1. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST MOVIE REVIEW
Review: It doesn’t matter if you are or aren’t a fan of Disney princesses or the classic fairy-tales. Book your tickets for this musical in IMAX 3D now, as Bill Condon’s recreation is delectably mesmerising and magical.
The special effects, sound, costumes, voice-overs, songs – overall production values are first-rate. They make you live the fairy-tale as you are transported to the castle along with Belle, experiencing her adventure. As she befriends the castle’s enchanting staff (voiced by the finest actors like Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci), you too grow fond of each and every character.
The depiction of eternal love between Watson and mo-cap Stevens, however, isn’t as awe-inspiring as the overall visual excellence and grandeur of this spectacular production. While story-wise it stays true to the original animated film, the execution is a lot darker, grimmer.
The beast gets a terrifying CGI makeover with Stevens rendering a decent motion-capture performance if not memorable. Watson plays the feminist heroine with conviction. While we like this feisty protagonist, her slightly modified character lacks a certain amount of compassion, making her seem a tad conceited more than confident. Luke Evans is impressive as the self-obsessed, hare-brained Romeo. ดูหนังออนไลน์
2. BEFORE I FALL MOVIE REVIEW
Review: Can we be done with movies using Groundhog Day as a narrative tool, please? The idea of a person reliving the same day lost its novelty on February 13, 1993. A day after the Bill Murray-starrer hit theaters. It’s 2017 now, and we’re still being served the same cheap knock-offs, and we don’t know how to escape this loop.
Just like Samantha (Deutch) doesn’t know how to escape her own Groundhog Day – the day of her death. Sam is your regular high-school girl with a blindingly stereotypical group of friends: the sassy mean girl (Sage). The drunk girl (Rahimi) and the Asian know-it-all (Wu). She wakes up on her judgement day, is mean to her parents, rides to school with her “baes”, breaks hearts, attends a party, gets into a fight, rides back home, meets with an accident and dies. Rinse and repeat.
If you must tell a story where the character is living through the same day every day, must you make it such a drab day? Must the protagonist wear the same outfit every day? Must they fall into the predictable pattern of rebelling on one day, and being saintly on the next? Why is this story even worth telling? Before I Fall leaves you with more questions than answers.
3. KONG: SKULL ISLAND (3D) MOVIE REVIEW
Review: You know exactly what to expect from this film before walking into it and it doesn’t let you down. Given the genre, it’s no surprise that this monster movie is immensely formulaic but in its defence, it doesn’t have one dull moment. Fast-paced and gripping, this reboot of the franchise is a taut survival drama that gives you the chills.
Sadly, no matter how talented, since Kong is the king, he renders the A-list cast redundant. His only competition is the monstrous lizards aka skull crawlers and the two giants pretty much rule the roost and hog the screen space, literally and figuratively.
Despite being clichéd, you enjoy the two species slugging it out in the jungle as the humans run helter-skelter, becoming the mere spectators. The CGI-fuelled action in 3D keeps you on the edge of your seat. Watching Kong smash a fleet of helicopters to the ground as we tend to crush mosquitoes is oddly entertaining. The witty repartee between characters makes up for the lack of depth and drama in the screenplay.