‘Beauty and the Beast’ Film Review

Grade: B-

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It is a story that revolves around one enchanted rose, two lovers, and is considered by many to be referred to as “a tale as old as time”; most famously from the likes of lyricist Howard Ashman (who died 8 months prior to the release of the original animated classic), Angela Lansbury (Who was the original voice of Mrs. Potts), and the duo who sang the original title song, Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson. The original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was an animated masterpiece that relied on beautiful animation, sweeping camera motions, and the energy of a classic Hollywood musical. It also went on to gain 2 Oscar wins (‘Best Music, Original Song – ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Best Music, original score), and 4 other Oscar nominations (including Best Picture, making it the first animated feature to achieve that category.) While this updated remake in Disney’s roster is visually stunning with its CGI effects that put last year’s ‘The Jungle Book’ to shame (At least in my opinion), the film also turns out rather clunky and doesn’t show us the energy that the original animated film had.

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‘The Girl on the Train’ Film Review

Grade: C+

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Emily Blunt is a very charming and eloquent actress with films like ‘Into the Woods’ in her filmography, but in this movie ‘The Girl on the Train’, based on the book by Paula Hawkins, she plays someone who is obsessed with the people who kind of happen to be a part of her life; I mean that in a Robin Williams as Seymour Parrish from ‘One Hour Photo’ kind of way. Her performance as an alcoholic stalker, who spends her money on train rides from her city to New York (much to her roommate played by Laura Prepon of ‘That 70’s Show’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’s chagrin) in order to see what’s going on around her personal ex-married life, is one that should definitely be remembered during Oscar season.

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