Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-02-14
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

FILM REVIEW Beauty and the Beast
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2017-03-21

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Director: Bill Condon. Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans. Running time: 129 min. Release date: March 17

Beauty and the Beast is a "tale as old as time," but this time out there are some new nuances that are expanded on, such as Belle's father Maurice played by Kevin Kline role being meatier. The Beast even sports a man-braid when he dresses to impress.

Why go see a movie that is already done well in 1991 by the Disney cartoon? It's the little touches, such as Maurice painting figurines in his shop or the Beast's massive library that should be witnessed in the theater. The countryside and castle are both breathtaking sights to see on the big screen.

What made the original Disney production such a hit is that it had a timeless musical feel to it. Gay director Bill Condon has had several musical movies under his belt in the past such as Dreamgirls, and Chicago, so he knows what he's doing.

BATB was originally planned with a more serious dramatic approach as seen with Snow White and the Huntsman but this was scrapped. They not only decided to include all the songs from the Disney cartoon but even added new ones. This makes the running time longer, being over two hours, but most of it flies by like a winged feather duster.

The casting of seasoned pros with newcomers pays off well with this version of Beauty and the Beast.

Harry Potter's Emma Watson may not take a selfie with fans these days but she brings her real life book smarts to the part balancing between being an awkward and a strong woman.

Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens takes on the Beast with vigor, and just the right amount of aggression. The choice to make the character a little scarier-looking was a good decision, as opposed to the cutesy one in the cartoon.

Luke Evans plays macho straight man Gaston with much-needed gusto. Dwayne Johnson would have been another good choice for this role after proving he can sing in Moana.

Straight man Josh Gad plays gay man LeFou, who has a man-crush on Gaston. The boycotters in Alabama don't know what they are missing, as the performance is very subtle. There are some drag-queen makeovers, but does that really rank Russia checking IDs of moviegoers before the show?

Out actor Ian McKellen stands out as Cogsworth, while Stanley Tucci is not given much to do as the harpsichord. Ewan McGregor has the show-stopping number "Be Our Guest" that makes it worth the trip to see this in 3D at Navy Pier. I flinched in one scene where water was splashing around because it looked so real.

Worried about Emma Watson's singing? Don't be. Her accent covers any technicals flaws, along with the help of a bit of sound mixing. Worried about the other Emma ( Thompson ) filling the shoes of Angela Lansbury? Her voice work is spot-on and brings the teapot to life in new ways.

This live-action adaptation might be the best one of the bunch competing against Cinderella, Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland. It's as good as the recent The Jungle Book, which just won an Oscar for best visual effects. With Cinderella winning for best costume design in 2016, Beauty could be next in line during award season.

What is next? Possibly a live version of The Little Mermaid starring Emma Stone? Before they put the Academy Award winner in a shell brassiere and cast Adele as Ursula, be sure to visit this magical kingdom soon.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Film 'Guys Reading Poems' out Feb. 20 2018-02-14 - Gravitas Ventures will release the award-winning, neo-noir feature film Guys Reading Poems on Tuesday, Feb. 20, across digital platforms. The film features ...


Gay News

'Hollywood on State' Oscar party March 4 2018-02-14 - On March 4, the Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ), ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roxane Gay, 'Wicked,' Britney Spears 2018-02-13 - Award-winning actor, writer, composer and humanitarian Lin-Manuel Miranda will unveil a new salsa-music remix of "Almost Like Praying"—his all-star benefit single recorded last ...


Gay News

MOVIES HUMP Film festival celebrates amateur sex cinema 2018-02-07 - A porn festival for people who don't like pornography? That's how syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage described the HUMP! Film Festival, a two-day ...


Gay News

LGBTQA TV/film critics announce Dorian winners 2018-02-07 - GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics—composed of more than 200 LGBTQA entertainment journalists in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom—has announced ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Sebastian Lelio's 'Fantastic' project 2018-02-07 - The new movie A Fantastic Woman stars Chilean transgender actress Daniela Vega, who plays Marina, the survivor of the death of her lover, ...


Gay News

Chicago Filmmakers moves into new home 2018-02-07 - Chicago Filmmakers has moved to its new home—a historic 1920s firehouse, fully renovated with classrooms, a screening room, office space and projection facilities—at ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Mike Farrell channels Chicagoan Miglin in Gianni Versace 2018-02-07 - Gay executive producer Ryan Murphy is on a roll with his second installment of FX's American Crime Story. The first season's The People ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Zachary Quinto, gay fitness model, Octavia Spencer, Streisand 2018-02-06 - History is bringing back In Search Of, based on the 1970s franchise, as a 10-episode docuseries, hosted and executive-produced by Emmy-nominated Zachary Quinto ...


Gay News

LGBTQA TV/film critics announce awardees 2018-02-02 - GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics—composed of more than 200 LGBTQA entertainment journalists in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom—has announced ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.