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FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017)

It’s finally here. The live Disney musical we’ve all been waiting for. Twenty-six years after the animated original (one of the few animated films with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture), the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast graces our screens. While it’s not the first live action adaptation of a much loved Disney animated classic – following Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book – it is the first to retain its most crucial element: the music. Does that then mean it’s simply an unnecessary rehash? It’s depends on your level of pessimism, your fondness for nostalgia, and possibly how much you value animation. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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FILM REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Peter Jackson, 2014)

Let me preface this by saying: I have only ever seen the first Lord of the Rings film, I found it boring, I watched the first two Hobbit films half-heartedly on television/DVD, and I still maintain that Peter Jackson’s best movie is King Kong (2005), followed by The Lovely Bones. In other words, I am not a Tolkien fan girl by any stretch. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies