Truth be told, the 1991 Disney animated version of Beauty and the Beast was the first movie I saw on a “date”. I put the word date in quotations for two reasons: I was 8 years old…and my mother was sitting in the row behind me and Molly Oliver. That’s a little window into my romantic boyhood charm, but it also tells you that I remember the first time I saw the classic “Tale as old as time” brought to the screen. Now, 24 years later, we get the live-action version, that uses creepy CGI to create the beast, music that will still make your heart flutter, and fails to surpass the original. Beauty and the Beast is a fancy affair, but delivers too little for me to fall in love with.
Kristen Stewart has begun to develop an entirely unique acting style all on her own. I like to call it “awkward auteur”. The actress may forever be remembered for being “the girl from Twilight”, but she has done a complete 180 over the past 5 years. She made her star turn in Clouds of Sils Maria, played a tough and conflicted prison guard in Camp X-Ray, worked with Kelly Reichardt in Certain Women, and showing her adorable charm in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society. All of those performances are serious, great work by Stewart, and that perfect awkwardness is on display again in the creepy and uniquely weird Personal Shopper.