Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

If she is the one who’ll break the spell, you must finally learn to love…

Beauty and the Beast is the live action adaptation of 1990s animated classic. It stars Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Sir Ian McKellen and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

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A retelling of a story where a prince is transformed into a hideous monster where he must find someone who will truly love him in order to lift the curse that’s surrounds him and his castle.


The Good

One of the best things about the animated classic are it’s musicals, as cheesy and theatrical as they are they are fun to watch and to listen to. Glad to say it’s the same case in this live action remake. From the opening song to the grand ballroom dance sequence they got the musicals down and even adding new songs didn’t hinder this movie’s ability to deliver on that front.

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The cast is great however Ewan McGregor as Lumiere undeniably stole the show. He’s a lot of fun to watch, he’s incredibly charismatic and funny and it’s a delight every time he’s on screen.


The Bad

There’s very little complaints about this movie, the biggest is the movie is almost a shot by shot take on the original, there’s nothing groundbreaking about it and being a shot by shot remake kind of hurt this movie just a bit.


Rating

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Overall Beauty and the Beast is still a lot of fun, the musicals were great to watch. Emma Watson did a good job as Belle and the Beast though doesn’t have the feral animalistic features of the animated one is still good. The supporting casts were also good and even Luke Evans as Gaston is entertaining. The movie looks great overall from the custom design to the talking furniture, the movie manages to make you believe that Emma Watson is talking to a tea cup or a candelabrum. Highly recommended for families or lovers as a date movie.

Good Bad 3.8/5
  • Musical Set Pieces
  • Lumiere
  • Ballroom Dance Scene
  • Nothing New
  • Beast is not very Beasty

Movie Review: The Jungle Book

No matter where you go or what they may call you, you will always be my son.

Having remade several times both through animated and live action, is Jon Favreau’s take on the classic novel and remake to the 1967 animated classic worth checking out?

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When a truce between the animals of the Jungle is broken, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) has no choice but to leave his wolf pack as he runs away from the menacing Tiger, Shere Khan, who will stop at nothing to eliminate Mowgli.


The Good

Glad to say Jon Favreau’s adaptation of The Jungle Book is nothing short of amazing. All the scenery and animals were computer generated but they looked incredible. From the twists and turns of every branch to the single strand of fur of the animals, everything was rendered perfectly and it looked seamless.

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Accompanied by the visual appeal is the voice acting. All the voice actors/actresses were great, Bill Murray as Baloo was fun and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera is also played to perfection. However Idris Elba as Shere Khan steals the movie. He commanded every scene he’s in and more importantly he’s incredibly intimidating but more importantly dangerous. Idris Elba was exceptional as Shere Khan and easily one of the best movie villains out there.


The Bad

There’s very little to complain about the movie and they’re all very minor. Neel Sethi’s performance as Mowgli fluctuates as sometimes he’s great in a scene and could be bad at another. To his credit, majority of the time he’s acting in front of puppets and he’s doing a good job. However there are several scenes that made it obvious that he’s only talking to puppets.

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Another problem are the small inconsistencies, there are a few but they are very noticeable. Seeing as this is a remake of the animated movie by Disney, they do bring several songs from the classic movie and though they were mostly great, some songs felt out of place and it diminished the atmosphere around the scene.


Rating

With only minor inconsistencies, Disney’s The Jungle Book is possibly one of this year’s best movies. It’s visually impressive, brilliantly voice acted and it’s without a doubt a movie that kids and adults would enjoy. It captured the essence of the Rudyard Kipling novel as well as the animated classic and it merged it into a near perfect adaptation or live action remake.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Amazing Visuals
  • Incredible Voice Acting
  • Idris Elba as Shere Khan
  • Minor Inconsistencies

Movie Review: Zootopia

Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.

Zootopia is Disney’s latest animated feature film and it’s a lot smarter, bolder and funnier than expected.

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Officer Judy Hopps is a newly recruited police officer stationed in the sprawling city of Zootopia. Unfortunately being as the first bunny rabbit in police workforce is not an easy task as she is often stereotyped. However when an opportunity presented itself in a form of a missing animal case. Officer Judy Hopps volunteered to take the case in hopes to prove her doubters wrong as well as establish herself as a real cop.


The Good

Whenever Disney Animation brings out a new film, it’s guaranteed the animation would be top-notch and that’s exactly what we have here. The art and animation is beautiful and it’s gorgeous to look at. The city of Zootopia itself was lively and the way the city was set up to accompany the different ecosystems was done extremely well.

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The two leads, played by Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps and Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde, were likable. They played their parts perfectly and both had great moments through out the film. The unlikely partnership of a fox and rabbit was a treat to watch on screen.

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The biggest surprise however, was the underlying message within this movie. From racism, sexism, xenophobia to stereotyping one species after another, it tackled these issues extremely well. It was a mixture of subtle and clever approach to which kids may not notice it but adults will exactly know what the movie was talking about.

The jokes were funny, there was a lot of great laugh out loud moments and even jokes that would only appeal to adults and as pointed out, was cleverly done.


The Bad

The movie can be a little predictable at some point however this is such a minor issue. It’s not worth talking about.


Rating

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Zootopia is easily one of the best movies this year. Disney did an amazing job from the animation, characters, to the cleverly addressed social commentary, they did everything right. The jokes were hilarious from the sloth scene shown in the trailer to an incredible Godfather parody. It’s definitely worth checking out and it’s highly recommended to all families humans and animals alike.

Good Bad 4.8/5
  • City of Zootopia
  • Likable leads
  • Laugh Out Loud Moments
  • Beautiful Art and Animation