Dan Stevens

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Director:

Bill Condon

Starring:

Emma Watson

Dan Stevens

Luke Evans

Plot:

An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Review:

This movie, honestly, never stood a chance with me. The original is my favorite Disney animated movie. Belle is my favorite princess. And the Beast…has the best library ever.

The songs didn’t sound as good, though, I did really like the emo Beast song that was new.

Gaston didn’t seem as evil as he does in the cartoon.

The CGI characters lacked personality.

All in all I wasn’t a fan.

2/5

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Legion (2017-?)

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Legion (2017-?)

Network:

FX

Starring:

Dan Stevens

Jean Smart

Mackenzie Gray

Plot:

Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human.

Review:

So far three episodes of Legion have aired and I’ve watched each of them. If I wasn’t trying to get as much sleep as possible I’d stay up and watch them live, as is I’m watching them at two o’clock in the morning while feeding my son.

The show is trippy, but not so much that there is no story. Honestly, I’m not sure exactly what’s going on or what’s real but it’s told in such a visually captivating way that it doesn’t bother me at all.

David’s story is being teased out slowly but enough is revealed in each episode to keep me satisfied and it’s just so weird that I can’t help but want to know what happens next.

I haven’t read anything about Legion from the comics and that hasn’t hampered my enjoyment of the show at all.

5/5

Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

Network:

PBS

Starring:

Hugh Bonneville

Phyllis Logan

Elizabeth McGovern

Michelle Dockery

Laura Carmichael

Dan Stevens

Plot:

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Review:

I watched the first season way back when it first aired but then canceled cable and totally forgot about it until I saw it on Amazon Prime. I ended up not re-watching the first season because I could remember the major points and I flew through the rest.

Mary, Michelle Dockery, was my least favorite character. When Lady Edith, Laura Carmichael, called her a bitch in the final season I nearly shouted, “Finally!” I really did not understand why the man she wound up with even liked her. She was nicer to Matthew, Dan Stevens, in the second season and she wasn’t bad in the third season, but all others she was horrible.

Loved watching the characters grow, I did think the fact that the Bate’s were almost always being framed for murder a bit tedious. All in all I could have enjoyed several more seasons of the show and now I’m trying to find something similar to it.

4/5

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

Director:

Shawn Levy

Starring:

Ben Stiller

Robin Williams

Owen Wilson

Steve Coogan

Dan Stevens

Rebel Wilson

Plot:

Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Review:

Movie ended on a sad note and not just because watching it I remembered how much I miss Robin Williams. What if I don’t want Larry, Ben Stiller, to move on with his life? What if I want him to be a night security guard for the rest of his days? Sure, I guess, they could do another with Rebel Wilson, but, no offense to her, it would not be the same.

Not sure why I reacted to the ending like I did because I’ve never been a huge fan of the movies. They’re cute and a nice little way to spend some time, which is all you need sometimes.

Anyway, the story was fine, a little contrived, they jumped forward on some things quickly. Mainly the relationship between Larry and his son, but it was a lot to cram into one movie. Lancelot actually made a joke about that and how it’s not how quests are done.

I liked the movie and if you’re looking for something on in the background it would be a good choice.

3/5