An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
Before anything, I would like to give a shoutout and thanks to SM Seaside City Cebu and bisayashortfilms for inviting me to an advanced screening of the movie in SM Seaside's Centerstage cinema. I really enjoyed watching the movie there. The screen is quite huge and the sound is really impressive so if you're going to watch this, or any other movie, be sure to catch it there!
The first thing I would very much like to mention is how beautiful everything looked. The budget is definitely there to no surprise, since this film happens to be made by Disney. The wonderful set-pieces give life to the magic that the movie has.
The music is, pretty good, although, to be quite honest, I am not really the biggest fan of musicals, I just find myself cringing a little bit whenever they do those big singing and dancing numbers where the main character is prancing about and passing by every person in town while belting out tunes that could honestly just be regular conversations in another movie and then it builds up into that particular sequence's climax and everyone breaks into a well-choreographed and organized sing and dance number. The effort and quality is there, and if you don't have the same reaction as me towards what I just described, then you're going to be delighted because the movie is ripe with it. That being said, although I kinda lean towards the opposite way of those kinds of sequences by nature, I still did end up enjoying the whole thing in general. The musical aspect of the movie is far from being bad, don't get me wrong.
The film's CGI looks great, although a bit off in some scenes, particularly those revolving around the Beast. I guess he still looks too fake or cartoony. He's animated well, but it's just the lighting or rendering of that character that makes it a bit off. Everything else, looks fantastic.
As for the performances, the supporting cast is enjoyable and does well. The give the movie a nice air of fun and life, which leads me of course, to the pair that gives this movie its name, the Beauty, or Belle, played by Emma Watson, and the Beast or Prince Adam (which is never mentioned) played by Dan Stevens, who plays the character pretty alright, I mean, you don't really even get to see his actual facial expressions until, spoilers, the end of the movie when he finally regains his beautiful human form. But overall, his performance is just fine, nothing bad, but also doesn't really resound with me that well. And then there's Emma Watson as Belle who...kinda feels a bit stiff, really. Her acting, ever since the Harry Potter movie, which all I've seen her in I think, has never really been the most colorful. She's good, she's pretty charming and is absolutely stunning. She kinda does her thing, but still happens to fall flat, unfortunately. I feel like the character Belle could absolutely have a bit more life to her. She's not bad at all, but she could honestly be better, and this is coming from a huge Emma Watson of almost two decades now.
The story is, what it is. It's an adaptation after all, a pretty safe one at that, which describes the movie as a whole and a lot of other Disney films. They play it safe, don't take any risks, and don't really break and ground. The movies are competent enough, the budget and quality is there, yet, just feels a tad artificial or fabricated. But, if you're already a fan of it, and have been anticipating the movie for a while, you're still gonna enjoy and maybe love it. You will not be wasting your time as the movie is decent enough. Nothing too compelling though...it's just okay.
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