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Beauty and the Beast – Movie Review

Unlike the withering magical rose given to Beast, Beauty and the Beast blooms like the vibrant, enchanting rose that it is. And it’s why this much-anticipated live-action musical adaptation will win over fans of all ages.

The classic tale of a beautiful girl finding love in a tortured beast begins with a spectacular opening ballroom scene, where the Prince (Dan Stevens) and all the occupants of his castle are cursed by an enchantress. This curse not only changes the Prince into a Beast and his servants into various household objects such as chairs and candlesticks but also removes all memory of the castle even existing from the rest of the world.

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Years later, the movie now pans to Belle (Emma Watson), a young Frenchwoman in a small provincial village full of small-minded residents who are puzzled by her desire to read books and her consistent rejection of affections by the dashing yet self-absorbed, Gaston (Luke Evans). The movie truly begins when Belle’s roaming father (Kevin Kline) winds up the Beast’s prisoner after venturing off his regular path, Belle insists on taking her dad’s place. The Beast complies, and Belle finds herself condemned to his castle, fawned over by the candelabra, Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), a talking clock, Cogsworth (Ian McKellan), and a cockney teapot, Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), each hoping that Belle will melt the Beast’s heart and break the curse that has damned them to a life of home furnishing.

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Musically, the film soars. The songs are melodic and hummable; the cast all sings beautifully. The coming alive of the Castle’s key (animated) characters is charming with the oooh lala French candelabra Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs Potts, who sings the film’s title song. Dan Stevens with a rich, booming voice as The Beast makes for an interesting portrayal. His Beast is a brooding fur-covered giant; a tormented man trapped within a hideous exterior and whose plight as each rose petal falls and brings him to eternal doom, makes him more and more despondent. The darkness of the character is reflected in the production design and offbeat world in which he lives as opposed to the brighter, vibrant atmosphere of Belle’s village.

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Most of the plot and characters remain true to the classic 1991 film yet there are a few subtle improvements. Among them is Gaston & Le Fou (Josh Gad), both characters receive considerably more personality that encapsulates who these characters were intended to be and not change them in any way. There’s a scene (multiple scenes actually) where Gaston shows his truly sinister side by getting rid of Belle’s father through less than savory means and perhaps you’ve heard that his sidekick, LeFou is the first gay character in Disney history. Translation: For a half of a second in the closing scene, he decides to dance with another guy. Besides that, he’s pretty much just a slightly enhanced version of his 1991 self.

What is refreshing about the Beauty and the Beast tale in current times is that it goes beyond the usual princess-centric plot in that the woman saves the man. In this tale we see a sense of equality, equal parts bravery, equal parts fear and equal parts understanding. Besides that, love is also presented in a much deeper sense, in that it appears in us unpredictably and uncontrollably. That idea is summarized neatly in a line from one of the songs: “There may be something there that wasn’t there before.” The line is both a riddle and an answer. If you’re old enough to have heard it for the first time in 1991, it almost certainly means something new to you now.

The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson) in the castle library in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic which is a celebration of one of the most beloved stories ever told.

The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson) in the castle library.

Verdict

She may be reading Romeo and Juliet, but it is Shakespeare’s quote ‘Love looks with the mind, not the eyes’ from A Midsummer Night’s Dream that is featured, when The Beast’s library becomes the pathway that leads to Belle’s heart. This adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has both the looks and the personality, which is why it gets a Screenbite.my rating of 8/10.

The Fate of the Furious – New Trailer (Trailer 2)

The 2nd trailer for The Fate of the Furious has just been officially released. Although it shares most of the initial trailer’s scenes, this new one has additional lines of dialogue and action scenes that might help us, the viewers, understand a little bit more about the plot.

In this newest trailer, we get to see Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson go up against a torpedo skating across a sheet of ice. Clearly, the bar is raised yet again, and it looks like there’s a lot more where that came from in the full film.

Thor: Ragnarok – Exclusive First Look

Entertainment Weekly has just released some photos. No biggie. EXCEPT IT IS, IT REALLY IS.

LOOK AT THEM. NEW ARMOR! NO HAMMER! NEW CHARACTERS! NEW HAIR!!!

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) with his new look.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) with his new look.

Hera (Cate Blanchett) is the villain this time around.

Hera (Cate Blanchett) is the villain this time around.

Introducing... The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). For those that don't know who he is, he's a far superior being than even Odin is.

Introducing… The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). For those that don’t know who he is, he’s a far superior being than even Odin is.

Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is the leader of the Valkyrior (the Choosers of the Slain), a group of warrior goddesses who would appear over the battlefields of mortal worshipers of the Asgardian gods and choose which of the fallen were worthy to be taken to Valhalla, the land of the honored dead.

Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is the leader of the Valkyrior (the Choosers of the Slain), a group of warrior goddesses who would appear over the battlefields of mortal worshipers of the Asgardian gods and choose which of the fallen were worthy to be taken to Valhalla, the land of the honored dead.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) looking as sneaky as ever.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) looking as sneaky as ever.

Guess who's back? Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

Guess who’s back?
Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

For more pictures, visit ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Exclusive First Look Photos

KONG: SKULL ISLAND – MOVIE REVIEW

KONG: SKULL ISLAND delivers much in the way of visually-striking giant monster spectacle and jungle adventuring, paving the way for the cinematic universe known as the MonsterVerse (like the MCU and DCEU). That’s right, there’s going to be more giant monster movies *cough* Kaiju *cough* and they’re all going to be connected.

