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Transformers: The Last Knight – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  June 21, 2017
Rating:  PG-13
Run Time:  2 hour 20 minutes
After Credit Scene:  During Credit Scene, none after credits
IMAX Viewing:  YES
3D Viewing:  YES
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  6.1 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

Check your brain at the door folks!  Let’s not try to make too much sense of it all because you really came to see robots, explosions, and action sequences.  Do not go see this movie if you are expecting a good story.  The only reason why we go see these films is because of the cartoon series we had in our youth.

You should watch the previous film before going to see this one so that you are reminded of what has happened.  The movie picks up in the dark ages to let us know that Transformers have been around for a long time.  Present day, humans are still picking up the pieces from the battles in the previous film.  Soon there are signs that the end of the world is coming and we need the Transformers to save the day.  Bumble Bee is our main Transformer and clearly the focus is on him because he is to have his own movie in a few years.  Have no doubt, this film is going to be a financial success, but it doesn’t deserve to be successful.

What works:    The scenery is wonderful.  Ladies will love Mark Wahlberg.  This movie was filmed to be seen in IMAX and it was wonderful.  Fun car chase scenes.  Anthony Hopkins was fun to watch.  Frank Welker who was the voice of Megatron in the TV series reprises his role on the big screen.

What doesn’t work:  The movie is too long, it could have been 45 – 60 min shorter.  The story is lousy and to many subplots that get lost in action scenes.  There are characters that really didn’t have to be in the movie and play such a small role that there was no need for them.  The movie is constantly trying to add humor where it isn’t needed.  Sure, I may have chuckled a few times, but the humor is forced into the story.  There are parts of the story that do not make sense, specifically with the character Vivian Wembley and I can’t go into it or I’ll spoil some of the crappy story.  There is a romance in the movie that is forced on the viewer and it wasn’t believable.  At times, the special effects didn’t pair up with the live action actor very well.  Maybe it was so clear in IMAX that it stood out and it is possible it isn’t as noticeable in 2D.  I’m tired of the same ole stuff from Transformers with explosions and shaky camera action sequences.  There isn’t enough Optimus Prime and when he is on screen, he reminds us of who he is too much.  Without ruining anything, we have a “Martha” moment that really irked me.  We have baby Transformers!  Really?  We need baby transformers for one reason only, to sell toys.  There is some swearing in the film and I felt it was gratuitous to appeal to older viewers.  There are too many characters and the story is lost in action sequences.

Ugh.  I wanted this movie to be good and I was hopeful, but this movie is good at one thing and one thing only, loud action sequences.  I loved the Transformers when I was kid, but these movies fail to grab the essence of the tv series and fail to let the Transformers be the stars of the film.  Michael Bay says this will be the last time he will direct a Transformers film and this person hopes he is true to his word.  He is excellent at action and explosions, but I’m exhausted of crappy stories we continue to get in Transformers films.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Transformers: The Last Knight a 6.1.  I’m being generous with this score.  If you are a Transformers movie fan, go see it in IMAX and enjoy the sound and 3D.

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All Eyez On Me – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  June 16, 2017
Rating:  R
Run Time:  2 hour 20 minutes
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  6 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

A biography on poet, actor, and rapper Tupac Shakur (Demetrious Shipp Jr.).  The story is told mostly through the eyes of an interviewer who is capturing Tupac’s life story while he is incarcerated.  Once he is released from prison, the story is told in a traditional movie format.

What works:    A great cast and Demetrious Shipp Jr. looks very much like Tupac.  Dania Gurira, who is best known for her role as Michonne in The Walking Dead, plays Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur.  It is a wonderful performance by Dania and she arguably gives the best performance in the movie.  Jamal Woolard reprises his role as Biggie, a role he nailed in the movie, “Notorious.”  You’ll also enjoy some of the backstory about some of Tupac’s hit songs and how he came to the record label, Death Row Records.

What doesn’t work:  The first two acts of the film felt more like a scrapping of Tupac’s history and is taped together like a scrapbook.  The enjoyable element of movies “Notorious” and “Straight Outta Compton” is that the movies each focus on the story, not the music.  All Eyez On Me is presented like bad rap video’s book ending mediocre story telling.  There are scenes of Tupac’s performances that draw out the film because the director focused on the music.  Unfortunately, the lip syncing to Tupac’s music is good, but I’ve seen better on TV.  The ending of the film falls flat because it tries so hard to pull at your heart strings with corny effects and music.   The movie is supposed to be an “untold story,” but there are very few elements that are presented that haven’t already been made public.

