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I already hate this movie!
What is with Watson's slouch? She just looks like she can't be bothered, but her interactions with others show she's not sulky or insular.
When she comes in, what's with the arm touch of a random person? Does she know him? He doesn't look to familiar to her and they both shrug off the encounter even before she's started it!
Her vocal syncopation is all wrong! I'm not expecting a straight interpretation of Paige O'Hara, but c'mon...she's just through it out there without any feeling whatsoever. How about even holding her last words? I noticed in the previous Something There clip that she was short on lines, and here she cuts "sell" so it doesn't "sing".
She takes the bread without so much as a smile. She's taking the guy's bread for free, complaining about it at the same time, and doesn't even smile!
What's with the weird framing and cut with Monsieur Jean putting his hat back on? This not only totally obscures Belle, but she leaves screen right but is heading screen left - from what I've seen of actual clips from this thing, the direction is all over the place!
Belle is off to "return this book", apparently. What book? Where is the book? She's not holding anything and has just stuck a loaf of bread in her one pocket. How is she going to return a book she clearly doesn't have?
As the schoolkids stomp into school, Belle slouches by again, still without book. Shouldn't she be reading this? Also, although she wasn't ever particularly happy about living in the village, Belle still took pride in herself and made the best of things. She wasn't a sulky slouch!
As the schoolmaster slaps the kid (which he misses), he's singing out after Belle, but in the wide shot she's already gone, thus lacking the visual connection to make the line work - not that it does because she isn't "dazed and distracted" anyway, since she isn't reading her book!
Stepping stones - the one thing in this that I liked, and even that was marred by the bouncy harness that Watson is clearly wearing so that she doesn't fall in.
"No denying she's a funny girl..." has Belle stomping though the washer women, but because she STILL doesn't have her head buried in a DARN BOOK, she's not distracted and absent-minded, she's just a huge jerk who thinks she's important enough to make people leap out of her way so that she can walk through!
As some of the feedback comments say, this looks like a TV movie or one of those NBC musicals. This doesn't come over even in the same way as Cinderella, which looked amazing even if it was too close to the animated film. Here everything feels like a pale imitation, and not even as nice as the charm of the stage version.
I've been more worried about this since the Something There clip and the last trailer (is it only me finding the "enchanted objects" less than enchanted and just plain UGLY!?), with Watson's lifeless, somewhat self-aware performance, but now that has extended to the rest of the feel of the film as well.
A big opening weekend, sure, but I think drop off will be bigger than expected and time will not be as kind to this one as it has been to the now classic 1991 movie.