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Beauty and the Beast ****


Run time: 129 mins

Cert: PG

Summary: In the live action remake of Disney’s 1991 classic, Belle (Emma Watson) finds herself in a castle owned by a mysterious beast (Dan Stevens) and his unique staff. 

The movie begins in a remote village in France, where Belle (Emma Watson) is somewhat bored with her life and dreams of something bigger while warding off the attention of local ladies’ man Gaston (Luke Evans). When her father goes missing, her journey to find him changes her path completely and leads her to the Beast (Dan Stevens) and his castle filled with unusual objects. 

The story is similar to that of the original movie but elements such as Belle and her father Maurice’s (Kevin Kline) backstory and early life of the Beast are fleshed out more, both of which are interesting additions that hold the audience’s attention. 

While Emma Watson may not have been the first actress that sprung to the viewer’s mind to play the lead female, she plays the part well and performs the songs with a singing voice that does them justice. Dan Stevens is unrecognisable behind the effects that transform him into the Beast and is enjoyable to watch while the supporting cast has a wide range of performances from Kevin Kline’s deep portrayal of Maurice to Ewan McGregor’s comic but cringeworthy one as Lumiere. 

The soundtrack adds new songs whilst incorporating new versions of those that were featured in the animated version. Both the musical elements and performances by the cast are enjoyable and fit well with the scenes they feature in. In particular both versions of the title track, one of which is performed by Emma Thompson in her role as Mrs Potts and the other by John Legend and Ariana Grande are excellent pieces of music. 

As a remake of a Disney animated classic that won six Oscars, this movie has a lot to live up to. However it does this very well with its casting, a story that has some minor changes but remains true to the original and a good soundtrack.

Reviewed by Paul Logan

Cars 3 drives onto screens at Edinburgh International Film Festival 


The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) 2017 has announced that it will host the UK premiere of Disney.Pixar’s ‘Cars 3’ on Sunday, 25th June 2017 at 2pm at the Festival Theatre. 
 The film’s Story Supervisor, Scott Morse, will also be attendance.
To promote the event, the EIFF have set up a national art competition for children of up to 13 years. Children are asked to draw the ultimate racing car they would pitch against the movie’s main racing car protaganist, Lightning McQueen.  
Competition prizes will include tickets for the premiere and an opportunity to attend an exclusive story workshop with Scott Morse. Further details can be found on the EIFF website.  

Two schools performances will be held at Cineworld Fountain Park on Monday, June 26th; tickets cost £3 per pupil.

Directed by Brian Fee, (storyboard artist ‘Cars,’ ‘Cars 2’) and produced by Kevin Reher (‘A Bug’s Life,’ ‘La Luna’ short) the movie follows the continuing fortunes of Lightning McQueen. Owen Wilson reprises the role he voiced in previous movies.
 The original ‘Cars’ won a Golden Globe® for best animated feature film and two Annie Awards for best animated feature and best music in an animated feature production. Composer Randy Newman won a Grammy® for best song written for motion picture, television or other visual media (‘Our Town’). 
The film was nominated for an Oscar® for best animated feature film, as well as best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song (‘Our Town’). ‘Cars 2’ was nominated for a Golden Globe® for best animated feature film, in addition to a large number of industry nominations. Between them ‘Cars’ and ‘Cars 2’ took over $1billion at the box office worldwide.
Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said: ‘Pixar Animation Studios is responsible for some of the greatest animated movies of our time and we’re thrilled to be continuing our relationship with the studio and providing such a treat for our younger audiences and their families in our 70th Anniversary Year with Cars 3.’

 Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Thursday 23 March 2017 and can be purchased via the EIFF website, www.edfilmfest.org.uk or by calling 0131 623 8030. Ticket prices range from £12, £8 (concession), £5 (under 16s).   
The 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 21 June – 2 July, 2017. 
‘Cars 3’ goes on general release in the UK on 14th July 2017.