Beauty and The Beast – Argumentatively Good

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To be honest, I wasn’t as hyped as the others with the remake of this movie. But after its release, some people that I know have been giving good commentary about it. I sat in the movie house without any expectations. One thing was clear, that Emma Watson as Belle will surely be a sight to see.

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Belle with his father Maurice

Emma Watson portrayed the role excellently. In fact, I was shock at how good she sang her parts. Depth was further associated with Belle’s character as they really emphasized her love for books and persistence to conform with the traditional roles of having a provincial life in their village. Belle in the original story really did love books but in one of the scenes in the movie, she taught a girl how to read which the town people didn’t really appreciate.

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Gaston pleasing Belle with flowers

There were indeed some twitches here in there in the story but as unconventional as I am, I believe that the changes were fitting to how the generation of today will reflect on this fairy tale. We sure didn’t want any damsel in distress.

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You could tell from start to end that this movie was meticulously prepared for the keen eyes of everyone. They know that this movie will nothing but be the benchmark of their other up and coming remakes. Every number was in their fullest gesture. Although I have to admit that at the middle part of it, by the time Lumiere and Cogsworth along with the rest of the staff were performing before Belle’s dinner, my mind had already  stepped out and thought, “What the hell are they dancing and singing for?” Hahaha

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The Beast introducing Belle to a magical book

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L to R: Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and Plumette

This tale was told as old as time but presented in a contemporary way to cope up with the changes in our society. For it to be a better fit with the generation that will relate to it. As much as I know, Disney movies were created to bring hope, courage and a good role model to our diversified society. So it didn’t matter as much with the gay representation or interracial relationships. It was after all about a beautiful lady falling in love with a beast for goodness sake.

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If you love musicals and the Disney princesses, I highly suggest that you see this movie. See it with an open mind and it was in all ways possible presented fairly and as closely with the original.

It was indeed a happy ending. And all I remember was my childhood as I sang (confidently and on top of my voice) in the karaoke the “Beauty and The Beast” soundtrack with Celine Dion on the background. I held the lyrics from the leaflet that comes along the cassette tape on my left hand. Swaying the mic as I held it with my right hand on each high and low note on the song. And in that, I conclude, Disney didn’t fail telling this tale.

Director: Bill Condon

Writer/s: Stephen Chbosky (screenplay), Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay) based on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-marie Leprince de Beaumont

Producer/s: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman

Walt Disney Pictures | Mandeville Films

Walt Disney Studios | Motion Pictures

Rate: 8.5/10

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A Dog’s Purpose???

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After all the controversies that had happened prior to the release of this movie, we certainly had  no second thoughts in watching it at the cinema when it got proven that the entity that released the video was just messing around for ratings.

Being a dog lover, this movie was certainly a top priority to be seen just like Hachiko, Marley & Me, Eight Below and so and so forth…

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I wasn’t expecting anything in particular, all I knew was that this was Dennis Quaid’s comeback movie and that the dog was meant to help him get back to his first love. Boy, I was wrong. More than the romcom theme, the movie opened up with the dog’s question of its purpose in life. Starting with a stray puppy in the streets being taken away by the pound it reincarnates as a different dog. I slowly saw the pattern as the movie progresses with different owners, living different lives, being different dogs but each time asking its real purpose.

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The tear jerker part of it all.

It was heartbreaking every time the dog bids farewell to its owner. We were sobbing in the cinema. You can literally hear everyone with their silent sobs LOL. I wasn’t even finish sobbing and there goes the dog living a new life with a new owner. It made me realize that the dog’s life literally revolves around us. It accepts us no matter who we are or what we do in life. It doesn’t matter whether we’re unknown or a famous celebrity. Give it food, shelter and affection and it will surely give you its loyalty and love.

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I highly recommend people to watch this movie if they are planning to buy or adopt a dog so they would have an idea how it’ll be when they get one. This movie is also must-see for dog owners. It reminds us how precious creatures we actually have no matter how stubborn or stinky their farts can get sometimes.

Don’t trust anyone who won’t get moved by this movie. Hahaha!

Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Writer: Based on A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Producer: Gavin Polone

Amblin Entertainment | Reliance Entertainment | Walden Media | Pariah Entertainment Group

Universal Pictures

Rate: 8.5/10

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Logan, An End Of A Glorifying Era.

It was different from the image I knew and was accustomed through out the years. I grew up knowing him as the savior or the key element to any war the mutants would get into. He had a groggy look and full beard on telling you from the start of the movie this was entirely going to be different.

The title itself wasn’t about the X-Men or Wolverine. It was him… Logan. This movie isn’t about the becoming of a superhero or a sequel from where he returns to save the human race from another villain. This movie was about his unbecoming, showing his vulnerability in the most glorious way possible. It was showing the humanness in him.

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The movie house was jam packed and we were literally looking up from the wide screen as we sat from the first row of chairs. Even though it was an uncomfortable seat, the movie was too intense to not get engaged. Seeing Charles Xavier and Logan in their most susceptible state is already too much to handle. Living just near the border to Mexico, they are found in an isolated place far from their living condition before. Logan hides from the rest of the world as a chauffeur while Charles is being taken care of by Caliban as they spend day in and out saving money to soon get away and find safety.

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And even though they try so hard to live under the radar, trouble always finds their way. Donald Pierce, head of the militant Reavers, tracks him down to retrieve a child under the name Laura. Logan, uninterested, gets jumbled in the problem and later on finds out the kid’s ability is identical as his. He soon accepts his faith to help the girl get into safety but in the process loses one of the most important person he’s been protecting ever since — Charles Xavier.

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It was definitely one of the saddest parts in the movie. It was heartbreaking especially at his state, it was like losing a father or grandfather. The person who guided you all throughout. The movie is packed with a lot of gruesome, brutal action scenes. This isn’t for the faint of heart.

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Even Laura, played by Dafne Keen, didn’t hold back on its stunts and actions scenes in the movie. The fight sequels will leave you in awe and at the edge of your seat. This movie opens the window to a new set of mutants, the next generation, that we’ll surely still be following. What’s next? What’s in it for them?

The hardest part was bearing the last part of the movie. Wolverine, bathing in his own blood and not regenerating anymore. It was his last exchange of words that made him a real human. It was emotional in a way that your superhero is dying in front of you for the last time saving the next generation. No wonder this is the highest grossing Wolverine movie.

After playing Wolverine for 17 years, Hugh Jackman has made the perfect decision and timing to put an era to an end. For all the people who’ve grew up for the last 17 years following this movie… this is like your 17-year-old blended scotch whiskey you’ve been prepared to take down all these years.

Director: James Mangold

Producer: Hutch Parker, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner

Marvel Entertainment | TSG Entertainment | Kinberg Genre | The Donners’ Company

20th Century Fox

Rate: 8.5/10

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