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Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017) “Tale Told Nearly As Well As Last Time”

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast was the most critically acclaimed animated Disney feature since Snow White, so the live-action turn was going to get incredible scrutiny even before Jon Favreau made a better Jungle Book than either the Disney animated film or the Kipling books.  So whomever followed that was going to have a high bar to clear or even match, and when it was followed by Beauty and the Beast, the early praise and jaw-dropping trailers we’d been seeing for nearly a year have experienced a load of critical backlash in the last month.  It IS a very difficult movie to review and compare to the original, but this is not the 70% film Rotten Tomatoes currently rates it at.  While this live action version of Beauty and the Beast does not reach the perfection of the 1991 film, it is the second fantastic musical we’ve had released for the screen in three months (at some point I may have to stop saying I hate musicals).  While comparisons can’t be avoided, and there are some pitfalls, Beauty and the Beast continues a stream of quality re-imaginings of Disney’s animated works, presenting an absolutely gorgeous, moving, film. Continue reading Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017) “Tale Told Nearly As Well As Last Time”

Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #2 (2017) *Pretty Much What Meets The Eye*

I try to make it a policy not to pre-hate movies (I reserve the right to occasionally diverge), with the exception of the Transformers series as directed by Michael Bay.  The Transformers were, and are to many people in my generation, an integral part of our childhood memories and Bay has despoiled them.  If they’d ALL been awful from the start I’d understand it more, but the first film was not bad.  It was flawed, but I got my chills moment of Peter Cullen’s voice emerging from a live-action Optimus Prime.  Since then, they’ve been crude, noisy, unbearably long, stupid, occasionally racist, degredations of everything that made the Transformers cool.  Also there’s been a weird move to make Optimus Prime act less and less like Optimus Prime until apparently he’s just the villain in this film.  I say apparently, because this trailer is weird.  It’s shot like a documentary of the life of a little girl who likes bots until things get splodey at the end.  Oh and in case you thought anything has changed, Grimlock barfs up a hatchback.  It’ll make a billion dollars.  Whenever they pry Bay from this franchise, if they even manage to get a genuine fan in the director’s chair, I don’t think you could undo the damage.  But since there will be one a year now, we’ll probably find out.  Transformers: The Last Knight will open June 23, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #2 (2017) *Pretty Much What Meets The Eye*

Trailer Time: Despicable Me 3 Trailer #2 (2017) *Of COURSE He Has a Twin Brother*

I really liked the first Despicable Me a whole lot more than I thought I would.  Despicable Me 2 was just a blast and boosted me into Minion Mania!  Then Minions came out, and I was over the whole thing and was hoping it would all just…..aaaaand Gru has a twin brother.  His name is Dru.  They look like pudgier versions of the Woody Harrelson twins introduced in Now You See Me 2.  That was a franchise killer.  Just saying.  Despicable Me 3 releases June 30, 2017.

Gru, Minions, Despicable Me 3

Trailer Time: Wonder Woman Trailer #3 (2017) “Origins”

After last August’s Suicide Squad, the next installment on DC’s road to Justice League is the Wonder Woman solo film.  The third trailer for the film is the best yet, focusing on Diana’s origin and her her first journey to the world of men during World War I.  I have had issues with some of the dialogue in past scripts, but this seemed much better, focuses, and this film has looked gorgeous since it was unveiled at Comic Con.  It’s got a tough spot on the summer schedule surrounded by Pirates 5 and Transformers 5, but if things keep looking this good and franchise fatigue finally sets in on either the bots or Jack Sparrow, WW could carve out the beginnings of a franchise of its own. Starring Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Chris Pine, and David Thewlis as Ares, Wonder Woman is scheduled to open June 2, 2017.
Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot

Trailer Time: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer #1 (2017) *The Final Adventure?*

It’s been interesting that in marketing Pirates 5, Disney has gone out of its way to have as little as Jack Sparrow in its marketing as possible, focusing more on Javier Bardem’s villain (who is still the star of this trailer), Geoffery Rush’s Captain Barbossa, and new characters.  This trailer lays out Salazar’s beef with de-aged Johnny Depp (which looks pretty spot-on) and finally Jack’s current status which is pant-less.  I thought this was a pretty good look at what we can expect and was intrigued by the use of “The FInal Adventure Begins”.  Is this the last Pirates film or the beginning of a multi-part final go-round with the maddening Sparrow?  I think the first Pirates is among the best action-adventure films of all-time.  I think if you combined movies two and three, you’d have had a really good movie instead of an average second film and one of the worst sequels ever in the third film.  On Stranger Tides was nowhere near as good as the first, but it was a step back in the right direction and gave the character back his wits and canniness which the sequels had stripped him of.  He’s supposed to be eccentric, but he’s also supposed to be better than everyone, not a moron.  Well, kind of a moron, but in a savvy way.  More on the plot below.  Sandwiched between Alien: Covenant and Transformers 5/Wonder Woman, it will be interesting to see how much staying power this franchise still has.

Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters on May 26th, 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tells, Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp