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NFT: Beauty and the Beast opened today. Who's in?

Big Blue Blogger : 3/17/2017 3:15 pm
We're a party of seven at the 9:15 am screening on Sunday, Row B center: One wife, three daughters, a sister-in law, a niece, and the dude with the credit card.

At least the reclining seats at our local AMC are comfortable, and the morning shows are half-price. Who's with me, men?
You have my sympathy  
PEEJ : 3/17/2017 3:17 pm : link
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Looks awful.  
Brown Recluse : 3/17/2017 3:18 pm : link
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Thankfully my teenager daughter is more into the anime  
jcn56 : 3/17/2017 3:20 pm : link
than the Disney, although to be honest they're both torture to me.
I say we kill the beast!  
Bold Ruler : Mod : 3/17/2017 3:20 pm : link
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Vin R : 3/17/2017 3:21 pm : link
I'm going with  
Josh in the City : 3/17/2017 3:21 pm : link
my 3 year old daughter tomorrow. She's been excited since the first commercial aired and she's telling me she wants to wear her Belle dress. Can't wait!
Josh: That's the spirit!  
Big Blue Blogger : 3/17/2017 3:26 pm : link
Maybe I won't be the only one fighting back tears during Kevin Kline's scenes with Emma Watson.
broadway  
spike : 3/17/2017 3:26 pm : link
show?
BBB  
Josh in the City : 3/17/2017 3:28 pm : link
I'll love hanging out with her as long as she still wants to hang out with me! I hear it doesn't last that long...
Josh: That's an understatement.  
Big Blue Blogger : 3/17/2017 3:34 pm : link
Josh in the City said:
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I'll love hanging out with her as long as she still wants to hang out with me! I hear it doesn't last that long...
Our eldest is 17, and seriously considering college in the U.K. Pre-K orientation seems like yesterday. I've been really lucky, though: my job has always been very flexible, so I haven't missed much.
I'm in  
gidiefor : Mod : 3/17/2017 3:46 pm : link
thrilled with the peaks of this one so far - we are a BatB household!

Going tonight  
lugnut : 3/17/2017 4:44 pm : link
at 7 p.m. with 8-y.o. and 6-y.o.

At least Emma's cute.
My daughters are just turning  
Johnny5 : 3/17/2017 4:49 pm : link
17 and 14 this year. Yep I'll be there either tomorrow or Sunday. It does go fast... I'm happy they still want me to go with them... LOL
Protesting  
Deej : 3/17/2017 4:59 pm : link
because Follywood went and ruined a fine family bestiality movie with a bunch of gay stuff. No thank you!
I just returned from the theater  
mavric : 3/17/2017 5:17 pm : link
dropping off four 8 and 9-yr old girls (including my granddaughter) to meet up with four more girls same age. My daughter took over from there. Her husband was not thrilled to watch Beauty and the Beast and I told him, "watch Logan" which is running at the same time while the girls watch their movie. He declined at his own peril.

In fact, my daughter just sent me this pic of the girls getting ready to watch the movie

are those high chairs  
spike : 3/17/2017 5:19 pm : link
or just massive theater chairs with ottomans?
RE: are those high chairs  
mavric : 3/17/2017 5:35 pm : link
In comment 13397440 spike said:
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or just massive theater chairs with ottomans?


They're theater lounge chairs - pretty common these days. I've taken them to another one where the lounge chairs are much more plush, but don't have a food tray as the sides are trays. Kids these days don't know how good they have it compared to when I was a kid. Note the 3D glasses on their trays. The only 3D movie I saw as a kid had paper glasses with a red piece of plastic on one side and blue on the other and it was really crappy 3D. Hell, I remember when I was 12 and I saw television in color for the first time. Our rich friends invited us to their house to watch "Wizard of Oz", so when Dorothy landed in munchkinville, I saw color for the first time and was blown away.
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Jim in Fairfax : 3/17/2017 5:47 pm : link
In comment 13397451 mavric said:
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Hell, I remember when I was 12 and I saw television in color for the first time. Our rich friends invited us to their house to watch "Wizard of Oz", so when Dorothy landed in munchkinville, I saw color for the first time and was blown away.

Yeah, most younger people don't realize that until color TV was invented the whole world was in black and white. You had watch the TV to see colors in real life. Kind of like Pleasantville.
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mavric : 3/17/2017 6:11 pm : link
In comment 13397459 Jim in Fairfax said:
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Hell, I remember when I was 12 and I saw television in color for the first time. Our rich friends invited us to their house to watch "Wizard of Oz", so when Dorothy landed in munchkinville, I saw color for the first time and was blown away.


Yeah, most younger people don't realize that until color TV was invented the whole world was in black and white. You had watch the TV to see colors in real life. Kind of like Pleasantville.


