Beauty and the Beast 2017 Review!

Happy Sunday friends! I was very exciting when my boyfriend called me and said that we have tickets for Beauty and the Beast opening weekend! A piece of information about me is that I loveeee Beauty and the Beast! Belle is above all others my favorite Disney Princess as I felt that she related to me as a kid. When I heard there was a movie being made, a few things crossed my mind. Firstly was who would play Belle, would the movie stay true to the original, how will the Beast look? All of these questions will be answered in the movie review so let’s get to it! bab1

Story: The setting of course is a little village in France where Belle and her father Maurice live. Belle is a girl wanting to read and escape the boring life that has sought after her for years. The Beast is a Prince who is cursed by an Enchantress for having a cold heart, the only way to break the curse is to fall in love and have someone love him.  To start off the movie, Disney stayed true to the starting of the animation. Belle (Played by Emma Watson) walks through the village to return a book and pick up items from town. Emma is a beautiful singer and the song is EXACTLY the one from the animation! As the opening scenes continue you notice that the townspeople regard Belle as a beautiful, but peculiar girl (as they call her odd, strange and funny while she walks by). You’re immediately introduce to some central characters like her father Maurice and the boastful Gaston, who tries to win her hand in marriage. The opening also bring sin a little of the backstory for the Beast!  bab2

As the story progresses you are reliving your childhood watching how Belle and Beast meets. How the characters in the house like Lumiere and Mrs. Potts interact with Belle and how Gaston tries at every point to make Belle his! Will Belle stop the curse and free the Beast and his servants from their dreadful demise? What I particularly loved was that the movie stayed true to the original animation version and songs , however, it still managed to add in more background information about Belle’s mom and the Beast’s past to make the movie really well rounded!

The Ambience: This movie did an absolutely amazing job with the scenes and feel of the movie. The symphony playing in the background was incredible. Original and new songs were given the right amount emphasis.   For instance, the iconic “Be Our Guest” song performed by  be-our-guest  Lumiere and all of the other servants was really well executed. The song was exactly the same, however, the performance of the song was a little slower than the original version. The version of this song used made me smile from ear to ear as the colors brought out the amazing feeling that Belle had to have felt. Each scene was shot in great lighting and the colors all blended harmoniously with the scene at hand. Listen I was smiling throughout the whole movie. Nostalgia hit me in the gut on this one.

The Characters: In my opinion Disney did a great job in portraying the characters. The actors and actresses really took on their roles and brought you into the story. The Beast (Dan Stevens) was portrayed really well and the costuming wasn’t outrageous. My only critique is while Gaston (Played By Luke Evans ) was pretty good, the appearance of Gaston wasn’t as bulky as I had imagined. Also, Gaston was a simpleton yes, but he wasn’t really villainous until about halfway through the movie. I also think that Belle’s father Maurice didn’t appear as helpless as he did in the animation (Boyfriend and I disagree on this point of view). I was also quite impressed with the amount of diversity in this film. Yes, there were different ethnicities represented that were clearly absent from the animation and it shows a progressive (and more realistic) movie. One of my favorite characters which may be a surprise, was Gaston’s buddy and right hand man Lefou (Josh Gad) lefou . This character was portrayed a little differently from the animation however, he was amazing. He provided the comic relief and the conscious for Gaston.

Check out the trailer here!

All in all I HIGHLY recommend watching Beauty and the Beast! I know I am very bias in that this is my favorite movie as a kid, however, I think that bias also made me critical of what could happen. My expectations were through the moon on this movie and in my opinion it was executed perfectly. There were a few things I scratched my head on like when Belle entered the village at the beginning of the movie she grabbed a loaf of bread, but when she left the bread was gone lol. That’s just a minor thing and Boyfriend didn’t even notice lol. I will tell you that this movie does pull at the heart strings and I wasn’t the only one crying at certain parts.

Play:

  • To watch a FANTASTIC reboot of the original Disney animation
  • To see Emma Watson Shine as Belle and bring the character (convincingly) to life
  • The antics of Lefou were amazing and the comedy added in really suit the film
  • Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Chip, Beast and all other servants at the Castle
  • Smiling all the way through with new and original songs

Skip:

  • If you don’t like Beauty and the Beast (The only reason to skip really)
  • If you don’t like singing throughout the movie (Although it wasn’t overly done)
  • If you don’t want to cry (I’m just saying, even some guys were choked up)

Thank you for reading my EXTREMELY bias review of the new Beauty and the Beast Movie lol. I will end here by saying I wasn’t the only one impressed, at the end of the movie the entire theater stood up and clapped (as we dried our tears).Are you planning to watch the movie? Have you seen it already? Let’s talk Beauty and the Beast! Have a fantastic week!

