REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast

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YAY! I made it, I watched Beauty and the Beast and I’m… I don’t know exactly how I’m feeling but I hope writing this will help me.

Okay so, if you don’t know about it, I’m a huge, huuuuge Disney fan. Imagine the type of fan who doesn’t live in a country with a Disney park on it and somehow still manages to go once a year. That’s me. I’m not your average ‘Omg, I love Disney movies too!’ type of fan, no. I’m more like “I want to buy Disney posters and fill my house with them”.

Beauty and the Beast has a special meaning for me, thanks to it I learned how to read. I used to have this little plastic book with illustrations of the movie and a cassette. I would put the cassette and follow the narrators words. I even remember the sound it made every time I had to turn the page. Cute memories. There’s also the fact that I think it is one of the best Disney animated movies ever made and the soundtrack… Oh, God. Don’t even make me start on the soundtrack because this will end up being a long, long post.

So, I was delighted by the beautiful cast the movie had. Ever since they said Emma Watson was going to be Belle, I knew she was perfect for the role. I had a lot of people telling me they didn’t picture her at all which struck me as odd because all I could see in her was Belle potential. I never really seen anything with Dan Stevens (the Beast) on it apart from the new fox tv show “Legion” I have yet to watch but I was delighted by his performance in the movie, though sometimes it was a little difficult to analyse because I was not really seeing him.  Luke Evans made such a great interpretation of Gaston, I was so charmed by him and angry, just like I always was everytime I saw Gaston in the animated movie.

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Josh Gad and Lefou presented a little more of a challenge. When Disney said that Beauty and the Beast was going to be the first movie to introduce a gay character and that this character was going to be none other than the villain’s silly sidekick I was a little bit unsure that it was the right way to introduce LGBT characters into Disney films. Not only Lefou was on the bad side of the story, making him one of the villains but also because his name literally means “The fool”, and I don’t know about you folks but I found it quite displeasing. I think everyone had their insecurities about the subject. But (and a strong “but”) after watching the movie I think it was amazing. I think my favorite part of the movie was a scene featuring Lefou, I was so surprised by how well they managed to save that. Josh Gad is really incredible and I’m really glad Lefou got his happy ending.

I don’t need to say anything about Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw or Audra McDonald because some of these are in my list of favorite actors. I think they were an amazing cast so I should mention Lucy Bevan in charge of the casting, I thought her job was done wonderfully.

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Of course that being a hella passionate Disney fan means that I’m a little bit critical. In this case not that much. My complain was that they didn’t include “Human Again” and instead wrote an original song that carried the same message. I didn’t expect for the song to be included since it was also cut from the animated version. However I thought they could have done a lot of creative scenarios with it. Sadly, they didn’t.

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My second complaint was perhaps the book the beast shows to Belle where they then proceed to travel to a small place in Paris where she was born. Even though I loved the fact that they told us  more about Belle I thought it was a little too much magic for me. I know it’s a fairytale and more magical things are shown, however I think we didn’t need another scene to add to the whole magic aspect of the movie.

I’m not even going to deepen in the way they played with Emma Watson’s voice and how auto-tuned it was. Instead I’m going to say I was glad this movie had a sort of musical vibe, they added more songs giving the film a Broadway adaptation style. My final little complaint was the dress. Belle’s dress was… I don’t know how to put it but… meh? It was as if Disney was making it easier for the people in charge of making Disney Store’s dresses.

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In general, Disney delivered a great adaptation much more developed and deepened than Cinderella. I know, I don’t like to compare either but it’s inevitable even though I personally loved Cinderella’s movie.

What about you? Have you seen the movie? Which Disney movie do you think should have a live action adaptation?

Hope we read each other soon!

PS: I have this other post where I talk about some facts about the original Beauty and the Beast movie, it’s pretty interesting! check it out if you feel like it 🙂

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Let’s talk about Civil War

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I might drop some spoilers so you’ve been warned! 


I remember mentioning I was a really big fan of Marvel so if you were expecting I wouldn’t talk about one of the most anticipated movies for me this year, you were wrong, I’m sorry!