Discover new islands, see new species, experience the wonders of natu-NOPE.

Discover new islands, see new species, experience the wonders of natu-NOPE.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND takes place during the US military’s withdrawal from the Vietnam War of 1973, employees of a struggling government organization known as Monarch William Randa (John Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Jason Mitchell) hastily assemble an expedition to an uncharted island, Skull Island, to discover what mysterious lifeforms reside there, under the pretense of conducting a basic geological survey of the landscape. This team includes former SAS Captain/expert tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), renowned anti-war photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) and the US military helicopter squadron, led by Lt. Col. Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson). However, almost immediately upon arriving on the island, these humans come face to face with Kong: a massive, ape-like creature that doesn’t take kindly to these outsiders dropping explosives and trespassing on his home turf. And as those who survive the initial encounter with Kong soon discover, he’s not even the most dangerous creature that resides on Skull Island…

If you like giant monsters and giant explosions, then KONG: SKULL ISLAND is the movie for you!

If you like giant monsters and giant explosions, then KONG: SKULL ISLAND is the movie for you!

Thankfully, the cinematography and CGI make up for the lackluster plot, dialogue and character development so it’s still an entertaining experience if you’re a fan of big explosions and heavy action commonly seen in The Transformers cinematic universe. In fact, it felt a lot like it was directed by Transformer’s director, Michael Bay rather than Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who made the less-giant-monsters, more-troubled-teenagers film, “The Kings of Summer”.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND ‘s focus on high-action and giant monster battles proves to be a capable introduction to the MonsterVerse, a cinematic universe that would be combining all your favourite giant monsters and more. Overall rating: 6/10

Kong: Skull Island opens in Malaysian theaters tomorrow, March 9th. It is 118 minutes long and is Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language. THERE IS A POST-CREDITS SCENE.

LIFE – Extended Sneak Peek

With the film’s release just over two weeks out, Columbia Pictures has released a special “Sneak Peek” trailer for Life. Preview showcases an extended red band sequence from the film, showing Hugh (Ariyon Bakare) get in a bit of trouble when attempting to study the organism brought back from Mars.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND – MOVIE CONTEST WINNERS LIST

Congratulations to the winners of KONG: SKULL ISLAND Contest Winners, we will contact you through Facebook soon.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND will be premiering in Malaysia on 9th March 2017.

Winners are listed below:

Nasrul Fareed
Prize: KONG: SKULL ISLAND Ear Bud Organizer + 2 Movie Passes to KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Rawlins Glam
Prize: KONG: SKULL ISLAND Black Worn Hat with Frayed Patch + 2 Movie Passes to KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Lim Eng Hock
Prize: KONG: SKULL ISLAND Computer Sticker + 2 Movie Passes to KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Mak Jeng Foong
Prize: KONG: SKULL ISLAND Black Worn Hat with Frayed Patch + 2 Movie Passes to KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Liew Fen
Prize: KONG: SKULL ISLAND Ear Bud Organizer + 2 Movie Passes to KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Norshamim Idris
Prize: KONG: SKULL ISLAND Computer Sticker + 2 Movie Passes to KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Merida CK Eng
Prize: KONG: SKULL ISLAND Next Level Roar Venetian Grey Tri-Blend T-shirt + 2 Movie Passes to KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Thank you to everyone for participating, we will have our next movie contest up very soon so stay tuned for another chance to win movie tickets and movie merchandise.

Justice League News: The Batmobile is gonna be packing loads of firepower.

After previously explaining how Batman’s vehicle of choice would be getting some upgrades for Justice League, the first photo shows just how much higher its stopping power will be. Have a look for yourself below:

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Director Zack Snyer revealed the new set of batwheels through social sharing app – Vero, highlighting the addition of heavy weapons across an already controversially-weaponized Batmobile. And teasing the idea that Bruce Wayne’s upgrades are being made in anticipation of a much greater threat than he’s encountered before – one he may still be keeping a secret from his Justice League recruits.

Here’s a look at the evolution of the Batmobile throughout the Batman movies,

WORLDWIDE FIRST LOOK AT EMILY BLUNT AS MARY POPPINS IN “MARY POPPINS RETURNS”

Here is the first glimpse of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins Returns,” the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins.”

Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to the Banks home after many years and uses her magical skills to help the now grown up Michael and Jane rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, directed by Rob Marshall.

Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to the Banks home after many years and uses her magical skills to help the now grown up Michael and Jane rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, directed by Rob Marshall.

Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, “Mary Poppins Returns” also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

“Mary Poppins Returns” will be released in Malaysian cinemas on December 24, 2018.

Deadpool 2 Teaser Trailer

Apparently, the teaser for Deadpool 2 was released before the screenings of Logan throughout the world (It’s filled with easter eggs and Logan references). I don’t believe we in Malaysia got the chance to watch the teaser during our Logan screenings but hey, maybe there is now. Either way, we got you covered. Here it is below:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Latest Trailer

A young Jack Sparrow?!!??! That’s right, we’ll get to see a younger version of the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow in this new trailer that was released during The Ellen Show.

What we’ve learned so far,
– The brand new villain is a Spanish military ship captain who was killed in a ship explosion after a naval dogfight with a ship that had a young not-captain-yet Jack Sparrow.
– Capt Barbossa looks like he’s going to play a key role.
– The new Orlando Bloom character gets excited by ankles.
– The new Keira Knightly character is the same as the old Keira Knightly character.