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”

Asa Butterfield in The Space Between Us (2017)

The Space Between Us Is Dumb and Cheesy, and I’m Weirdly Into It

I totally assumed The Space Between Us was based on a YA novel when I saw the trailer. Turns out, it’s not. It’s an original screenplay and story written by Allen Loeb (Just Go with It, Collateral Beauty). And while the script might be a hot mess riddled with plot holes, convenient “get from Point A to Point B” solutions, and dated slang that feels more 2005 than 2034, I can’t bring myself to give it the hate that other reviewers have been (The movie’s at 15% on Rotten Tomatoes as of writing this). I guess what I’m saying is I’m grading on a curve since this isn’t another remake or sequel. Continue reading “The Space Between Us Is Dumb and Cheesy, and I’m Weirdly Into It”

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land (2016)

La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood

Since its premiere at Venice Film Festival, La La Land has been everywhere, and for good reason. Directed by Damien Chazelle (of the Oscar-winning Whiplash), La La Land is like a giant love letter to Old Hollywood musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris. With fantastic original music, tributes to classic films from the 1940s-1960s, and a charming duo with great chemistry, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that La La Land has been nominated for Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards—and I have no doubt we’ll see it at the 89th Academy Awards, too. Continue reading “La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood”

Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan in The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan: Hey, At Least It’s Pretty

Let me spare you the agony of reading this whole review if you’re not interested in The Legend of Tarzan beyond Alexander Skarsgård’s body (I’m not judging. He’s a gorgeous Swedish viking sex god). He doesn’t take his shirt off until midway through the second act. In a movie that’s only 109 minutes long, that’s waaaaay too long to get to the meat, if you will. And the sex scene where Margot Robbie supposedly punched him for animalistic passion? Nicholas Sparks level of vanilla. If you were hoping for dirty panting jungle sex between two really, really beautiful people, you won’t get it. Continue reading “The Legend of Tarzan: Hey, At Least It’s Pretty”