The long weekend of Easter is upon us, and as the last weekend in the school holidays, you’ll be looking for some entertainment. It’s quality over quantity today, with only two new releases for this weekend, but they’re both highly anticipated. There’s a Disney classic for the kids and another Fast and Furious movie for… everyone else I guess?
Beauty and the Beast
Age Restriction: PG V
“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
For those of us that grew up with the original Disney animated movies, this CGI/live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is far removed from what we’re used to. The animation is sumptuous and the cast is great, but the movie has lost a little soul in the retelling. This said, the story is expanded and some plot holes have been filled. Ultimately, Beauty and the Beast is a great way to reintroduce a Disney Classic to a new generation.
Fate of the Furious
Age Restriction: 10-12 PG L V
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
For reasons unknown, Fate of the Furious got a name change to Fast & Furious 8 for local release. I’ve just been calling it Fast and Furiosa, cos Charlize. In any case, the eighth instalment of this 16-year-old franchise is as ridiculously over the top as you’ve come to expect. There’s no subtlety this time around, just more high-octane action and more of the characters you love doing what they do best. It’s not the best entry in the franchise, but it’s still a fun one.
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Last Updated: April 13, 2017