Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Emma Watson's Pay for 'Beauty & The Beast' Revealed

Emma Watson's Pay for 'Beauty & The Beast' Revealed

I don't know that I have a secret to success, I've just been very lucky.

I think they're 3 for 3.

Side note: The real victor from all this is Disney - the entire ad-hating internet was reminded of the movie's opening, rather than just Google Home owners. It's cute and has some great moments with some of Disney's most memorable songs. That rings truer, if you ask me.

The live-action version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" did socko business on Thursday evening, in advance of its official opening on Friday.

While 2016's The Jungle Book revived a Disney classic and still found a way to establish its own voice and narrative, Beauty and the Beast plays as a direct remake that occasionally ventures into new territory before quickly retreating back to safety.

But many critics are less inclined to dole out praise for the film, especially when compared to the groundbreaking original animated feature - the first such movie to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. At first, she's a prisoner who loathes the Beast but slowly over time she begins to find herself feeling something that wasn't there before... love. The reference to the live-action film was casually dropped into users' daily summaries, with the Assistant explaining: "By the way, Beauty and The Beast opens in theaters today". Why would an old woman curse an 11-year-old boy for refusing to let her into his home? Usually when you walk onto a set you can see the smoke and the mirrors, you can see the bones of how it was put together. What month are they in? "It was gorgeous, it was over-the-top to the point of absurdity - and just like that, I was all in". The screenplay (by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos) maintained the same iconic lines and plot that audiences came to love before.

THR touches on the stories of tight budgets for its talent, including "Beauty and the Beast" star Dan Stevens being denied a rental vehicle upgrade to accommodate his kids or the studio refusing to pay for "Cinderella" star Lily James' mother to fly first class with her daughter on a flight. His sexuality is not overplayed, and takes more of a role as character development than as an overarching theme.

The vocal cast is wonderful: Ewan McGregor is Lumiere, Cogsworth the clock is voiced by Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson is Mrs. Potts, Nathan Mack is Chip, the little cup, Audra McDonald is Madame Garderobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Plumette and Stanley Tucci is Maestro Cadenza. And we're so excited, we nearly ditched work to go see it. She eventually comes around not only because her captor starts being nicer to her, but also because of outside pressure - the household's servants are also pushing them to get together.

Luke Evans brings a deliciously sinister quality to Gaston (and it helps that Gaston has all the best songs in the film).

Belle, as portrayed by Emma Watson, was shockingly one of the weaker performances in the movie. Kevin Kline does a great job as Maurice, of course, making him entirely believable as an inventor and a doting father.

"What we know is that about 17 percent of the films released by the big studios have LGBTQ inclusion - and most of it negative inclusion, where it's either the punching bag or the punchline". He's recorded a new version of the hit title track with Ariana Grande, but that's not the only new recording on the movie's soundtrack.

Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston's sidekick, struggles with being gay.

Do you have a favorite character? "And he does that out of love, even though it means that the spell will not be broken". Many believe to have discerned that the film was presenting and promoting bestiality. It's movie-making at its finest and I'm willing to bet you're going to have a rather hard time not singing along and losing all care that you're inside a theater with people around you.

The film is so magical. It was both a tribute and a new take on the original classic.

One who was not happy: Joe Morgenstern.

The only flaw I'd have to pick out was that some of the CGI wasn't quite all there. Watson is decent actress, although she looks lost at times here. I'm not sure why that is, because digital animation requires just as much skill and effort as hand-drawn work. Also, now that I think about it, I could have done without one of the newest original songs because it didn't really serve much goal to the film other than for the sake of having another musical number. It's an homage to the Disney heyday, and for lovers of stage and musicals, it's a must-see. "Those who always desired a little more depth from "Beauty and the Beast" will be happy, too: There's something there that wasn't there before".

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