Yes, I must be dead inside! I know, I know! However, despite the title of this blog post I did actually enjoy the film. However, I was really annoyed with some of the technical elements of the film. I think due to my film degree background and my film movie review blogs I’ve become a lot more picky when watching films and this needs to stop. Some films I can’t watch all the way through without getting technically frustrated. So….here’s some of the reason why I was annoyed by possibly the film of the year.
HOW THE PRICE BECAME THE BEAST
So it starts with the beginning! The thing I loved about the cartoon version was how simple it was throughout. One of the aspects of this was the story about how the beast became the beast which was displayed in beautiful stained glass window story boards. Simple! The start of live action film was all overly directed. I would have wanted them to keep the same sort of opening. Maybe not stained glass but maybe carefully animated? Like the story of the Deathly Hallows Emma Watson beautiful narrated.
THE NEW SONGS
Awful! Just awful! My inner 7 year old self is distraught! New songs? Seriously! Why? For one they weren’t as catchy. Secondly, they were purely just used to lengthen the movie. In the other live action Disney movies like “The Jungle Book” they only had 2 songs and they were from the original movie. Stick with the original songs! On a separate note…GASTON NAILED IT!
THEY CHANGED THINGS FOR NO REASON
I believe in changing things for the better. BUT….this film made significant changes just to change them for no reason. It was annoying and unnecessary. The main one for me was Mrs Potts. Why change her face to be on the side? I sounds silly but to me this was a ridiculous change and poor Mrs Potts who is one of my favourite characters from the cartoon was destroyed and given an awful face lift.
THE BACK STORIES
Seriously, was this necessary? The price was a spoilt brat but did we really need his past to be darker than what it was? It’s a kids film! Also, Belle’s backstory was not essential. This just lengthened the story longer than needed.
Getting very technical now as my inner director comes screaming out of me. Some of the cuts to this film were way too short. Which meant less time on some of the characters to show off their personalities. Mainly this was on Chip and Belle. Whereas some characters has the perfect on screen time to show character like Gaston who was probably my highlight of the film.
There was way more concentration made on the CGI of this film than the real life characters. Yes, Lumiere and Cogsworth are important too but some of the shots for me of Emma were just lazy. It’s like they were just making sure the scenes used for the trailer were perfect and not the rest of the movie. *SOB*
Beauty and the Beast is MY FAVOURITE DISNEY FILM and as much as I love Emma Watson I honestly prefer the original Disney version. I STILL ENJOYED THE FILM before all my Disney loving friends and Disney blogger friends start giving me hate! Just not as much as I wish I did! Right, now I am off to destroy rainbows, shoot Bambi in the meadow outside London and throw all my childhood toys into the fireplace! JOKING!!! Rant over!
I rate Beauty and the Beast 7/10!
Beauty and the Beast is in cinemas NOW!