Beauty and the Beast review

Whenever there’s news of a remake or reboot of an old and beloved movie, the reactions usually range from cautious optimism to some variation on “only when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.” In the case of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, it’s the movie itself to which those latter adjectives apply.

This isn’t to say that the movie’s got nothing going on; if anything, it has too much going on. Padded out with 45 extra minutes, the movie’s M.O. is to take everything in the original and crank it up from ten to twenty. There’s more magic, more backstory, more cutlery, more dance breaks, more everything. It feels like love up to a point, the way the best stories get embellished with time, but when the new songs come clunking to remind you of exactly what it takes to get a Best Original Song nomination (and how good the old songs are), the proceedings start to feel a little less genuine.

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‘Legion’ Season 2 Ordered By FX

legion season two

Only five episodes into season one and FX has already decided to renew showrunner Noah Hawley‘s (Fargo) adaptation of Legion. The psychedelic comic book series is a breath of fresh air. Hawley’s show isn’t following any blatant formulas, and it goes in some unexpected, strange directions and continues to surprise fans.

Below, learn more about Legion season 2.

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Beauty and the Beast Music Video

You’ve already heard the cover of the iconic theme song from Beauty and the Beast that has been updated with the voices of chart-topping singers Ariana Grande and John Legend. Now see the singers bring the song to life in a new music video featuring appearances by Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Plus, you just might some some of the transformed castle residents pop up too.

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Beauty and the Beast review

Disney’s live-action-remake obsession continues this month with Beauty and the Beast, and it might be one of the trickiest adaptations they’ve tackled so far. Oh, sure, it’s an easy sell: the 1991 animated feature is one of the most beloved films in the studio’s catalogue, and nostalgia alone would’ve been enough to get some butts in seats. But on the other hand, how do you live up to near perfection? What’s the point in redoing something that good? How do you make a movie that satisfies fans of the original, while adding enough of a twist to justify redoing it in the first place?

We don’t have all the answers — if we did, we’d be running Disney, not blogging for /Film — but the first reactions to the first screenings offer some clues as to how the studio tried to address these challenges. See the first Beauty and the Beast reactions below, as well as our own brief Beauty and the Beast review. 
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Beauty and the Beast clip

Beauty and the Beast is now only a little bit of two weeks away from an opening weekend that’s expected to be huge. We’re beginning to see more and more footage from director Bill Condon‘s musical, meaning we get to see more of the Beast in action, played via motion-capture by Dan Stevens (Legion). A new clip has arrived online showing an awkward and nervous Beast trying to put on his best smile for Belle.

Below, watch a Beauty and the Beast clip.

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beauty and the beast

Disney’s recent habit of treading on hallowed ground has resulted in a mixed bag of movies. Cinderella got the job done, telling a straightforward princess story with the appropriate amount of gloss, but Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland were both…let’s just be polite and say “not as creatively successful.” However, I have a good feeling about Beauty and the Beast, albeit a good feeling tinged with a little bit of anxiety because they’re remaking my favorite animated Disney movie. The 1991 original is just about perfect in every way.

A new TV spot debuted during the Academy Awards last night and the new Beauty and the Beast footage sure does look like…Beauty and the Beast.

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Beauty and the Beast Featurette

Fans of Disney’s beloved animated classics from decades past consistently ask why the studio is bothering updating movies that everyone already loves. In the case of Beauty and the Beast, director Bill Condon recognizes that the original iteration of Beauty and the Beast was perfect, raising the question of why Disney is bothering to remake it at all. A new Beauty and the Beast featurette attempts to explain that by going behind the scenes and showing fans how they’re making this story feel familiar and new at the same time.

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Colossal Trailer

Giant monster movies have been around for a long time, and so have indie movies about thirtysomethings trying to get their life together. Somehow, one movie has managed to combine both of those subgenres into a single movie that is refreshing, entertaining and positively great.

Colossal follows Anne Hathaway as a young socialite who isn’t doing anything valuable with her life. She’s just drinking the night away with her friends, and her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) is sick of it. So he kicks her out of his apartment, and she heads back to her hometown in a sad attempt to sort her life out. There she reconnects with an old school friend (Jason Sudeikis), and it seems like it’s just like any other indie movie. But then Hathaway discovers that she is somehow tied to a mysterious giant monster who has been appearing in South Korea and is perplexing people as it wreaks havoc.

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legion series premiere

Let’s get the high praise out of the way first: it’s rare for a television pilot to feel as fresh and weird and fully formed as Legion, which feels more like the first 70 minutes of a particularly daring X-Men movie than the first chapter of an ongoing series airing on FX. There is a distinctive personality on display here, a carefully modulated tone that folds horror and dark comedy and mindfuckery into the typical superhero structure. It doesn’t shatter the mold, but it leaves a giant crack in it – I literally have no idea what to expect from the next episode and man-oh-man, is that a nice feeling.

And it looks like we’ll be covering Legion on a weekly basis from here on out, with all other spoiler reviews arriving the morning after the new episode airs. Hi. Like the show itself, these reviews aren’t going to follow a rigid structure. We’re just going to pick up the threads of interest and run with them until we can figure out exactly what kind of show we’re dealing with here.

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Millions of us hope that one day we’ll win the lottery, thinking that it might make our lives easier. But when James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, wins his own lottery by suddenly waking up with his sight restored, all it does is make things more complicated.

The Ticket is a new drama from director Ido Fluk that played at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the first trailer for the drama just arrived, showing us that getting the one thing that we want so desperately may not make us as happy as we initially thought.

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