I saw Captain America Civil War last week and because I’m obsessed with Marvel I went a second day the day after I watched it for the first time. Even though I know what you’re thinking (you crazy) it was useful because it gave me a new look about it.

So basically after Avengers Age of Ultron what became most important for me in terms of Marvel movies was this release. And when I talk about how excited I was to see it what I mean is that I was not ready (not when they announced it, nor when the trailer came out or when I saw it) I did not want to see Tony and Steve fight, I didn’t want anyone to die, I was going to suffer and I was not ready for that but I wanted to see the movie anyway because I guess that’s the thing about being a fangirl, you suffer but you’re okay with it.

One of the things that comes to my mind on the early stages of this movie when it was still in development was if it was going to be like the comics. For those who don’t know, the reason this was going to be a major event in the Marvel cinematic universe was not only because the Avengers would split in two and the main Marvel characters would go against each other but because at the end, Captain America dies, so yeah I was not ready for that! Even though Cap is not my favorite, in the movies he gained a lot of points for being portrayed by Chris Evans who is honestly a golden retriever puppy.

But Steve didn’t die so let’s talk about the movie and what I think about it.

So after reading the paragraphs above I hope you can imagine my excitement and the expectations, plus like I said in the sort of review I did of Batman vs Superman I pay a lot of attention to the reviews of the movies and Civil War killed it! (Entertainment Weekly gave the movie an A-) Everyone was saying this was Marvel’s finest movie. All these things made me go with really, really high expectations and I think that’s why the first time I watched it I think I was a little bit disappointed.

First of all, I didn’t cry, which for me was weird (I even brought tissues, don’t judge). I love Steve and Tony’s friendship but the main problem in the MCU is that the movie was presented as a big fight between these two close friends (Tony and Steve) and I feel like in the movies we don’t get to see much of this friendship, I don’t think they had much time to develop it. I feel like Tony thinks Steve is betraying him but in the movies they weren’t that close as they are in the comics.

On the other hand I thought all the characters were generally great, Black Panther and Spider-Man made a wonderful debut and were simply one of the best parts of the movie. I was surprised because I though Peter Parker’s cameo in the movie was going to be shorter and it actually was pretty long, I had faith in Tom Holland as Spidey and he didn’t disappoint, he might be the most accurate Spider-Man out there. When T’Challa appeared dressed as Black Panther I was holding a scream, so badass and majestic. I didn’t even watched him for half an hour and I already knew that as soon as the movie came out next year I was going to be the first one to buy tickets.

I also loved Wanda and Vision’s interaction, I’m glad MCU is developing this relationship, it’s cute and I was going to be really mad if they didn’t. Ant-Man was also an incredible highlight, I already said this but I’m so thankful for Paul Rudd in MCU. Not only he was hilarious but we got to see Giant-Man! An underrated character was Falcon, he was probably the funniest and loyal one and I feel like Anthony Mackie never gets recognition about it.

The plot was marvelous (he, he), Daniel Bruhl’s Zemo was surprisingly good. I didn’t read much of Zemo in the comics but I’m a big fan of this actor (meaning I love him) and I thought it was a great villan, really smooth. Robert Downey Jr. did his best work as Tony Stark and overall everything was amazing. So why do I say I was a bit disappointed? Well, when the movie ended I had the feeling something was missing, like it was not complete.

Now these two things I’m going to mention might mean nothing to you but being a big fan of these two characters in the comics and the movies I was a bit pissed. At one point of the movie Black Widow literally disappears and doesn’t come back anymore. All of Clint Barton in the MCU is just… ugh, I try to like it but that family storyline they made for him is horrible, they could have done more with this amazing character, they could have included his brother or something else but no, they created something completely out of character for Hawkeye.

The fact that after Steve admits he knew about Tony’s parents death they proceed to fight and in one moment you can actually see Steve losing control had me like “Why are you mad for? You’re not the one who just finds out your friend is almost betraying you for the guy who killed your parents” And I don’t mean to diss on Bucky because he was amazing and I love the character and the storyline but c’mon Cap!

