A fantastic retelling of this classic fairytale.
Starring: Emma Watson and Luke Evans
Plot: The fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in the beast’s castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realise the kind heart of the true Prince within.
Remarks: Beauty And The Beast is a film I have been waiting a long time to see. Ever since Emma Watson was announced as Belle, I set high expectations for this film – and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it is probably the best live-action remake Disney have made to date.
Beauty And The Beast is a nostalgic film for many young adults who grew up with Disney’s animated version so, the pressure was on to deliver. Disney, therefore, created a film which took the original and enhanced it. With a few minor changes to the story we know, the team made the story more magical than ever in a film which will please both children and adults alike.
The film was perfectly cast. Emma Watson was the perfect Belle. I felt that she encompassed every aspect of the character and identified with her so much that she felt so comfortable in the role. She was headstrong yet kind, brave yet loving and was the definition of a true heroine. Her caring nature was easily spotted from the first scene and was carried throughout the film – a lesson many of us should take to heart. Dan Stevens, was the ultimate beast. The make-up, effects and performance was world-class and he managed to make audiences afraid of him while warming them up to his character as the film went on. Then there was Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou. Their chemistry was incredible. Both characters are a bit bizarre but the actors really took on the roles in their stride and went with it.
The film, however, is nothing without the enchanted items in the castle. Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts, Chip and the rest of the gang were brought to life in the most magnificent way. Disney did a fantastic job with each character who brought something unique to the table. The voice cast was also magnificent.
However, it was the set and costumes which really stole the show. Everything from the village to the castle to the forest and the clothing was immaculate. Disney spared no cent making sure that these aspects were done right and it’s something that really helps transport the viewer into the time period.
While a lot of people have been complaining about Emma Watson’s auto-tuned voice, I thought she did a pretty good job. Her renditions of ‘Belle’, ‘Something There’, and ‘How Does A Moment Last Forever’ weren’t anything mind-blowing, but were sufficient and she pulled them off well. Naturally, the music was incredible. Dan Stevens shines in ‘Evermore’ and Luke Evans and Josh Gad do a great job on ‘Gaston’. But it’s ‘Be Our Guest’ that really stole the show for me. Alongside an incredibly pleasing visual, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and the rest of the gang give a stellar performance that will have you hooked on every word. The score was also something that the team behind the movie spent a lot of time on and added so much to the film.
Overall, this is exactly the live-action film the classic deserved. It’s magical, nostalgic and teaches an important lesson. I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favourite films of 2017 and I really hope it takes home an Oscar or two at next year’s awards.
Beauty And The Beast releases on IMAX screens on the 7th of April with a full theatrical release on the 13th of April 2017.
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