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Google pulls Beauty and the Beast 'ad' from Home

Google pulls Beauty and the Beast 'ad' from Home

It's no mere coincidence that Disney didn't release many clips of Emma Watson singing ahead of the movie's release, and that's because she's been regrettably autotuned into oblivion.

But one can't exactly fault Grande and Legend - who both excel at delivering pristine vocals - for this pop carnage.

The Beast! I think the journey that the Beast takes is so lovely and he has the most to lose, therefore the most to gain, and as he starts to come alive and starts to not only fall in love with Belle but also love himself a little bit more, I find that very moving. And she doesn't want to have anything to do with the arrogant, handsome Gaston (played wonderfully by Luke Evans). It's mainly a recreation of the original film, but manages to squeeze in some additional context that make its characters more fully-rounded, and their circumstances more understandable.

Side note: The real victor from all this is Disney - the entire ad-hating internet was reminded of the movie's opening, rather than just Google Home owners.

Disney has another huge hit on their hands with Beauty and the Beast; and dare I say that they took something great and made it even better. You would think with someone who has that kind of celebrity that they could have a bit of an ego but not at all with her. As Belle, Watson manages to makes her feel fresh and familiar all at once.


We all know the scene: Belle, twirling in a yellow gown, dances with the Beast in a shimmering ballroom to the song "Beauty and the Beast".

Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey") is the Beast. People were accustomed to seeing the prince in his beast form most of the time. In addition to filling in the holes left behind by its predecessor, the movie also includes several different subplots to build off of and gives more detail to each character's background. Playing off of his number one fan LeFou, played brilliantly by Josh Gad, Gaston is able to at once be a hilariously narcissistic foil as well as a frightening villain for Belle and the Beast. Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Audra Mcdonald all manage to shine as their respective characters and lucky for us, Mcdonald is given plenty of opportunities to grace us with her voice. Try not to get lost in them the whole movie.

This new version of the story does an interesting job filling in holes and adding some new mythology here, as we find out more about Belle's mother, the curse that created the Beast and the relationships of the bewitched servants.

The six-time Tony victor is looking past all that; the role is a big one for her. In a nod to Belle's favorite play, Condon's film reminded me more of Hailee Steinfeld's wash/rinse/repeat "Romeo & Juliet" than Baz Luhrmann's dialogue-faithful, rock "n" roll "Romeo + Juliet". Disney, are you reading this? Beauty and the Beast also grossed $11.5 million internationally already. This is a film that's family friendly and one that I highly recommend going to see.


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