The last time Disney had a live action movie made of one of their fairy tales, I was beyond thrilled. Thrilled with the trailer, thrilled with the cast list and absolutely delighted with the end result. The movie I’m talking about is of course, Kenneth Branagh’sCinderella (2015).
For me personally, Cinderella was always going to be a hard act to follow. Bill Condon’s Beauty & The Beast is a movie I was also looking forward to. However, to be fair, Beauty & The Beast doesn’t quite have the likes of acting queen Cate Blanchett on the cast list. So you can imagine that my enthusiasm just wasn’t the same. Additionally, the acting and singing weren’t bad but as a non-fan of musicals, all the singing probably didn’t help me appreciate the film more. I really did enjoy the romance towards the end and I think the movie was alright, overall. Without a doubt though, my preference is certainly Cinderella. I imagine that big fans of Beauty & The Beast rather enjoyed this remake of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. Maybe they even loved it as much as I did Cinderella.
I understand that Aladdin is coming next. I’ll of course eventually watch it even though it is a musical.
The Greatest Showman tells the story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create the mesmerising spectacle known as the circus. Directed by Michael Gracey; Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendeya and Michelle Williams star…
I’m not the biggest fan of musicals but I like the cast too much to ignore this. There’s also the romance of it all, of course.
Paul Sparks, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Diahann Carroll also star.
Besides the fun clips in the trailer, I found Sing to be quite forgettable. The story is based on the numerous characters involved in a singing competition, which if successful will help the organiser save his failing theatre.
The reason I didn’t completely enjoy Sing, even though I was moved and amused in parts is because I just didn’t find the story and most of the characters that entertaining or interesting; something to do with how stereotypical most of them are, I’m sure. The fact that I’m also that person who doesn’t enjoy watching televised singing competitions surely has something to do with it. Additionally, there’s a part of me that didn’t buy into Matthew McConaughey’s voice and / or performance as the Koala.
The main highlight about Sing, for me has nothing to do with the music. I loved the mommy piggy (Reese Witherspoon) and her ingenuity when no one else was available to take care of her piglets. I also adore her performance partner, another cute piggy; you know, the one in the red sequinned leotard and gold sequinned sweatsuit that you fell in love with in the trailers.
You’ll very likely have a better time watching sing if you enjoy singing competitions. If you’re not that person, I hope you like it anyway, should you decide to tune in.
Starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend and J.K. Simmons, La La Landis the love story of a jazz pianist and an aspiring Hollywood actress. It is a well told story that features great dramatic performances, good dialogue, beautiful cinematography, music and costume; I particularly love ‘that yellow dress’.
Written and directed by Damien Chazelle of Whiplash (2014),La La Land is is a good movie that’s understandably most loved by fans of musicals. I must confess that generally speaking, I’m not into musicals. Call it a consequence of my impatient nature but most of the time, I’d much rather words were spoken rather than sang. The pleasing rhythm of well written dialogue will always be preferred by me, over the sounds of what is arguably often mediocre singing where musicals are concerned. And if the singing isn’t mediocre, I find the voices to be regularly, quite tedious.
In La La Land, there’s just no faulting the dramatic performances. The cast are a trust worthy bunch acting-wise. As for when it came to Gosling and Stone flexing their vocal chords in the name of song, there are definitely some moments of questionable vocal ability.
I enjoyed the opening song at the start of La La Land, the big ‘audition number’ that Stone sings towards the end and the instrumental as the closing credits began. The rest of the music I honestly could have done without.
Watch La La Land for all the reasons it won all those Oscars and because it genuinely isn’t a bad film. If Chazelle’s Whiplash managed to convince you that jazz isn’t all bad, La La Land is additional material to strengthen his argument.
Starring Dan Stevens as Prince Adam / Beast, Emma Watson as Belle and Luke Evans as Gaston, the new Beauty & The Beast trailer is finally here…
I’ll be watching this simply because I love the animated version. Interestingly though, I don’t currently sense the magical feel the live action version of Cinderella (2015) gave me after I watched that specific trailer. May the magic be there with the finished product of this new adaptation.
When I realised that La La Land, the new movie starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone was written and directed by the same person (Damien Chazelle) who brought us 2014’s Oscar winning movie, Whiplash, I knew something worthy was coming.
The premise of the film is simple; a jazz pianist falls in love with an aspiring actress in Los Angeles (a.k.a. La La Land)…
On account of director Chazelle’s musical backdround, it’s unsurprising that music is once again a key theme in one of his movies. If somehow you haven’t already seen Whiplash, do so at once!
The La La Land trailer peaks my interest only slightly at this point. It’s probably something to do with the edit and what I imagine is my slight disinterest in watching Stone and Gosling as a couple once more. I first saw them cast opposite each other romantically in Crazy Stupid Love (2011). My fingers are crossed that I end up enjoying La la Land more than I anticipate. Especially considering my natural aversion to musicals.
John Legend, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt and Sonoya Mizuno also star.