Monday, 12 June 2017
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 
The story of a young woman who falls in love with a monstrous fella that lives within a magical castle keeps Alan Menken & Howard Ashman's iconic songs firmly intact much to the pleasure of fans of the original film. However heavily auto-tuned Emma Watson's flat-lining performance is far too dull to equal the strength of her character's beliefs. Dan Stevens does his best as the Beast underneath a heavy layer of poorly rendered CGI fur but it's simply never enough to ignore it's artificial look. Thankfully Luke Evans & Josh Gad are entertaining bad-boy scene-stealers, while Ewan McGregor & Emma Thompson's voice-work an absolute delight. For an extravagant musical the camerawork is an absolute bore that never quite elevates the film to majesty it should have been. Close but no cigar.
2½ really annoying singing wardrobes out of 5