As a fan of Tupac, I don’t feel this movie does his legacy justice.  Tupac’s music far surpasses the quality of this movie.  With some editing of nudity and language this was a made for TV movie at best.  The script doesn’t convey the layer of depth into Tupac’s character.  Editing also hurts the movie as there are scenes that feel as though they were spliced in as an afterthought and don’t transition well from one scene to the next.

Director Benny Boom is hoping all eyes are on his film, but this viewers ears enjoyed the music more than the movie.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give All Eyez On Me a 6.  I would wait to see this one on Netflix or RedBox.

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Cars 3 – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  June 16, 2017
Rating:  G
Run Time:  1 hour 49 minutes
After Credit Scene:  YES
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  8 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

Lightning McQueen is back!  He’s a little older but he’s still winning, that is until youth and their more sophisticated and technologically advanced cars start to replace old school race cars.  After a horrific wreck, McQueen has to find his mojo and prove to all he still has it.

What works:    A wonderful cast yet again.  The visuals are stunning, captivating, and if you pay close attention you’ll see cars in them hills.  The story is well written and pays homage to the late Paul Newman (Doc Hudson).  Some new types of racing and new characters keep the franchise fresh.  It’s nice to see that they kept most of the cast from the previous films, Tow Mater is still there with our comedic relief.  Lots of NASCAR references and cameo voice acting.  Those who know their NASCAR will enjoy the references.  Although not part of the movie, there is another Pixar short prior to Cars 3 and I like the message it sends to kids.

What doesn’t work:  The story goes a little flat in the second act.  Although a good movie, I think this will be the last in the Cars franchise.  The spark isn’t there like it was in the previous films and I’m not sure it keeps kids fully engaged throughout the film.  Another disappointment was the soundtrack.  The contemporary music didn’t hit you like in the previous films and it stood out to me at times.

You get what you expect in a Pixar Film.  Cars 3 delivers and is a fun film to watch with your kids and you’ll get to see your favorite cars.  For adults, there are touching moments as they explain the relationship between McQueen and Doc Hudson in more depth.  I believe there is something here for everyone including girls as they pull for Cruz Ramirez (voiced by Cristela Alonzo) as she attempts to build McQueen’s confidence as well as her own.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one an 8.  Good family movie, worth the price of admission and concessions.

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It Comes At Night – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  June 9, 2017
Rating:  R
Run Time:  1 hour 31 minutes
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  5.5 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

An epidemic is crossing the area.  People are retreating to secluded areas to protect themselves and their families.  Paul (Joel Edgerton) and Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) are one such family as they protect their son Travis (Kelvin Harrison).

What works:    This is an outstanding cast.  Each member sells the story and you are compelled to believe their characters.

What doesn’t work:  Loud audio will make you jump (maybe) rather than any horror.  This movie has more a 60’s or early 70’s vibe to the story telling.  That isn’t necessarily bad, but the endings tend to leave you feeling empty.  The story pulls you in right from the start but fails to deliver a fulfilling need for closure or satisfaction.

This film with minor editing could be a made for TV film.  An excellent cast could not save It Comes At Night from itself.  It certainly has the feel of a film festival submission.  I would not classify this as a horror film but rather a suspense thriller.  A short review for a short film because there isn’t enough content to share with you without spoilers.  I had higher hopes for a film that seemed to be more than what it delivered.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 5.5.  Wait for this movie on Netflix or RedBox.

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The Mummy – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  June 9, 2017
Rating:  PG-13
Run Time:  1 hours 50 minutes
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  6.5 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

The Mummy wastes no time before jumping into the action.  Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his partner Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) are antiquities opportunists in search to make some quick money.  They fall upon a crypt and they are in way over their head.  Introduce Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) who’s life work has been to have a major archaeological find such as this and has an idea of who they have found.  Its a rush to bring this find to England for further investigation with her employer.

What works:  The special effects are great.  Zombie like creatures and the cursed are very well done.  The story is fast paced and you have to keep up with who is who and where we are going.  Tom Cruise and Jake Johnson are fun to watch as the pair is the comedic relief in the film.  The chemistry between Cruise and Wallis works very well.  Russell Crowe plays Mr. Henry Jekyll, who moves the plot along without any surprises.  The mummy, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), is the most beautiful mummy I’ve ever seen on screen and I enjoyed her performance.  The comedy in the film was good (think American Werewolf in London) and wish there had a bit more.

What doesn’t work:  The pace of the film is fast, maybe too fast because the viewer isn’t really sure why there is such a rush to get this find in the air so soon.  Although the film is action packed, it does plateau in spots which caused me to lose interest.  Action!  You just pulled me back in because now we’re watching more action.  In the final act of the film, the action peaks but it felt a bit anticlimactic because the film sets you up for another monster film.

