Beauty and the Beast
A few quick thoughts on Beauty and the Beast (2017) starring Emma Watson.
This is an enjoyable movie but for me it has 3 weaknesses that make it a 3-star movie and prevent it being a 5-star movie.
First, the plot is very simple and the characters don’t have much depth. While this is not surprising, I had hoped this new version could add some more character. The main characters are fairly bland and show few aspects of their nature, and the only character with some interest is the villain, Gaston.
While a simple plot is fine given it is a children’s movie, it also feels like it may be unnecessarily scary for some children, where the same plot effect could have been achieved in a much gentler way.
Finally, while this movie is a musical and the songs are fun to listen to while watching it I don’t go home wanting to hear any of their performances again. This is partly due to the songs themselves not being particularly memorable, and also due to the performers not being particularly impressive singers.