Luna 🙂

 

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Hidden Treasures 3: Allegiant!

Hiya Gamers, Geeks & Friends! Welcome to week 3 of the Hidden Treasures weekly post (click here to view Hidden Treasure 1: iZombie or here for Hidden Treasures 2: Nerve ). To familiarize you with the post, each Monday I will talk about an item that I believe is “Overlooked” and should have the attention of more people. This section can range from Video Games to Movies or Series. There overview done, now let’s get to this week’s topic the “Allegiant” movie. Before you decide to stop reading, hear me out on this movie and why I think that more people should give it a chance. I have read the Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant books by Veronica Roth. I was very excited when the films were being released and Divergent was one of my first film reviews (maybe I’ll post that review one day). This was the first time that I had read the book first and then watched the movie.

Allegiant is the 3rd movie in the Divergent Series (both the film and books). Divergent is the story of Tris and others who are raised in the post dystopian city of Chicago. The world as we know it is in ruin and the city of Chicago built up walls and a fence to guard against anything negative beyond the wall (sounds like Game of Thrones doesn’t it :-p). To keep the city and people under control they are divided into 5 factions in which the personalities of each individual will be utilized to further the succession of the city. divergent These factions are Candor ( The Honest), Abnegation (The Selfless), Erudite (The Intelligent), Dauntless (The Brave) and Amity (The Peaceful). Each one of these factions controlled an essential part of Chicago and allowed for the city to grow and prosper. The Candor controlled the courts, Abnegation ruled the government, Erudite were the Doctors and Scientists, Dauntless were the protectors and Amity were the farmers. Everyone co existed together harmoniously. So how were people placed in the factions you may ask? Well the teens had to take an aptitude test. The aptitude test that each citizen took as a teenager placed them in their correct faction in which they would live out their lives. This meant that some families would be broken up and the teens would go to live with their new “families.”

There were citizens who received test results placing them in more than 1 faction. This was considered being a Divergent as you did not fit into 1 category. Divergents are considered abominations and are sought out and disposed of. That’s the premise of the series. Now lets fast forward to the 3rd film Allegiant. Allegiant is the story of Tris and friends leaving their long time home in Chicago and heading out to see if there’s life beyond the wall. For 200 years they thought Chicago was the last surviving city and now they’re going to find a world beyond their comprehension. the_divergent_series_allegiant_hd_screencaps-21 The journey will even finally reveal what being “Divergent” really means. How would you feel if everything you have ever known and believed was turned upside down? What would you do?

Allegiant is the 3rd film and did not get as many ratings as the 1st and 2nd films. I believe that the decline in attendance was caused by the 2nd film Insurgent. Insurgent had a pretty good turn out in theaters, however the movie didn’t follow the books as much as Divergent did. A few of the concepts were a little weird and they made the movie in 3D which didn’t help out with the story line. Allegiant actually stayed pretty true to the book. In my opinion it was very well portrayed, the action aligned well throughout the story and you are able to see the connections within each individual character (I’m being pretty vague here as I don’t want to spoil anything in case you decide to watch 🙂 ). The movie has action, mystery and a bit of romance.

All in all, watch the trailer and think about watching Allegiant! Do you really need to watch Insurgent and Divergent first? I would recommend watching Divergent for sure. Insurgent, even though it wasn’t as good you can still watch for more back story, however, as I have stated it veered away from the book so I don’t really think it is needed to be able to enjoy Allegiant. Take a look at the trailer below and then make your choice.

Allegiant Trailer

Thank you for tuning in to this week’s Hidden Treasures! What movies do you really enjoy but many people have not seen? Have you seen Allegiant? If so, what did you think about it compared to Divergent and Insurgent? Let’s talk Movies!

“I don’t want to be just one thing. I can’t be. I want to be brave, and I want to be selfless, intelligent, and honest and kind. Well, I’m still working on kind.” -Four. This quote is from Divergent I know, but it still relates to Allegiant.

-Luna 🙂