March 2017 felt more like a summer month with all the high-profile films that were released. Although some of these films seemed to disappoint the general movie audience, there were a select few that were absolutely stellar and made us all applaud with glee. However, what may be the most impressive film on this list is a small, independent film that points to things to come for everyone involved. With that in mind, here are the best movies of March:
#3: Beauty and the Beast
In my opinion, the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast exactly what a remake of a classic film should do: give a faithful adaptation to the source material while also adding new wrinkles to the lore. The film is perfectly cast, with Emma Watson shining as Belle. However, one could make an argument that Luke Evans as Gaston stole the show. He solidly captured the brashness of Gaston while also providing the best musical number.
Beauty and the Beast also is an important film in that it setting the groundwork for many more live-action updates of Disney’s classics tales. Judging by $174 million opening weekend for the film, I’d say Disney’s justified in moving forward with their plans.
While not everything in Beauty and the Beast translates well to live-action, the film does more than enough to be considered one of the best movies of March. I also can’t get the “tale as old as time” refrain out of my head, for whatever that’s worth.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 71%
Metacritic Score: 65
MovieBabble Score: A-
*To read my full review of Beauty and the Beast, please click here.
I may be alone on this pick for one of the best movies of March, but that’s only because Untied has yet to be seen by a ton of people. However, for those that have seen this short film, they all agree that it is a rousing success.
The film was created by first time filmmakers and produced by the newly formed ID Production Studios. Surprisingly, the creative team showed hardly any first time jitters. The film looks gorgeous and is solidly mature, allowing for its lovely themes to shine through.
Untied took a leap of faith by not adding any dialogue to the film. However, this gutsy move actually works to the film’s benefit, allowing for lovely visual storytelling to take place.
Please click here to view the film so it can continue to reach new audiences. You will not be disappointed. This is not your typical artsy fartsy short film.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: N/A
Metacritic Score: N/A
MovieBabble Score: A
*To read my full review of Untied, please click here.
Who would’ve thought after being cast in 1999 to play the role of Wolverine, Hugh Jackman would give his best performance as the character almost twenty years later? Logan is not just a great superhero movie, but also a great movie period. I give 20th Century Fox a ton of credit for allowing director James Mangold to seek out his vision for this this film, creating an R-rated film that serves the central character justice.
Logan does what many superhero films fail to do by allowing the action to settle for periods of time in order to allow for character moments to take hold. I am going to campaign hard for Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman to receive Oscar nominations for their work. Their performances are so layered, giving the film its emotional punch. Logan will absolutely make you cry if you don’t prepare yourself.
Every film should study Logan. It includes wonderful fight choreography as well as superb acting. There’s something in this movie for just about every single movie fan.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 92%
Metacritic Score: 77
MovieBabble Score: A+
*To read my full review of Logan, please click here.
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