|Born and raised Mormon girl, and happily so!|
Well, just got back from the movies. Went with my family and a good friend to see "you know what."
I bet you've heard everything about that movie by now, and I won't spoil it for those who have yet to see it. I'll just say that, while I personally think the 1991 cartoon is better, the 2017 live-action still exceeded expectations.
For those of you already familiar with the 1991 version, you can guess how 90% of the 2017 version goes. Let's just say they made just enough tweaks and added just enough fresh songs to save it from becoming a total carbon copy.
Again, I'll spare you the details, but I really appreciate that they made Emma Watson's Belle more independent and resourceful; she only needed saving when she honestly couldn't do anything else for herself and she never took a shred of crap from anyone.
I think Lumiere was better in this one, but I prefer the animated Cogsworth. The only thing about this Cogsworth that really appealed to me was Ian McKellen's voicework.
But the best part of all was the Beast. Here, he's given a lot more depth, more charisma, and more sympathy. The way they "animated" him was pretty impressive, too. The best scene (and best song) of them all, by far, was his solo, "Forevermore." I plan to buy a copy of that song for my personal collection.
Overall, I'd rate this movie an 8 out of 10. I wouldn't mind owning both DVDs.
Even if the movie had fallen flat on its face, it was still a nice little escape. It's always nice to see a movie in the theater. I think I bought too much popcorn, though; I've barely made a dent in it.
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