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”
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.
This is just stunning. The teaser and the two trailers for this film have been clinics on how to sell a film to an audience. The only criticism I can lay is I can’t imagine that any other rendition of the original Beauty and the Beast anthem that’s played over this trailer can equal the original, but so much looks so good that I’m going into this expecting something very special. Beauty and the Beast opens March 17, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #2 (2017) *Final Invitation*
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…..oh and here’s the Despicable Me 3 trailer and I’m sure Minions 2 isn’t far behind. Thank you, Disney and Pixar, for (mostly) carrying animation. Despicable Me 3 releases June 30, 2017.
Well, no sooner than I said earlier today that we should be getting a full trailer for Beauty and the Beast soon, and it appears! This is just stunning. So true to the animated film (my second favorite of Disney’s), and every touch seems right. Unlike The Jungle Book, this should be a musical, and in Alan Menken’s hands, with this cast, and Oscar-winning director Bill Condon…I think it may just give Mowgli and crew a run for their money. Continue reading Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #1 (2017) *Be Our Guest*