At the end of the movie, Steve sends Tony a letter apologizing. For me, in that point you can see how The Russo’s (directors) did a great work trying to show the characters (Tony and Steve) as not bad or good but both bad and good. In this letter Steve sends he says Tony can stay with the Avengers that after all he thinks they have always been his but… hum… Steve stays with almost all of the Avengers at the end of the movie so I’m like ¿¿?? (Insert confused meme here)

So when I came out of the movie the first time I was like “I loved it!” but on the “I loved it” Level how much did I actually loved it? Does it make sense? I hope it does. The second time watching it I was able to enjoy it more I guess because I came out of the movie with another perspective. I got more emotional with the final fight and even more when Steve walks away with Bucky. I still have all my opinions of the first time I watched it but somehow I was a little more up in the “I loved it” level. Also, I’m thankful nobody died.

In conclusion, the things I didn’t like can be considered personal opinions, as to the movie in general I think it really is Marvel’s finest, I totally recommend it!

See ya!

 

REVIEW: The Jungle Book

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Hey people! After last post I decided I wanted to go a little light and do a Review of The Jungle Book which I saw on Friday.

A little background information: This movie was directed by Jon Favreau which for me was a plus since I’m a marvel fan and he directed the first two Iron Man movies aside from appearing in them, he directed Elf and though I’m not a big fan of this movie I know it has quite good reviews. Zathura and Cowboys & Aliens are also in his repertoire of well-known movies.

The voice cast is also something: Bill Murray playing Baloo, Ben Kingsley playing Bagheera, Idris Elba (swoons) plays Shere Khan, Lupita Nyongo’o (she’s amazing) plays Rashka, Scarlett Johansson gives voice to Kaa (Scarlett is my babe, I love her a lot since she gives life to one of my favorite comic characters also is the first time Kaa is portrayed as a female and if you stay until the end of the movie you can hear her sing in the credits) Giancarlo Esposito plays Akela and King Louie is played by Christopher Walken. Last but not least Mowgli is played by the amazing young actor, Neel Sethi, who I hope gets enough recognition because I thought he was incredible.

Ok, like I told you posts before (or not) I’m a big Disney fan… like big, big. So of course it’s a must for me to go to see Disney movies to the cinema. However, The Jungle Book is not one of those Disney classics I would say I love so I wasn’t so convinced about going to see it to the cinema. Sure I was going to enjoy it because it was Disney but I didn’t know if I should spend money on it or just wait until it’s on internet (illegally, you know)

I’m glad I decided to pay and watch it because it’s the kind of movie you need to see on the big screen. All the locations we see in the movie are totally made up, meaning computer generated and people might think that this gives some sort of fake image yet it was beautiful. These places are inspired in real ones from India but it’s like they have a more fantasy/magic look, more “Disney like” and they still manage to look real, I couldn’t believe this was made in a studio and not in a real jungle.

Same system was used to create the animal, and there are a lot of them! One of the first thoughts that came to my mind when I saw this movie was being made was that when animals talk in movies it looks horrible and very artificial but this was not the case for The Jungle Book. Though animals were fake they looked pretty much real.

Another pro for this movie is that it doesn’t follow the exact same story that the animated one. The Jungle Book (1967) was inspired by the book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling and the movie follows more the story of this book rather than the story of the classic Disney movie which I think is great because you don’t go to watch it thinking you already know the plot and what’s going to happen.

Neel Sethi (12) who plays Mowgli is absolutely amazing, I always admire actors who can do a good job when everything around you is green and you have to imagine what surrounds you and who you are talking to. I read that Jim Henson Company life-sized puppets were used to act alongside Mowgli to help Neel and serve as eye-lines.

I suck at reviewing, usually I just tell you what I saw and like (or sometimes didn’t) trying not to spoil you anything. Anyway I totally recommend this movie, I cried, I laughed and I sang which for me it’s the definition of totally worth it.

See ya!

PS: I want Bagheera and Baloo as parents please.