The movie is more of a primer for future monster movies known as the ‘Dark Universe.’  I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed the performances, but there is something that makes you feel like you watched a movie that was just ‘meh.’  With all the action and direction of the film I’m surprised I didn’t like the movie more, but I left the theater without any eagerness to talk to someone about the film.  It underwhelmed me although it met my expectations of a monster film.  I would say that although the film isn’t bad, The Mummy isn’t anything you’ll be saying is a ‘must see’ film this summer.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 6.5.  This movie isn’t worth the price of admission, BUT since this is the first of the Dark Universe films I suggest you see it.  Movies in the franchise may refer back to this film and you wouldn’t want to see the next film not knowing the references.

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Baywatch – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  May 25, 2017
Rating:  R
Run Time:  1 hours 59 minutes
After Credit Scene:  During the credits, not after
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  5 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

Do you smelllllll what the Rock…… is cooking?!  Sorry, that isn’t the smell of his cooking, it’s the smell of this film and it stinks.  The movie doesn’t take itself seriously and neither should you.

Matt Brody (Zac Efron) is an US Olympic Gold Medal winner in Swimming that has some community service to do and is hired to become a lifeguard as a PR opportunity for the city.  Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) is the head lifeguard who isn’t having any of this PR stunt and runs a tight ship.  He also feels his law enforcement duties fall beyond the scope of just the beach area.  Mitch and his team of lifeguards are out to take down a drug dealer who they feel is responsible for drugs and bodies washing up on their beach.

What works:  Eye candy for all!  Ladies are going to go gaga for Efron and Johnson.  Men are going to enjoy the lifeguards played by Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrback, Ilfenesh Hadera, and bad girl Priyanka Chopra.  Oh the dick jokes are funny as is Dwayne Johnson’s delivery of witty comebacks.  The cast really is a good on paper with Jon Bass (Big Time in Hollywood, FL, The Newsroom, Girls), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down), Rob Huebel (Transparent, Keanu, The League), and Hannibal Buress (Broad City, The Secret Life of Pets).  There is chemistry between Johnson and Efron and they play off one another very well.

What doesn’t work:  Lets just throw out the idea that there is a story to follow in the film other than lets get the bad guy.  The comedy is there, but it does not sustain a run time of 2 hours.  Without giving away details of the story, there are parts of the film where things just don’t make sense and honestly I think the creators of the film could care less if it did.  It solely relies on T&A, dick jokes and those who had an affinity for the TV show.  The movie is going to entertain 13 – 15 year old’s that sneak into the theater and adults who still enjoy their eye candy.  Despite David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson having cameo’s in the film, a photo of them would have sufficed as their time on screen is very limited.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 5.  This movie isn’t worth the price of admission or concessions.  I would wait for it to appear in Red Box or on Netflix if you are compelled to watch it.

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Captain Underpants – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  June 2, 2017
Rating:  PG
Run Time:  1 hours 29 minutes
After Credit Scene:  During the credits, not after
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  7.5 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

An animated hero movie we can laugh at.  Of the summer movies I’ve reviewed so far, this movie was the most fun to watch.

George (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold (voiced by Thomas Middleditch) are best friends and attend elementary school.  Typical boys, they are always looking for a practical joke with their target mostly being the school principal, Mr. Krupp (voiced by Ed Helms).  Mr. Krupp is determined to end their antics and break-up their friendship, but the boys aren’t having any of it.  They accidently find a way of turning Mr. Krupp into their comic book super hero, “Captain Underpants!”  What is a hero without monsters and a villain that he must defeat?  The story develops from there.

What works:     As I mentioned, this movie is fun for adults to watch, although I have a feeling dads will have more of a connection to the story than moms.  George and Harold’s story is funny and the trouble they get themselves into will certainly resonate with kids.  In fact there were a few times that the story took me back to my own childhood memories and I chuckled aloud.  The boys love comic books and I think this will appeal to both kids, “hoodies”, and parents that appreciate comic books.  The voice acting is great as one would expect with a Dreamworks film.  Jordan Peele (Melvin) and Nick Kroll (Professor P.) also provide a solid performance.  For kids, this is potty humor that they can laugh at along with their parents.  Despite the idea of an adult in his underwear is the costume for our hero, it works because this is the vision of these two boys which I think is probably spot on for kids of that age.

