I’m seeing a lot of criticism of her voice and I’m going to
have to disagree. As someone who has been studying music extensively for the past 13
years as well also being a classically trained pianist and vocalist I think
her performance was rather impressive. She obviously isn’t someone who grew up in
vocal training but she is clearly talented. Her tone and stability is clear and
steady, she has pretty good range and through her voice isn’t extremely
powerful it’s pleasant and I wouldn’t describe it as weak.
When I heard that Emma Watson was going to play Belle I
thought she was perfect acting wise but I was skeptical of her singing. I was
surprised at the amount of emotion and fragility she brought in her singing and how lovely it turned out. It’s rare for someone who isn’t classically trained to be able to sing
Of course when you compare her to Audra McDonald she pales
in comparison but I still say that given her inexperience she did remarkably
well. The sweetness and innocence in her tone combined with her surprisingly solid
technique has me believing her to be a talented vocalist. Not the best by any
means but she sure as hell carried her weight in the film and I’ll fight anyone
who says otherwise (not really but I’ll politely disagree).
Brendol Hux leads a mundane life as a lawyer but his dreams are filled with vivid images of him living in a faraway galaxy as a ruthless military General. He finds himself distracted during the day as his thoughts are constantly lingering on Kylo Ren, a strong & alluring character who always seems to be by General Hux’s side on the bridge of their ship. Hux finds himself wishing the day away just so he can get home and dream of himself as ‘General Hux’ and have Kylo Ren by his side.
Ben Solo is an insomniac, unable to sleep as a result of his dreams being plagued by nightmares which depict him as ‘Kylo Ren’, a dark and conflicted knight with mysterious powers. But the only pleasant thing about his nightmares is 'General Hux’, a man who Ben can’t prevent himself from thinking about during the day. But he knows that General Hux is simply a figment of his imagination…or so his therapists have firmly told him.
Whilst at a friend’s party, Hux spots a familiar face across the room, someone who looks exactly like Kylo Ren, the man in his imagination who Hux thinks he’s fallen in love with. When the man stares back at Hux with the same astonished expression, Hux decides to approach him and the two realise that they do indeed know each other.
As they see more of each other and discuss their dreams, Hux realises that Ben is exactly like the Kylo in his dreams, and Ben finds that Hux is exactly like his ‘imaginary’ General.
John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, The Waters of Lethe by the Plains of Elysium (c. 1880)
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To Mnemosyne, or the Goddess of Memory The fumigation from Frankinscense.
“The consort I invoke of Jove divine, Source of the holy, sweetly-speaking Nine; Free from th’ oblivion of the fallen mind, By whom the soul with intellect is join’d: Reason’s increase, and thought to thee belong, All-powerful, pleasant, vigilant, and strong: ‘Tis thine, to waken from lethargic rest All thoughts deposited within the breast; And nought neglecting, vigorous to excite The mental eye from dark oblivion’s night. Come, blessed power, thy mystic’s mem'ry wake To holy rites, and Lethe’s fetters break.”