Movie review for ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘The Space Between Us’ and ‘Life’ (2017)
Finally, I have time back for some movies and their reviews here.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ is the live-action remake of the 1991 animated film of the same name. That 1991 movie was a classic and it’s a good move that Disney is making a live adaptation of it. Beyond that, Disney is also now planning to produce more remake of their animated classics like ‘Mulan’ and ‘Aladdin’. Previously, this movie went viral because it contains a homosexual scene and it is originally banned for release in my country, Malaysia. However, that particular scene isn’t anything serious or detrimental (just a dancing scene of Le Fou revealing his tummy to express his love to Gaston for one second). And the movie finally get to be released in Malaysia on 30th March. Making a fuss out of a very small issue.
As for the movie itself, I’m pleased that they went with the same storyline with the original one without putting in unnecessary stuff or twist into the plot as those do happened in some of Disney’s past remakes (like in ‘Maleficient’). Emma Watson is playing Belle. I like her but I find that she isn’t the best one for the role. I somehow find her voice didn’t fit into her acting altogether in this movie. Also to be noted is that this movie has a great cast; Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts, etc. I love it when they used most of the music from the original into this live-action remake. I understand the need to edit those music for a bit of originality, but the outcome is not as good as the original animated movie. This live-action remake is still an entertaining one to watch, for the kids as a lovely new fairy tale movie and for the adults as well to relive their childhood memories of this classic. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Beauty and the Beast’ a total of 7.1. And this movie is now making huge money in worldwide box office. It is likely that it will be the first 2017 movie to cross US$ 1 billion in total grossing.
‘The Space Between Us’ is a romantic science fiction film about a boy born in Mars and then sent back to Earth during his late teenage years. He can’t cope with the gravity on Earth and yet he has to find the girl he loved as well as his presumed dad. The movie starred Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, etc. It is quite an interesting premise by combining a boy living his years in Mars with romance on a short-lived stay on Earth. I noticed the movie do have some very strong touching dialogue but they are not expressed to their full potential. Actually, the whole movie can reach great height but is not pushed to the very limit given an interesting plot. A bit of a waste. Asa Butterfield is a great young actor and he handle this role well. I see huge future for him in Hollywood. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Space Between Us’ a total of 7.2. The critics went too harsh on this movie.
‘Life’ is another recent movie set in outer space that I have watched. It is a science-fiction horror film about a group of astronauts in International Space Station having to deal with the danger posed by an extraterrestrial form brought in from Mars. It is like another version of ‘Alien’ film. Well, the next ‘Alien’ film entitled ‘Alien: Covenant’ will be released soon in this year too. This movie ‘Life’ starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, etc. Ryan Reynolds is given limelight on the marketing for this movie but he is actually the first character to be killed in the movie. What a joke. The movie actually developed fast to show the alien form starts attacking but I still find the overall pace to be quite slow. It’s not that engaging or intense as hoped earlier. However, it is still a good movie with an expected plot twist at the very end. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Life’ a total of 7.2.
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