Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast Makes Me Feel Like a Kid Again

Goddamnit, Beauty and the Beast is absolutely magical. Even though the live-action remake of the 1991 Disney animated classic is almost entirely a shot-for-shot retelling, it manages to give new life to an old tale. In the same vein as Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 film Cinderella—also part of Disney’s current live-action fairytale remake trend—this film makes tiny tweaks to the original fairytale to give it a slightly different, more mature feel. Ha! I say “mature feel” as if I wasn’t sitting there feeling like a little girl again and dreaming of princess gowns. Continue reading “Beauty and the Beast Makes Me Feel Like a Kid Again”

Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train Is Budget Gone Girl

Well, the disappointing fall movie streak continues. The Girl on the Train was a major letdown. It’s based on the 2015 novel of the same name written by Paula Hawkins (which is sitting in my Amazon cart right now), and even though I haven’t read the book yet, I was pretty excited because The Girl on the Train has the “creep factor” you want in October movies. Plus, Emily Blunt. But it was just so incredibly mediocre that I’m not sure if I want to read the book now. Continue reading “The Girl on the Train Is Budget Gone Girl”

The Hobbit 3 (2014)

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Is A Mess

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage), and the dwarfs recover the dwarf city of Erebor while the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) lays waste to Lake Town. After Bard (Luke Evans) defeats Smaug, everyone in Middle-earth turns their eyes toward Erebor and Thorin’s inherited treasure. Thorin must then face his greatest enemies—Thranduil (Lee Pace), Azog the Defiler and his orcs, and the greed for treasure that overcomes him. Continue reading “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Is A Mess”

The Hobbit #2

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Long and Lacking a Lot of Gandalf

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and a band of dwarfs are on the run from a horde of orcs. When they finally reach the forests of Mirkwood, Gandalf separates from the group, needing to investigate the Necromancer of Dol Guldur. Meanwhile, Bilbo and the dwarfs get into some trouble with a nest of spiders before stumbling into the hands of Thranduil (Lee Pace), elf leader of Mirkwood. They then escape to Lake Town right outside of the Lonely Mountain, where they finally come face-to-face with the treasure-obsessed dragon, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Continue reading “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Long and Lacking a Lot of Gandalf”