This retelling of a Disney classic gets 4 Icees out of 5. First, I have to say that this is a movie I was not looking forward to. I thought the cartoon was ok, but nothing all that great. Perhaps it is the Y-chromosome in me, I don’t know… but I thought it was ok but not all that it’s become since it was “locked away in Disney’s vault, never to return”.  Do you remember when Disney said that?  In an effort to boost the sales of the movie on VHS tape, that was their claim.  I told people that (while I was selling a copy for $50) is was idiotic to think that they would never sell it again.  And what do you know??  You can buy it right now on Blu-Ray and DVD.  Okay, enough about that… let’s get to how I ended up giving a movie that I wasn’t thrilled about such a good rating.

First, the cinematography/background/CGI was magnificent. The level of detail throughout the film was truly worthy of the Disney brand.  Were there times where it was a tad overdone? Sure, but it seemed ok, even when the beast was done in close-ups, it just seemed to work to an acceptable level, and sometimes beyond.

The music.  This is where it lost some for me.  In the beginning of the film, the singing seemed force and I was worried I would be in for a really bad rendition.  However, it only got better and better as the movie went on. Of course, the timeless classics of “Be our guest” and the theme song were great, but some others were done pretty well too.

The acting. This was mosty on-point. I say that even though Gaston (Luke Evans) was done as silly and over-the-top, I think that works because that is how the part is meant to be played. If Disney had attempted to do a re-write of the movie (instead of just a remake), then the character could have been more serious and dark (perhaps that will come in the 2032 remake of the movie… you know it’s coming… tell the truth… you do). However, this is a remake of a classic cartoon and so they kept the character true to form.  Emma (don’t call me Hermione) Watson does a good job of a spirited young lady with a pretty good singing voice. Throw in some good performances from the likes of Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad and others and this movie get’s a solid B+. There’s no meaty material in the movie in order for an actor to particularly stand out, so that’s about the best they could hope for.

If you loved the cartoon, you will thoroughly enjoy seeing it “come to life” in this CGI-heavy live action remake. The story is pretty much the same, just told via a different media.

There are no scenes during or after the credits.  Enjoy.