Beauty and the Beast

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.”

While I like Disney movies, I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of the animated Beauty and the Beast.  Not that I disliked it, I just probably haven’t seen it since I was a little kid and never gave it much thought in the time since then.  So when I got to the theatre to see this new movie, I realized I didn’t remember much of what it was really about.  Oops.

So if there are differences from the animated movie, I have no idea.  Either way, this movie was a lot of fun.  The singing is amazing as well as the acting, which really should come as no surprise.  The sets are beautify done and brings the whole world to life.

Gaston is absolutely my favorite character and every scene he is in, especially with LeFou, is perfect.

After this I can’t wait to see how Disney brings back all their other movies scheduled to be made live action (ahem, don’t mess up Mulan!!!!)

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The Lego Batman Movie

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.”

I absolutely loved  The Lego Movie, I thought it was smart and funny with a great song that we were honestly singing all over my college campus.  To me, The Lego Batman Movie was kind of a step down, but still a decent movie.

Robin kind of plays the role the Batman did in the first movie, where everything he says is funny and you just want to see more.  Seriously, he was adorable!  Batman on the other hand seemed a little different from how he was before character-wise.  Was this supposed to be after the first movie or did none of that even happen?  But I guess it’s meant to be a kids movie so I’m probably putting too much thought into it.

There are definitely some funny moments, but nothing that I would write home about.  While I would watch the first movie over again, once is probably enough for this one.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.”

From the weird intro song, which quickly grows on you, to the odd dialogue that wouldn’t fit in any other show, Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is everything I wanted it to be.

This was the first series of books that I got into after Harry Potter and I read every one except for the last (which kills me).  This series has the perfect blend of humor and tragedy that will leave you wanting more.  I just love the style of it…which is weird, so if you’re not okay with weird, you’re better off not watching.

Lemony Snicket’s interruptions do get to be a little bit much sometimes, but I hope his role in it will come together in the end.  I don’t remember what his deal was in the books and if there is any sort of explanation.

Each book, at least in this season, is split up into two episodes, so make sure you watch them in pairs.  I love this idea.  Instead of drawing out one book into an entire season or blending it all together like they had in the movie, this seems to make the most sense.

The acting is amazing, and not really being a fan of Neil Patrick Harris, I was worried with him playing Count Olaf, but he’s great and whether you were a fan of the books or just like interesting shows, you won’t be disappointed.

Available on Netflix.