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Movie Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Has More Beauty than Originality

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[dropcap]D[/dropcap]isney has done a superb job at translating their lesser-animated movies The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon into fresh and vibrant remakes, but they’re playing with fire when tackling Beauty and the Beast. The original animated film is undeniably a Disney classic, having been so perfect it became the first animated film ever nominated for the Academy Award of Best Picture. These are some deep boots to fill and it’s rather unfortunate that director Bill Cordon stumbles in them as though he’s playing a game of dress-up with clothes much too big.

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Emma Watson is the new Belle.

Cordon does make an admirable effort though at trying to replicate the decadence and melodies of the original animated movie. All the familiar songs, characters, settings and story beats are present and accounted for. But much like a Broadway production of a Disney animated film the limitations can be felt. The opening scene with the energizing song “This Prudential Life” was a mesmerizing sequence in the animated film for a village brimming with life as Belle strolls through. Something feels lost when translated into live-action where characters don’t feel as lively or colorful. The film seems to be taking a more faithful approach to the era in that a village of this time period wouldn’t be as bustling or ecstatic in the morning hours. But if this were the case, why open with such an upbeat musical number?

Beauty and the Beast attempts to remain faithful to its source on a cosmetic level, but without much flair. Emma Watson slips on the familiar blue smock and the iconic yellow dress, but doesn’t seem to be as entranced by this fantasy as her animated predecessor. There’s stiffness to her as when she runs up a hill to proclaim how she wants adventure, standing firm more as though she’s projecting to a Broadway crowd than being inspired for more out of life. She doesn’t appear all that scared by the cursed Beast (Dan Stevens), but that is forgivable considering this monster is much more fetching than frightening. Even the musical sequence “Be Our Guest” features Watson not as impressed by the sight of household items serving her dinner, acting as though it’s her second time viewing this show and faintly smiling to be nice.

The chemistry between Belle and the Beast doesn’t seem as romantic as it should be for showcasing most of the original songs. Sure, both Watson and Stevens are decent singers for this material, but what good is that if they don’t have that indefinable spark of magic? Just watch the scene where the Beast reveals to Belle his old library with wall-to-wall shelves of books. Her reaction is less of awe and more as though Beast had just bought her a new car. There’s a strange lack of subtle charisma and emotion to their relationship that seems to be stuck in the rut of adhering to the animated movie. And considering how revered that picture was, it doesn’t bode well to be nostalgic.

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All the beloved characters are here…but is it as magical as the animated version?

One element that has changed greatly is the designs of the servants trapped in the bodies of household items. Now appearing with more realistic textures and designs, they’re scarier than the Beast when viewing the candelabra Lumière (Ewan McGregor) with his golden face and the wardrobe Madame de Garderobe (Audra McDonald) with her mouth of drapery. Strong talents from the likes Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci and Emma Thompson voice all the servants, but their designs occupy this strange dimension of the uncanny valley that tries to balance lifelike textures with cartoonish characters.

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This computer animation is not as uninspired as the movie’s finale where a CGI Beast hops from tower to tower, but I’d much prefer the cartoonish proportions of an animated Mrs. Potts that can defy her design than a delicate teapot that cannot deform. Some characters are just better built for animation and a talking teapot is certainly one of them.

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Cool or creepy?

When the film does try to veer off into its own picture, it unfortunately stumbles into much different territory that is ill suited for the tone of this story. There are a handful of scenes that better showcase Belle’s knowledge of reading and inventing, but it does little to affect the general story. The Beast is not only well-versed in books, but also has access to a magical atlas that can allow him to travel anywhere in the world. While this addition does provide an opening for exploring Belle’s tragic childhood (did anybody really want to see Belle’s pathos of a plague-stricken mother?), it doesn’t convey the Beast as a lonely soul, which needs the love of Belle.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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