Beauty and the beast is the newest live-action remake by disney, directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson(Harry Potter series,Bling Ring) as Belle, Luke Evans(Dracula Untold,Fast And Furious 6) as Gaston, Josh Gad(Frozen,Book of Mormon play) as Lafou and Dan Stevens(The Guest,Downton Abbey) as the Beast. Disney’s has been keeping this trend of remaking all there classic 2D films into live-action adaptations and some have worked incredibly well with the new facelift (Jungle Book) and others that should’ve just stayed in the “Disney Vault” (Pan) and Beauty And The Beast is definitely one that deserves a modern age retelling.
the 1991 classic was nominated for best picture that year and has withstood the test of time so it’s exciting it’s getting the live-action remake, which the main criticism for this has been that the live-action remakes have been nothing but shot-for-shot transitions of the the classic and don’t need to be remade anyways, which isn’t necessarily the problem Beauty And The Beast though there are a lot of sequences that are in the 2D animated movie, the biggest highlight for myself was that every character finally had some depth to them which the one who got the most character development was Lafou who during the press tour of this movie it was announced that he was going to be the first openly gay character in a disney movie which works well in this movie, Josh Gad was great as Lafou and the fact he was gay actually made his character work so much better Gad adds such color and a comedic feel to Lafou, Luke Evans as Gaston is a solid performance and gives Gaston a better approach as a villain he feels so much more hateable and I was even surprised at well Evans is as a singer, the main positive is that Belle and the Beast finally have a back story to them there’s a new scene that introduces why Belle’s mom is never mentioned in the older film that adds new depth to her and even adding to the beast how decorated in education he was and how this spell has made him really bitter and angsty, the other thing that this movie does well is that the romance between the two of them is better executed it gives you a warm, nostalgic feel for romance and the ordinary girl gets her prince charming tale that disney does so well in all their older films.
The cinematography and CGI in this film are great, but there was a few times it was pretty blatant that there was some type of green screen in the shot or the motion capture of the beast and his servants would look just a bit off and would be distracting. The servants however were great looking all the i guess you would call appliances such as Lumiere,Cogsworth,and Mrs. Potts and her son Chip were my favorite part of this movie each had their own way about them that made had me grinning from ear to ear the whole time, even the voice cast for the servants was incredible Ian Mckellan,Ewan Mcgregor, and Emma Thompson make up some of the cast and it was so good to hear their voices with these characters.
Beauty and the Beast was a great time in the theater if you’re a fan of the classic then this is a must-see and even if you’re not a fan or have never seen the original this is a great time if you have a family and want to see something in a theater. I’m giving Beauty and the Beast a “B-”. If you have seen Beauty and the beast what did you think? comment below and if you like what you read like and subscribe for more.