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Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale
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Technically the movie was not all there (like the editing being confusing at times, and sometimes the lighting/photography was not good, with some scenes looking bland or washed), but i found the basic story, characters and the basic sense of it to be very good.
Rhett Giles as Count Rudolph and Vanessa Gray as Lady Helen (the "witch" - a "fairy" in the original 18th century tale turns the prince into the beast) make a good bad couple.
Estella Warren as Belle (the beauty) and Victor Parascos as the Beast are wonderful.
Their relationships and roles are well done and interesting.
the bonus features include some fun interviews with the main actors, make-up artist and director.
rated R for violent images; namely a "troll" killing and eating people.
I think Estella Warren is simply fabulous. She's a bit of a struggling actress from a former career in modeling and if I recall correctly, a history as an athlete from her native Canada... Many good actresses and actors don't have the option of choosing from premium scripts and starring roles like the A list people do, and they must settle for films like this and do the best they can with them.
When I saw Estella in the 2001 Mark Wahlberg remake of Planet of the Apes I thought she was great too, but she didn't get much attention or the best role in my opinion, as she was overshadowed by Helena Bonham Carter's character.
So Estella's acting may not be on a par with the top actresses of our day, but I think she does a pretty bang up job with what she gets offered, and she just seems to me like a real sweetheart. I'd pretty much watch anything she has a role in just to see her.
The story itself has a somewhat unique twist on the Beauty and the Beast theme and they obviously went to some effort to get the "period" setting correct in the film with costumes, armor etc, though the special effects and gore might have been a bit off to the taste of many. Overall though the cast did a good job with what they had before them.
You have to expect that any movie that doesn't get huge box office attention is probably not going to be something that is extremely moving or deep drama.Read more ›
Would I watch again? - Never again will I watch this
This true story happened in the middle ages when two evil people lived, a witch and a count. The king of the state dies and the cruel count wants to be king. The witch wants to marry him so she can have even more power than she currently has. She promises the count that she can help him catch the beast and become a hero who the villagers will want as their king.
We wait with batted breath to find out who is the beast, how did he become a beast, will he become human with a kiss, how can normal people overcome a witch?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this version of Beauty and the Beast. The makeup on the Beast was well done. Belle's costuming was obviously made for males to ogle. Her acting was not very good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Holly H.
Very entertaining though a slightly different version of the classic story. Wish it had been a bunch less bloody.Published 15 months ago by The Duke
i love this movie and it is a wonderful part of my movie collectionPublished on June 28, 2014 by rogdrick jordan
Will history teach us nothing? I've had cohorts and minions try to warn me off this Syfy flick. But, going in, all I ever saw was Estella Warren. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by H. Bala
This movie is completely a B rated film, but I always like terrible movies. The story is good enough and the idea is well played. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by GreenQueen33
It is a different take on the Beauty and the Beast story. It's more scarier version than the original versionPublished on January 4, 2014 by Jacob Folden