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June 19, 2008

Beauty and the Beast

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This isn't the Disney animated classic from the 90's. This is the 1939 French Language film. That alone would probably be enough to scare you away, but in truth it was a highly watchable, beautiful film. The surreal effects are visually impressive, especialy when you consider they were all accomplished long before special effects were really an expertise in filmmaking.

But overall, if you're already familiar with this fairytale, there isn't a ton here to discover anew outside of the look of the film. The plot and story differences between this version and the Disney version all tended to make me appreciate the choices the Disney version made, as I think they served the story much better.

Still, if you want an idea of good effects from the 1930's and a romantic movie, it's worth your time.

2 out of 4

Posted by jason on June 19, 2008 03:27 PM

Comments

ew, the beast looks scary...

Posted by: jessica on June 20, 2008 02:04 PM

yes, but at least when the curse is broken, he's a handsome prince...

Posted by: jason on June 20, 2008 07:41 PM

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