Beauty and the Beast (2017)-Film review

Beauty and the Beast is a live-action retelling of the classic animated Disney musical from the 90s. The film follows Belle, an intellectual young woman who is mocked by her village for being able to read. Belle longs for adventure outside of her ordinary town life, but when her Father is locked up for trespassing in a mysterious castle in the woods she trades places with him and becomes prisoner to the cursed Beast that resides there. The Beast, and all the servants of the castle, have been cursed for many years due to the shallow nature of the Beast, and only by finding true love before a magical rose wilts can the spell be lifted. Time is almost up, and so the Beast and his servants try to court Belle. I think most people know this story as nothing really changes between this film and the original other than a few elements are extended or changed slightly. I am of the mind-set that all these live action remakes are pointless cash grabs and unnecessary, but if it is done well I will still enjoy them, for example I really liked the new Jungle Book film because they did something new with the story. That being said, the stuff that this film added to the story was uninteresting to me, and as most of the film was an exact re-tread of its predecessor, but not done as well, I came away feeling  mostly disappointed. This film is directed by Bill Condon, and stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and Ian Mckellen. Continue reading “Beauty and the Beast (2017)-Film review”

La La Land (2017)- Film Review

La La Land is a musical romance set in modern day Los Angeles. The film follows Mia and Sebastian, Mia dreams of being an actress while Sebastian wishes to open his own Jazz club, and through a series of coincidences these two come together and help each other pursue these goals. This a uplifting film about chasing your dreams, it has a joyous tone and is a fun musical experience. It has a similar feel to the old musicals of the 50s, like Singing in the Rain and Guys and Dolls, and definitely pays homage to that era and style. I feel like if you have experienced LA you will get a little extra out of this as the city is brought to life; I have never seen LA but I was still drawn into the setting due to the dreamlike quality the film displays. Having seen this film after it won all those Golden Globes I had to put that out of my head, as I didn’t want to have overly high expectations, and while I will say I don’t know if it deserved the record breaking amount of awards it got, It was a very enjoyable film that I had a great time with. La La Land is directed by Damien Chazelle, director of Whiplash, and stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and John Legend. Continue reading “La La Land (2017)- Film Review”

Moana (2016)- Film review

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Moana is the latest film from Disney animation. Set in ancient Polynesia, a young chieftains daughter, named Moana, is raised on stories of the Demi-god Maui and how he stole a life giving stone which was then lost to the sea, causing a darkness to spread across the world. When the supposed legend turns out to be true as the darkness reaches Moana’s Island, the Ocean chooses Moana as its champion, and she must decide whether to go and find Moui and make him correct his mistake, or stay with her tribe as the future chieftain. It is an exciting musical adventure filled with magic, beauty and heart. I didn’t know what to think going in because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Frozen (2013) and have preferred Disney animation’s none-musical films, like Zootopia (2016) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012}, but I ended up having a lot of fun with this one. It felt like it belonged alongside the classic Disney musicals of the 90s, such as Aladdin (1992) and Lion King (1994). Moana stars newcomer Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson, and is directed and written by John Musker and Ron Clements, the team behind The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin and Hercules (1997). Continue reading “Moana (2016)- Film review”