Ok so some of us have seen Beauty and the Beast by now, yes? *SPOILERS POSSIBLE*

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Ok so some of us have seen Beauty and the Beast by now, yes? *SPOILERS POSSIBLE*

I really expected not to love this movie. The CGI in the previews reminded me of Oz the Great and Powerful which I thought was perfectly awful. And Disney's track record with live action adaptations has not IMO been strong. Paired with the fact that I love the animated movie and I love the Broadway version and I expected that the movie would either be "safe" (read: boring) or go completely off the rails (we've seen Maleficent, right? I was a little concerned that Beast would die and Gaston would live), I really thought this movie had no option but sheer and utter disappointment.

WRONG!

Music - All of the most beloved songs are still in the movie, some with adapted lyrics, but the spirit of the Menken/Ashman masterpieces is undisturbed. For the new songs (three, I believe?), Tim Rice did a fantastic job of blending his lyrics to the story and to Alan Menken's beautiful music. The new songs advance the story and fill in backstory simultaneously. A+ on music.

Actors & Actresses - I didn't pay much attention to the cast other than I knew about Emma Watson, but Kevin Kline was genius at Maurice. Emma Thompson, Ian McKellan, and Ewan McGregor were stunning as the household objects. I don't follow much who's who in Hollywood anymore, so I don't remember his name, but the gentlemen who played Gaston and Beast were absolutely fantastic. The only weak spot for me was Olaf as LeFou. I felt like he was overboard silly. Like Josh Gad forgot which move he was filming. Or maybe he's just s silly actor and I just don't care for his style. I felt like at any second he was going to break the fourth wall and start talking to the audience. Overall, A for acting.

Story - There was a lot of verbatim dialog, but it works. There were some small strategic tweaks that made the story more genuine and the backstory elements were just brilliant. Even knowing the ending and not having high expectations, I was captivated from beginning to end. A+ for story.

Costumes - Really beautiful and genuine with one notable exception: Belle's yellow dress. I thought it was a little too much like a sundress. The dress that Belle wears at Enchanted Tales with Belle is that heavy, luxurious crushed velvet and I thought something like that would have fit the occasion better, but in a way I kind of like the lighter, airier dress. I don't hate it; it just wasn't what I expected. The powdered wig addition struck me as slightly odd. Not out of place for the setting, but not previously referenced in other versions of the story that I've seen. A for costuming.

Cinematography - For 90% of the movie, it was great, but there were a few times when I was trying to focus on details in the picture and the camera was panning all over the place or zoomed i too far to keep the scene grounded. I'm going to say B.

CGI - The household objects were tremendously better than I had anticipated from the previews. I was expecting to rate them a D, but they were probably about an A-. The CGI for the final battle scene, however, was just as horrible as I feared. Overall, CGI is a C+ for me.

Overall, I give the film an A. I star true to the original without being an exact carbon copy and the additions make sense and enhance the existing story. It's a very rewatch able movie and I'll be excited to add it to my collection. It reminded me a lot of the remake of Cinderella without the weird lizard-man faux pas.

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We saw it yesterday. Loved the movie, all of it! Go see it!

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I'm not going to get to see this for another week or two so I only read the first half of your review. I'm so glad to hear that people who were skeptical have been loving it!

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I saw it on Thursday. I liked it! As a huge Harry Potter fan I struggled a bit with Emma Watson as belle. Had to remind myself it wasn't Hermione laugh but I love Emma. As for the yellow dress, I want it! I may have drooled over it when I saw it in one mans dream at Hollywood studios.

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Emma Watson was totally underwhelming. She has a weak voice and her acting is stiff and lacks emotion and I don't think she has the IT factor. Her big numbers were right at the beginning of the movie and they disappoint, but it picks up after that. Other than that, it was very good. Luke Evans, who I had doubts about, was really very good.

But I can't help thinking what an Anne Hathaway or an Amy Adams would have done as Belle. I don't know what Disney was thinking casting Emma Watson, unless they were trying some half-assed marketing scheme aimed at the HP fan base.

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I LOVED it! My only major gripe is that couple of times they'd zoom in on something specific and then would blur everything behind it and would spin the camera around. There is probably some technical term for this that I don't know, but I hated it. It made my eyes tweak out. One specific example I can think of is the couple of times they'd zoom in on the gold detailing coming down from the ceiling in Belle's room. Just no. Stop doing that.

I thought Emma Watson was ok but not spectacular, and Josh Gad wasn't right for me as LeFou, but neither of these were a deal breaker. I really, really enjoyed the movie. I loved that they added a couple of new elements, but still gave me exactly what I wanted in staying true to the original. I also love the Broadway score and kind of expected at least some elements of that to come in (maybe the Beast's song), but it still worked for me as is.

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I am going to see it on Saturday I can't wait, I am glad that everyone is seeming to really like it for the most part.

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I seen it Sunday gone, I really enjoyed it, I wasn't expecting to and was really nervous about it especially because the original is my favourite Disney film. For me I think they cast every character perfectly except Emma Watson as Belle. I had the same issues trying to see her not as Hermoine but as the movie progressed you do tend to forget so I was pleased about this.

I 100% agree with the comments of the camera zooming round, I originally thought it was just my eyes with my contacts in sometimes I can't pick up fast moving scenes and I really struggled with the gold detail scene for the dress and when it was panning around the castle. I thought the new additions to the story line was really good with the back stories and think they portrayed Gaston perfectly!

I really was overall surprised at how much I enjoyed the film and I would definitely see it again.

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Happy to see the positive reviews. I have been waffling on going to see it because it is my favorite movie!
Thanks for sharing!

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It is also my favorite and I didn't care for it at all. The extra songs added about 15 minutes to the movie that were unnecessary. Be Our Guest was butchered (I've seen it better on stage) What Allie said about the focus and also the fact that some scenes looked so fake I focused more on that. Emma Watson seemed a good fit from the previews but overall, no. I really had no desire to know what happened to her mother. The "earring" or whatever that was on Mrs. Potts. LOL, I could pick it apart all day. it just wasn't for me. Heck, I didn't even cry at the end, I always cry at the end!

I went in with an open mind and I've had a couple days to think about it and feelings haven't changed. Just my opinion. At least I have a couple of friends who have agreed with me silly

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I am going tomorrow, so will report back. I am still just not sure...

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As a rule if a movie does not have aliens, a car chase, excessive gun play, explosions or a combination thereof I don't watch it lol. wink

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I avoided this thread until I saw the movie. I saw it last night. I liked it a lot, but I can't say I loved it.

The scenes panning around the room made me dizzy.

I thought Emma Watson did a good job but it could have been better. During the scene where she was attacked by wolves, I kept waiting for her to pull out her wand and put a spell on them. LOL

What is up with Mr Potts??? Why wasn't he at the castle when the spell was placed on them? He could have been a coffee urn.

I was disappointed in the Be Our Guest scene.

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Be Our Guest was the most disappointing aspect for me

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JoAnn C wrote:

What is up with Mr Potts??? Why wasn't he at the castle when the spell was placed on them? He could have been a coffee urn.

I literally laughed out loud. This was definitely a missed opportunity!

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