TL;DR – It has strong characters, a great story, and some of the best laughs so far this year while still having substance behind it.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Well, 2019 has not been the best year for comedy, with very few films getting
that double goal of being both funny but also having some substance to it.
However, when I walked into Late Night
I was more than a little optimistic about its prospects. That is because the
writer and star Mindy Kaling is an amazing comedian and Emma Thompson is always
bringing her A-game. Well, as I walked out it was nice to realise that I was
able to get at least something right this year.
So to set the scene, Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is the first-ever female
host of a late-night talk show and has been a mainstay of the late-night world
for decades. She has won multiple Emmys and awards but the show has stagnated
over the last couple of years and her new boss Caroline Morton (Amy Ryan) is
looking to shake things up with a replacement host. Meanwhile, Molly Patel (Mindy
Kaling) works at a chemical plant and uses the plant’s connections to interview
for a job she has always wanted as a writer at a late-night comedy show. Her
interview went poorly, but Katherine now needs to shake things up and well this
might be it.
TL;DR – It is a beautiful recreation of the original film with a great cast and music, but while it is good, it does not do enough to separate itself from its animated inspiration.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Beauty and the Beast was the crown jewel of the Disney Renaissance in the 1990s and were one of the few animated films to ever be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. As a film, it is as majestic today as it was when it was released, and that’s a testament to the original songs and animation. So for any movie that adapts the classic La Belle et la Bête is going to have the issue of being compared to one of the greatest films that have been made, so how do you compete with such a legacy, how do you set your work apart from that classic film … well, how about you do a mostly shot by shot remake of the original. So not only is this the 3rd remake we have had in the row (see Power Rangers & Ghost in the Shell), it is also the next in this long line of live-action remakes of classic Disney films (see The Jungle Book) which only Pete’s Dragon has really worked for me. So with all these remakes floating around how does Beauty and the Beast compare with its past as well as the current cinematic landscape, well that is the question that we will be exploring today. Now since this is a movie based off a 1991 movie based on a story written in 1740 there may be some spoilers here, but the movie has been out for quite a while.