Wise ass....lol
My wife is  
Photoguy : 3/17/2017 6:17 pm : link
going with our D.I.L. and our two granddaughters. The grandson is staying home with daddy and watching hoops.
This was once my favorite show.  
shelovesnycsports : 3/17/2017 6:21 pm : link
The Beast's CGI face sucks.  
Mr. Bungle : 3/17/2017 6:32 pm : link
Sucky CGI face.
My daughter is 4  
feelflows : 3/17/2017 9:14 pm : link
I'm torn. I'm not 100% positive she will accept a human Belle. Sounds weird, I know.

And I also found out tonight she's afraid of leprechauns. That's actually understandable. Leprechauns are creepy. I may have to throw out the Lucky Charms.
Kong Skull island for the boys!! Great movie  
DennyInDenville : 3/17/2017 9:18 pm : link
Beauty and the beast for the girls ..
I'll eventually bring my 4 year old daughter  
aimrocky : 3/17/2017 9:32 pm : link
Just not this week. My wife is traveling for work and she's dying to see it with her
Actually, I kinda want to see it. Looks good.  
Bramton1 : 3/17/2017 9:47 pm : link
That being said, tomorrow night, I've seeing Logan. Priorities.
belle is a goldbricker  
32_Razor : 3/17/2017 10:27 pm : link
nothing else,,trophy wife for beast
Just got back from seeing it with my wife and daughter  
nyjuggernaut2 : 3/17/2017 10:29 pm : link
and for the first half hour I wasn't that into it. But once Beast saves Belle I thought the film picked up. Also like how we find out what happened to Belle's mom, and how they made Beast more intellectual in this one than he was in the animated movie. Overall thought it was pretty well done, still prefer the animated version, but that may also be nostalgia talking as well.
My daughter got all dressed up  
B in ALB : 3/17/2017 10:36 pm : link
In her gown and tiara. My wife brought her. Apparently it's quite the madhouse. They're still there.

I'm sitting on the couch dressed in my gown - shorts and tee shirt - watching basketball. God bless em.
The original one from the 1920's/1930's is an absolute masterpiece  
Anakim : 3/17/2017 11:44 pm : link
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RE: The original one from the 1920's/1930's is an absolute masterpiece  
Big Blue Blogger : 3/18/2017 1:20 am : link
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As remarkable as the 1946 Cocteau version is, I'm not sure how well it holds up. The slow pacing is pretty hard for contemporary audiences to take. Also, the handling of the "enchanted" servants is kind of creepy for young kids. Anyway, it's so different from anything Disney would do that comparisons are probably pointless.
All I want,the to know is...  
Tim in Eternal Blue : 3/18/2017 2:12 am : link
Was Gaston awesome?
RE: All I want,the to know is...  
BlackLight : 3/18/2017 3:25 am : link
In comment 13397796 Tim in Eternal Blue said:
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Was Gaston awesome?


No one's slick as Gaston
No one's quick as Gaston
No one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston's
For there's no man in town half as manly
Perfect, a pure paragon!
You can ask any Tom, Dick or Stanley
And they'll tell you whose team they prefer to be on
Not as goog a love story as  
JohnF : 3/18/2017 10:24 am : link
Beauty and Lord Voldemart (can someone put the link in for me, it's on YouTube). This is the best mashup I've ever seen...it looks like a real movie trailer! Star War fans, wait till the end for a special treat!!!!
Not as good  
JohnF : 3/18/2017 10:25 am : link
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I really liked it- and yes no ones neck is as thick as Gastons  
PatersonPlank : 3/18/2017 10:50 am : link
He's roughly the size of a barge, and he's exceptionally good at expectorating.

They kept it close to the original, which is good because I don't like when they redo the show to fit an agenda.
It's really well done.  
Big Blue Blogger : 3/19/2017 5:10 pm : link
The remake sticks very closely to the animated version early on - almost shot for shot in some scenes. I think the idea is to hook you with nostalgia before gently exploring a few new angles, and it works.

One minor letdown for me: "Be Our Guest". Orbach's riff on Chevalier left nothing for Ewan McGregor to do but try to keep up. McGregor is at his best when he's charming Plumette. Orbach's cartoon candelabra was just kind of lecherous.
I saw it and liked it a lot  
Bill L : 3/20/2017 12:20 pm : link
I thought it was a pretty good adaptation of the animated version. I have to admit though though, that the animated B&B has been one of my all-time favorite movies since I saw it twice within the it's first 2 opening days more than 20 years ago.

This is a weird admission, but one distracting thing for me was Emma Watson. I think that I had heard too much about her refusal to wear a corset because of feminism or whatever but I think that even though it's a fairy tale, it is still a period piece and the gowns called for a corset. I mean she couldn't wear a bra because it's a period piece. So, I think I focused too much on how much she lacked any sort of cleavage. On the whole she was okay...she's grown up cuter than I expected she would after watching Hermione, but I don't think that she's any great Beauty. I mean if you have horns and are covered with fur, you're likely not too choosey, but Gaston...?
i was great... my girls loved it...  
GMAN4LIFE : 3/20/2017 12:21 pm : link
i dressed up as the beast and my girls as belle.

couldnt have been happier
The movie cinema I took my daughter too  
NYG27 : 3/20/2017 12:53 pm : link
Had already SOLD OUT of every IMAX\3D\2D showing of Beauty and the Beast by 10am on Saturday (thankfully I got tickets in advance). There was massive lines for people waiting to see the next showing of the film.

