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Beauty and the Beast 2017 Review

FYI, I watched this film almost two months ago although I wrote my notes well before this. 

I had low expectations when we watched this, so I like it better than I expected or at least I liked it okay instead of hated it? My expectations for Cinderella barely existed. A friend pointed out that Cinderella was rather a surprise, that it wasn’t emphasized very much. When movies get tons of attention, I often don’t like them because I forget that I don’t have the same taste as other people and raise my standards unintentionally. I prefer to know little going into books and movies. 

So, I had stacked my expectations (known and unknown) against Beauty and the Beast
~Not Cinderella 2015
~Not my favorite plot
~Star-studded (often means stars overshadow movie or character or change movie or aren’t really a good fit)
~A musical (I don’t dislike musicals; my favorite music is from musicals, but in terms of overall movie choice, I prefer a more developed story)
~Director of Twilight vs. Kenneth Branagh (no wonder Cinderella is so brilliant)
~My dissatisfaction with the casting and the suspicion that Emma Watson couldn’t sing, partially proven by movie clips
~The moral scandal (and yes, they did everything quite deliberately with the media focus)

What I liked
~Dan Steven’s voice.

~Evermore (I’ve listened to this so many times).

~Luke Evan’s voice (“Kill the Beast” is where his vocals really got me).

~Seeing Dan Steven’s facial expressions in the beast (that is so fascinating).

What I disliked aesthetically
~I preferred the bright, clear, sparkling, sunny visuals of Cinderella, and I prefer the greater depth in Cinderella that a non-musical allows.

~My favorite musical themes were cut short.

~I prefer the original version of “Beauty and the Beast.”

What I disliked in the plot
~In addition to the fact that a musical format doesn’t allow for much depth, this film had waaay too many plot lines and so none of them felt completed or deep. I always prefer simpler and deep to intricate and shallow (i.e. unfinished).

~The original movie had enough plot lines, this one added more and increased the old ones, so much so I felt that Belle and the Beast’s romance and the Beast’s transformation is eclipsed; both feel comparatively short or rushed, and I feel like they hardly get any attention at the end.

~Enough has been said on the moral issues that I won’t address it here except to state that besides the subplot being distraction, the immorality is also a distraction.

What I disliked about the casting and acting
~Star-studded casts often means stars overshadow movie or character or change movie or aren’t really a good fit and all three apply for Emma Watson in this; she overacts and cannot sing (you would think an excellent voice is essential for a role in a musical, but after seeing the movie versions of Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, I wasn’t surprised).

~I love Dan Stevens as Edward Ferrars, he is adorable, but he is not the Greco-Roman looking blond god-figure the animated version promised. He is sweet and candid looking, not the kind of handsome that can really pull off regal dignity and arrogance.

~I wasn’t happy with Luke Evans either, he is too old and not the fleshy, bold Gaston kind of handsome (I don’t think he handsome in this film at all), but I think he performed his role the best.


  • AmyNikita

    Great review! I also reviewed this a while back 🙂
    I totally agree with you about Stevens and Watson. Emma has her scores of fans, but I honestly don't believe she can act. And Stevens isn't much better – he's not natural, and looks like he's acting, instead of actually becoming the character.
    But I loved Evans 🙂 I thought he was excellent.

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  • Livia Rachelle

    Sometimes when an actor's personality fits a role as Watson's did for Hermione, people think he or she can act. I think this happens quite a bit plus Watson essentially played that one role that propelled her to fame and so people don't care about her abilities.

    The Beast didn't have much to act, I doubt Dan could have been convincing in anyway, he doesn't look the part, but his voice!

    I think Evans may have had more actual training in acting than the other two as well.

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