What doesn’t work:  The target audience appears to be boys between the ages 5 – 12 years young as well as dads.  That isn’t to say that girls and moms won’t like the movie, but I do feel they will be in the minority as the movie really didn’t attempt to pull in a girl’s point of view.  I also feel that the writers hurt themselves with such a narrow target as once kids leave elementary school, these types of stories become “uncool” and most adults are not seeking an animated film such as this to watch in a theater.  Although the writing is very good, kids under the age of 8 are not going to be fully engaged throughout the film.  There are a few flat points in the film that are great for character development, but kids of that age need more stimulation to remain engaged in the film.  This was evident to me as those kids in the theater with me took these times to leave the theater presumably to use the bathroom or for a visit to concessions as well as being curious to who/what was around them.

Overall this is a good film, but with a very limited target audience.  I enjoyed Captain Underpants and recommend it to any parent that doesn’t mind the premise that a grown man in a red cape and tighty-whities is the hero of the film.  Although I would love to see a sequel, the box office numbers may not bring confidence to Dreamworks for that to happen.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 7.5.  A kids combo is in order for this film.  It’s a better film than I expected, but it fails to capture its audience throughout the film.

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Wonder Woman – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  June 2, 2017
Rating:  PG-13
Run Time:  2 hours 21 minutes
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  8.5 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

This is the DC hero film that everyone has been waiting to see.  Is it perfect?  No, but what a great film and DC’s best effort to date.

Coke has Pepsi.  Ford has Chevy.  DC has Marvel.  When you watch a DC film you get a different flavor than its Marvel counterpart.  Marvel does their hero films that are grounded more in the present, more in real life.  DC also tries to put its story in the present and in real life up until your heroes are involved.  You get more of a comic book feel, and that isn’t bad, but it is different.  When we see Spider-Man or Captain America jump in a film I believe we see an effort to apply realistic physics of gravity.  Watch a DC film and you will find a jump requires less effort and that goes higher or longer than you expect.  Again, not bad, just different.  For those of you who are like me and not caught up into a Marvel film vs. a DC film, you are going to enjoy this movie.  For those of you who do fall on one side of the fence or the other, I’m certain there is a lot to debate.

Gal Gadot is a beautiful woman.  I dare one man to stand up and say she isn’t.  This film just pulls that beauty to a new level and you just can’t help but want to watch her and pull for her through the entire movie.  She isn’t the greatest actress, but she does a very good job as Diana/Wonder Woman.  Chris Pine provides a solid performance as Steve Trevor.  There are times where I felt his lines were a bit rushed or chaotic, but follow your direction from the director and truck on.  The supporting cast also provides a solid performance and the ensemble really pulls everything off well to tell this story.

This is an origin story to give us the background as to who Diana/Wonder Woman is.  We find out where she is from, how she learned to fight, who her family is, and her motivations to become Wonder Woman.  We meet Captain Trevor who is fighting a war and is desperate to bring WWI to an end.  He and his cohorts meet Diana and it is off to war we go.  Together they want to put an end to evil and the suffering endured by civilians and soldiers on both sides.

What works:  The story is pretty good.  It isn’t the tale I was fully expecting which was nice.  It kept me engaged because I wasn’t sure what liberties the film was going to take with Wonder Woman’s backstory, if at all.  Gal Gadot simply nailed Wonder Woman.  She is as feminine as she is powerful.  She is as compassionate as she is strong.  There is plenty of comic relief in the film as well; some a little slapstick and some clever.  I thought there was a good balance of drama, action, and comedy.  It also does a good job of pulling in the Batman vs. Superman film without having to dive into any details.  Also, I’m not sure who the stunt-woman was for Gal Gadot but what an outstanding job she did and I hope she is recognized with an award.

What doesn’t work:  The special effects used in the film are a bit inconsistent.  At times, we’re doing slow motion jumps that take real actors shots and blend in the action.  At other times, they are 100% CGI and it shows.  The style of the special effects during certain scenes was something of the flavor we saw in the film 300, but there is something there that just didn’t feel right about it.  I attribute it to different styles of special effects that weren’t consistent throughout the movie.  There are scenes where Gadot’s acting falls short and other times where I think it was the way the film was edited they may have an impact in her delivery.  For the most part, her performance was spot on.  I didn’t fully enjoy the end of the film either.  Without giving anything away, I felt as though the special effects became the star and the actors took the back seat.  Although a touching end, there was something that felt disjointed.  It was as though there may have been a missing scene that could have wrapped up the film better.  Last but not least, give us a post credit scene!  I would have liked to see a hint of the upcoming Justice League movie.

