Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Reviewed
Fri. 10/20/17
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
3.5833333333333
Acting
2.5
2.5/5
Morality
3.5
3.5/5
Music
4.5
4.5/5
Story
4
4/5
Visuals
4
4/5
Kernel Factor
3
3/5
Good Rendition, but the Wrong Lead
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Significant Other
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Kids/Family
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

I found myself singing "tale as old as time" today - catchy. The story is very interesting and I can see why people love this film. What I don't see is how people enjoyed Emma Watson as much as they said. I think her performance holds this film back. She's very one dimensional - she kept to the script and she didn't allow herself to be the character - it feels that way to me. The film is entertaining, but no need for me to watch it again.

Acting
Emma Watson just isn't that dynamic. She looks the part, but that's about it. I felt like her singing was obviously lip syncing and her facial expressions were distant and almost like she was undertaking too big of a role. Everyone else is good, but there certainly was a lot of singing.
Morality
Every time I see a family movie, and it shows unneccesary violence I really have a hard time giving it a good review. There is a scene where the mob attacks the castle and the items in the castle fight back very violently. The mob effect and violence that ensues do not send the right message to me for a PG family movie. 
Music
Well, there is certainly a lot of singing in this movie. Overall, the songs are catchy and good and well choreographed. It's definitely obvious that Disney will do well from this animated-to-reality movie genre.
Story
I haven't seen Beauty and the Beast in such a long time, so I really appreciated the story a lot more now that I'm older. It would probably still scare me as a kid (under 10), but I appreciate the symbolism of it now.
Visuals
The movie looks very pretty, but some of the green screen stuff starts feeling overdone. 
Kernel Factor
As the film moves into its third and final act, it just gets so formualic. Obviously it's just following the animated film's lead, but it's the kind of formula that made Disney movies and although you "feel good", I find myself asking, "wow, we got here very suddenly." The movie starts assuming a lot to lead to its happily ever after.

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