Beauty and the Beast (2017)

– Never saw the Disney version, seeing as how it came out when I was a 14 year-old boy just wanting to play basketball and video games.
– Having said that, people who love that version will probably enjoy this one (so it really shouldn’t matter what I say anyway, but my having my own opinion on it [God forbid!] will probably making them very defensive).
– Apparently, this was mostly a shot for shot remake of that animated film, but it just doesn’t flow in live action. Some of the scenes felt broken up by weird editing and camera angles.
– I didn’t care for the cursed servants. I thought they were annoying and slowed down the movie.
– Speaking of slow…I felt most of this movie to be quite boring.
– There were a few things I did like about it: the Gaston-Tavern song was AMAZING. It’s a charming, bombastic song about an arrogant douche. Huzzah!
– [SPOILER] The fight between Gaston and the Beast was entertaining, as was the fight between Beast and some wolves.
– It’s rare that I marvel at special effects, but I felt the talking wardrobe was incredible!
– The effects on the creature were not. Why didn’t they just go with prosthetics? I read that they did but at the last minute, Disney decided to do CGI. It looked unconvincing and fake to me.
– [SPOILER] Speaking of unconvincing and fake: WORST “I love you” EVER. I understand I’m watching a movie where there’s a talking clock and believability should be checked at the door but COME ON: make the emotions believable, please.
– The castle set looked great.
– Final Letter Grade: C+

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on twitter ( and instagram (

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