20 March 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"Tale As Old As Time"

My favorite so far out of the four animation turned live-action films of Disney, Beauty And The Beast is superb on maintaining to be an original film with its original source. While this same film adapts certain sequences from the original animated film, this version of Beauty And The Beast is much broader in scope giving us a closure on both the backstories of Belle and the Beast with an ending much more unique and so effective than the original. This version of the beloved classic film is truly astounding. How they managed to bring the animated Cogsworth, Lumiere, Chip and Mrs. Potts to live-action is so astounding and impressive, truly making the Beast's castle alive as how it should be. The film is so ambitious in bringing different ensemble sequences such as that of the introductory scene, Belle's first dinner and Gaston's special dance number. My favorite sequence would definitely be the scene where the Beast dances with Belle in tune with the recognizable Beauty and the Beast song. The inclusion of gay characters in the film was also a huge and commendable step in a studio that has always been known to be conservative. Emma Watson is truly the standout of this film, she truly encapsulated the awkward yet beautiful Belle in this movie. Beast's supposed death was a surprise for me as it was different from the original but how he changed to the charming prince for Belle was masterfully done. Even the transformation of the Prince's supposed servants to their human form was very well executed. The depiction of the iconic rose in the animated film was also notable, but what makes this original is how each drop equates to the slow destruction of the castle. I hated Gaston so much in this film though, it's just so pleasing to see how he dies after his too many sinister actions. In its entirety, the film ended on a very high note. I would definitely be delighted to be a guest in Beast's castle.
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Time Published: 20 March 2017 (9:00 PM)

10 March 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - LA LA LAND

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LA LA LAND
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"City of Stars, Are You Shining Just For Me?"

La La Land is truly candy for the eyes and ears. Watching it from start to finish, all I can remember other than its cute yet depressing story is its colorful, highly-stylized presentation of Los Angeles. This way of presenting the City of Stars already amazed me while following the story of the movie. La La Land is indeed a throwback to musicals made in the past yet masterfully set to the present day. Mia, played by Emma Stone, is an actress wannabe who always gets rejected with her auditions and callbacks while Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling, is a pianist dreaming to have a jazz club someday. Love brings them together but choosing between love and dreams eventually had always placed them in conflicts. Sebastian's rise to the top with the "The Messengers" was impressive but Mia's failure with her one-woman play "So Long, Boulder City" was depressing. The ending brought me with deep regrets of how Mia and Sebastian's life should have been should they have chosen to be together than following their dreams on their own. Sebastian's choice of leaving Mia to pursue her dream alone broke my heart, her eventual rise to stardom though inspired me so much. The last 10 minutes was truly powerful, where creativity was fixed to its finest. It was the best movie ending I have ever since (thus far, in my life). Each and every musical number though are cute and truly ambitious in scope. I'm so amazed by how the director managed to get all scenes with one take, most especially the opening sequence. Damien Chazelle, truly deserved the "Best Director" Academy Award for bringing one of the best films this decade. This movie made me dream in a world where failure is at its most probable. Up to this day, I still feel amazement of the film's acting and production while still feeling deep-seated regrets with how the story gone. La La Land is a masterpiece, the film to beat this year.
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Time Published: 10 March 2017 (9:00 PM)