THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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BEAUTY & THE BEAST (2017)

When Disney announced plans to take its Best Picture-nominated 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast and do a live-action remake, I, for one, was not turning cartwheels.  Why take one of the best animated films ever made and do it again, because the majority of the film would STILL have to be animated?  I mean talking clocks, teapots, coatracks, candelabras, etc?  For some reason, Disney did not take my well-meaning advice and ergo we have the 2017 Beauty and the Beast.  I will say this: Emma Watson really is the only actress imaginable to play Belle.  She’s excellent and adds her own animation to this film.  However, unable to forget the original, I found that this B & the B couldn’t hold a candelabra to the 1991 film.  Especially Be Our Guest, which comes off as extremely busy.  Most of the big numbers do.  The only time this comes alive is in the romance, as strong as the original and the iconic ballroom dance between Belle and the beast (played by Dan Stevens, who only has his eyes to express his feelings beneath tons of CGI).  There’s a lot of talent here (Kevin Kline as her father, Ian McKellen voicing Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as the voice of Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts’ voice, Luke Evans as the bad guy Gaston) but the vision of the wonderful original is hard to beat.  Original songs sound great, if a tad different at times (lyrics were changed to fit this story better) although the cut songs from 1991 reinserted and new songs written for this production feel more like padding than enhancements.  When you finally get swept up in the romantic story between the two, the film finally takes off on its own and no doubt you will be misty-eyed at the conclusion.  But a remake of Beauty and the Beast could have waited a few more years, although maybe that perfect Emma Watson might have been too old to play Belle in another decade. 


TLA one-word review: disappointing

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