Just curious to hear if anyone else saw something similar at their local theaters? Disney must be making $$$ like crazy over this movie.
It was a pretty well done movie  
Mike in ramapo college : 3/20/2017 1:01 pm : link
Emma Watson did not fit the part of Belle, lacking in both the beauty and vocals.

I thought the movie was in big trouble when she started singing Belle/Provincial Life, but the rest of the cast was very good. Disney was wise to tune down her main vocals and increase the volume of the supporting cast and instrumentals during her songs.
This movie was great  
Ron from Ninerland : 3/20/2017 2:20 pm : link
My wife and I saw it and I can't understand the criticism I'm reading both here and on IMDB. Of course its not going to be exactly the same as the animated movie from a quarter a century ago or the Broadway play. I'll concede that Emma Watson does not have the voice of Paige O' Hara. I still thought the music was excellent including the additional music they added. In many ways it was an improvement of the animated movie. The characterizations of the Beast and Gaston were done better. The flashbacks to the death of Belle's mother and the Beast's mother were welcome additions. Even though this is a fairy tale, in a live action movie they need to make the human behavior believable . In this case they had to make Belle falling in love with a creature who abducted her believable. I thought they did so. In the broadway play the Beast was illeterate. In the animated movie its implied. In the live action movie the Beast is educated and highly literate and thats the basis of Belle's attraction to him, coming from a town where women aren't expected to read.

The CGI isn't Star Wars quality but who cares ? I'm not sure what the standard is for a talking candlestick and teacup.
it has the 6th best domestic opening  
UConn4523 : 3/20/2017 2:21 pm : link
of all time. That is super impressive any way you slice it.
Is this movie  
spike : 3/20/2017 2:24 pm : link
suitable for a 4 year old?
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UConn4523 : 3/20/2017 2:47 pm : link
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suitable for a 4 year old?


My neighbors took their 9 and 5 year old and they said it was fine. That said the 5 year old (boy) was bored and wanted to leave, but that's that age and it not being a cartoon.
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spike : 3/20/2017 2:49 pm : link
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suitable for a 4 year old?



My neighbors took their 9 and 5 year old and they said it was fine. That said the 5 year old (boy) was bored and wanted to leave, but that's that age and it not being a cartoon.


yeah nevermind then. My 4 year old didn't take to Pete's Dragon (live action) either
RE: The movie cinema I took my daughter too  
mavric : 3/20/2017 4:15 pm : link
In comment 13399941 NYG27 said:
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Had already SOLD OUT of every IMAX\3D\2D showing of Beauty and the Beast by 10am on Saturday (thankfully I got tickets in advance). There was massive lines for people waiting to see the next showing of the film.

Just curious to hear if anyone else saw something similar at their local theaters? Disney must be making $$$ like crazy over this movie.


As I pointed out in an earlier post, I took a bunch of 8-9 year old girls where I met up with my daughter who just got out of work and took over from there. She had bought the tickets well in advance and yes, there were people trying to get in that were finding out there were no more tickets available. That was in Binghamton.
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Mike in NJ : 3/20/2017 5:34 pm : link
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suitable for a 4 year old?



My neighbors took their 9 and 5 year old and they said it was fine. That said the 5 year old (boy) was bored and wanted to leave, but that's that age and it not being a cartoon.



yeah nevermind then. My 4 year old didn't take to Pete's Dragon (live action) either


I took my 4 year old son on Saturday, he loved it. We had taken him to see Pete's Dragon and The BFG in the past, he didn't like either of those due to them not being cartoons, but this one kept him engaged because of all of the music. I think he started to check out a little during the last 20 minutes because the musical aspect of it died down a bit toward the end, but he was pretty zoned in for almost 2 hours prior to that.

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NYG27 : 3/20/2017 7:07 pm : link
In comment 13400235 spike said:
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suitable for a 4 year old?



My neighbors took their 9 and 5 year old and they said it was fine. That said the 5 year old (boy) was bored and wanted to leave, but that's that age and it not being a cartoon.



yeah nevermind then. My 4 year old didn't take to Pete's Dragon (live action) either


Spike, if your 4 year old liked the animated film this was based on, then she'll like this version too.

Only questionable scene was when Gaston fell off the roof and died. Initially, I thought they would show him falling and then pan the camera over the Bell and Beast. But they actually kept the camera on Gaston as he was falling to his death and you heard a "thump". It's fine for kids in the 6-7+ range but might be iffy for a 4 year old. Good luck in what you decide.
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