020)

A couple meet up and fall in love at first sight. Leilani (Issa Rae) & Jirban (Kumail Nanjiani) are in absolute heaven while in each other’s company and are smitten with romance. Fast forward to the present day, the two are now living together and have several...

I Married A Monster From Outer Space (1958) – OUT NOW ON BLURAY!

Bill (Tom Tryon) is sharing a few drinks with his friends on the day before he gets married. Instead of having a late night, Bill decides to call it early and drive home. However, as Bill is driving home, he notices a strange body on the road, and he decides to stop...

Black Water (2018)

A man named Wheeler (Jean Claude Vam Damme) wakes up in a prison-like cell with a bad headache, struggling to remember how he got there. Soon he discovers that he is not the only one locked up. In the room next to him is a man named Marco (Dolph Lundgren) and it is he...

The Gentlemen (2019)

Michael Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) owns a highly profitable marijuana business which he built from the ground up. For personal reasons, Michael decides he now wants to move on from this life. He begins to have discussions with another wealthy man who expresses an...

Lieutenant Jangles (2018)

Set in the 80s, Brisbane, Australia, the crime rate is at an all-time high. Gangs are roaming the streets, and the body count is rising. One cop is willing to take all the villains on. His name is Lieutenant Jangles. Lieutenant Jangles (Matt Dickie) and Dickens...

1917 (2019)

This film is set over the course of one day- the 6th of April, 1917. Two soldiers, Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) & Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay), are ordered to travel by foot and deliver an urgent message. If they can deliver the urgent...

In The Line of Fire (1993)

Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is a secret service agent who investigates possible threats made against the president’s life. Frank has been working as a secret service agent for some time now.  He has been in the game so long that he was even one of the agents...

Bombshell (2019)

Based on a true story and actual events, Bombshell tells the story of a group of women who work at Fox News. Hard-working news presenter Gretchen (Nicole Kidman) is sick and tired of being harassed on air by her fellow news presenters. To top it off, she was wronged...

Trick (2019)

A group of school students celebrate Halloween by getting drunk and playing games. But during the night one teenager named Trick Weaver attends the party wearing a pumpkin mask and decides to never take it off during the night. But at this party, something triggers in...

Dolittle (2020)

Dr John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.) is a physician who has learnt to speak to animals. After his wife passes away, the good Doctor decides to go into hiding from the world, keeping his hurt and suffering to himself. Suddenly he hears that Queen Victoria is extremely...

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (2019)

Based on a true story. Set in the 90s, Mr Rogers aka Fred Rogers (played by Tom Hanks) is the host of his own TV show titled "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". Through his show, Fred Rogers had desires to share positive messages, particularly with young children. Some of...

Dune (1984) – OUT NOW ON BLURAY & DVD!

Based on the well-known novel by Frank Herbert. Before I begin, it should be known that this is my first time watching Dune thanks to the recent Blu-ray re-release by Lionsgate. I'll also confess that going into this film I wasn't familiar with the novel or any...

Little Woman (2019)

Based on the well-known novel, Little Women focuses on four sisters who share many challenges and hard times together. While the film tells many stories about all of its characters, the lead in this film is one of the sisters named Jo March (Saoirse Ronan). Jo is a...

Georgy Girl (1966)

A lively woman named Georgy (Lynn Redgrave) is dealing with many challenges in her personal life during the 60s in London. Georgy lives with her female roommate who excludes Georgy from joining her on any outings. This leaves Georgy sometimes feeling jealous of her...

Top Secret! (1984)

Rock and roll singer, Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer) accepts an invitation to travel to Germany and perform live in concert.  While visiting Germany he soon falls for a beautiful girl, and Nick finds himself involved with the resistance who are attempting to...

Judge Dredd (1995)

Set in the near future, Police are no longer required. The future has changed.  Not only do we have flying cars and a world of sci-fi, but the law enforcers are now known as street Judges. Judges have the power to trial criminals on-site and carry out a sentence...

Color Out of Space (2019)

Based on a short story written by the famous H.P. Lovecraft. Color Out of Space follows the Gardner family. The family live on an isolated farm living a quiet life since leaving the noisy city lifestyle. Soon a large meteorite lands right in front of their home. At...

Come To Daddy (2019)

Norval (Elijah Wood) receives a strange and mysterious handwritten letter from his father. The reason why it's odd is because Norval hadn't heard from his father since he disappeared 30 years ago when Norval was just five years old. Norval accepts the invitation and...

Underwater (2020)

A group of researchers work for a drilling company underwater in the deep blue sea. But after an unexpected earthquake erupts in water, tragic begins for the crew. The underwater facility is heavily damaged what is left of it is falling apart to the bottom of the sea....

Extraction (2020)

Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) lives in Australia as mercenary. He spends his days drinking and jumping off cliffs. Based on Tyler’s daily lifestyle, it’s evident that he has a dark past which haunts him every moment of his life. Soon the mercenary is offered a...

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

Welcome to the official third instalment to Jumanji. Once again, this film follows young Spencer (Alex Wolff), but this time Spencer is struggling with a few personal issues including a recent break up with his girlfriend. Spencer also lives long distance from all his...

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Based on the well-known videogame character, thanks to Sega. Sonic lives a peaceful life within his homeworld until the hero himself becomes in danger. The only way to be kept safe and stay alive is to use one of his magical rings which allows him to a new dimension....

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017)

In case you’ve never heard of him; David Stratton is a very well-known film critic in Australia. Best known for his tv series “The Movie Show” which also featured another respectful film critic, Margret Pomeranz. A Cinematic Life is generally about the man himself,...

We Die Young (2019)

Our film follows multiple characters who become connected. Starting with a war veteran named Daniel (Jean Claude Van Damme). Daniel is new to the neighbourhood and requires drugs which helps him deal with his wounds from fighting wars in the past. He is also unable to...

Vivarium (2019)

A young couple Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) are struggling to find the perfect home. Gemma is a teacher and Tom does maintenance repairs and garden work at the same school Gemma works at. After work, the two decide to visit a new real estate agent...