I think many are going to go to the show and come away feeling really good about the film.  No one says, “Martha” and that is a step in the right direction.  Unlike past DC films (Suicide Squad being an exception), the portrayal of this super hero is true to who we expect Wonder Woman to be and because of this, this reviewer very much enjoyed the film.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a solid 8.5.  Watching Gal Gadot alone is worth the price of admission and a popcorn combo.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  May 5, 2017
Rating:  PG-13
Run Time:  2 hours 16 minutes
After Credit Scene:  YES
IMAX Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  7.8 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

I have to say that the trailers for the film did a great job of not giving much away and that made the movie very enjoyable.  If you aren’t one to follow movie news then you’ll be surprised with a few unexpected actors in the film.  The story begins to give each character a bit more backstory and depth without boring us.  Those who have followed the comics I also believe will be happy with the film as the characters are true to their roots.  If you haven’t seen the first film, Guardians of the Galaxy, you will want to do so.  This movie continues the saga of the five known as The Guardians of the Galaxy.

What works:  You get comic relief from many of the characters of the film.  Groot seems to be a viewer’s favorite and we do have enough Groot to make everyone happy.  Drax (Dave Bautista) steals the show for me with his dry slapstick delivery.  Just when you think you are in a dramatic scene, he’ll come out with something to make you laugh.  Kudo’s to Dave Bautista who must be taking acting classes as his performance in this film is better than the last.  Zoe Saldana continues her role as Gamora and gives another solid performance.  We come to get some background on sisters Gamora and Nebula (Karen Gillan) who also provides a good performance and we will continue to see in upcoming Marvel films.  The special effects once again work very well.  You are going to see a young Kurt Russell and it is nearly seamless.  Very well done.  Chris Pratt seems to be a go to guy lately in Hollywood and with good reason.  His role as Peter Quill/Starlord really does fit him.  If he needs to be dramatic or if he needs to be funny, he’s spot on.  Last but not least is Michael Rooker who has been in the previous film, The Walking Dead, Days of Thunder, Eight Men Out, among many others.  He too provides a solid performance and gives us some memorable comic relief.  We also get a number of in credit scenes as one post credit scene, so prepare to stay all the way through the credits.

What doesn’t work:  There are a few scenes that are a bit drawn out.  Gags that worked and are funny are carried out bit too long and you begin to feel as though, “ya, I got the joke.”  There is a plot hole in the film that if I go into it then I may ruin part of the reveal.  By the end of the film, you begin to feel the movie is over 2 hours long and you are ready for things to wrap up.

Overall the movie is fun, very colorful, special effects are well done, acting was very good, and of course we have Groot.  Baby Groot to be more specific and he is as lovable as everyone wants him to be.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 7.8.  It is worth the price of admission and a popcorn combo.

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Beauty and the Beast – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  March 17, 2017
Rating:  PG
Run Time:  2 hours 9 minutes
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  6.5 out of 10

A Non Spoiler Review

The classic animated Beauty and the Beast was great and was the second movie in the resurgence of Disney’s animated films that began in 1989 with The Little Mermaid.  In 1991, Beauty and the Beast was released and was a big success.  Nice story, comedy, singing.  It was your typical Disney animated movie.  Now, over 15 years later we are getting the live action film.

What works:  the story is still intact as this is nearly a literal retelling of its animated predecessor.  There are some minor changes to the films story from the animated movie, but not too significant.  The songs are still peppy and a fun part of the story.  The casting was well done.  The “Be Our Guest” scene is still wonderfully done.

What doesn’t work:  I felt like there were moments in the film where Emma Watson just wasn’t feeling it.  Maybe she was directed that way or didn’t really capture the Belle that we saw in the animated film.   The Beast, although wonderfully cast, was all cgi and it shows far too much and it never allowed me to buy into the performance.  This was also my feeling for all the supporting characters as well.  With live action, you don’t always pull off the fluidity of a scene or in some cases, the scene is arranged such that if you have seen the original you may notice many of the minor changes that couldn’t be done with live performers.

Looking at the film as a whole, the live action film falls short from the original 1991 film.  For those of us who saw the original, we may come out of the movie feeling that it just wasn’t as good as the original.  For those kids today who haven’t seen the original, they may just love it.  The film has been in theaters a while now so it is holding strong, but you may see it fall from first run theaters very soon with the summer releases well under way.

I have a feeling when this movie comes to dvd, more people will want to watch the animated film over this modern day live action remake.  Beauty and the Beast will be best viewed in a theater than home viewing, so if you plan on seeing this movie with kids, go to the theater.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 6.5.

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