Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Film Review: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast Film Review by Lauren

I purchased the ticket to see the film; all opinions are my own

To be honest, Beauty and the Beast has never been one of my favorite Disney animated films. I always related to Belle and her love of books though. When I heard the film was going to be turned into a live-action movie and that Emma Watson would be playing Belle, I immediately knew I had to see it! This past Saturday I was finally able to watch the movie, after what seemed like years of waiting, with my mom and sister. By the time the credits rolled - and they are really cool looking credits - all three of us knew that we'd fallen in love with the story of Beauty and her Beast. I thought the acting was done well, and I loved all the songs. I'm a big musical fan so it was exciting to see mostly real people sing these beloved songs, including a few new ones that really added to the film! I especially loved the song that the Beast sings alone. It really makes you feel for the guy beneath the rough exterior. Dan Stevens did a great job as the Beast. It can't be easy to play that role, and I know he had to do a lot to bring the character to life, such as learning to use stilts. As for Emma, I thought she made a lovely Belle. She was smart and eccentric, and always a genuinely nice person. I thought her singing was lovely and I liked that it sounded like her - it made her seem young and approachable, like Beauty should be in my opinion.

T sets were just breath taking and I love that they actually created these rooms. I'm sure it really helped bring the whole world to life for the actors. The costumes were wonderful - matching the animated film without being corny. As for the secondary characters, I thought everyone was perfectly cast. Luke Evans was a handsome, yet overly irritating (in all the right ways) Gaston and his companion, LeFou was wonderfully played by Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf). If you heard any of the press surrounding the film, then you already know that LeFou was going to be shown as openly gay in the film and that this upset a lot of people. I thought it was great that Disney was going to finally have an openly gay character, but I understand the criticism that LeFou wasn't "one of the good guys" so to speak or that he was a stereotypical gay man. I can't speak for everyone, of course, but after seeing the movie, I believe that Josh and the film's creators did the character of LeFou well and made his character - gay or otherwise - one to rejoice! 

Finally, I have to mention the castle's inhabitants. In an animated film, it's easy to have a singing/talking tea pot and candlestick, but when bringing these elements in a live-action film, it's easy to see it being done wrong or coming across as corny. However, I think Beauty and the Beast did a great job. All of these characters felt and seemed like people, yet still containing their distinct look of a clock or dresser drawers. The voices for these characters were also fantastic additions to the cast and who included many people I love like Emma Thompson and Ewan McGregor. 

Beauty and the Beast was a fantastic addition to the Disney canon and it's one I'll definitely buy on DVD for my personal collection! 


Kit @ Metaphors and Moonlight said...

Beauty and the Beast has never been my favorite either, but I'm glad to hear the live action version was good :-) The sets and costumes do look gorgeous from what I've seen! And so does the animation. And I had no idea that for the part of the Beast he had to walk on stilts and everything!

Verushka said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I am so jealous! I am eating up all the awesome reviews for this movie to keep me going until I see it!

JezzebellJC said...

Oh my goodness! I want to go see it so bad! I'm hoping to go this weekend. I saw all the people cast in it and I am so extremely excited. Very glad to hear that they did the stories and the characters justice.

Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity said...

The original Disney Beauty & the Beast has always been a firm favourite of mine, so when I found out that this movie was being made I was SO excited. When the trailer came out I got goosebumps and was on the verge of tears, haha. Then when the news about LeFou came around I became a bit wary. I am still incredibly keen to see it, because the story means a lot to me and my family. I have heard mainly good things about it, so I can't wait to see how I enjoy it!

I'm glad you liked it so much, Lauren :D

Lisa Mandina said...

I loved the movie myself! The animated version came out when I was in college I think, so I wasn't really into it. But like you, I always felt a connection with Belle and her love of books. I really enjoyed all the visual beauty in the movie for sure! Great review!

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

I liked the movie a lot but I didn't see Emma as Belle. Just didn't fit.

Lola said...

Just like you Beauty and the Beats never has been my favorite either, so I wasn't sure if I wanted to see the movie. But I am glad to hear your thoughts about it and maybe I'll give it a try after all. Although I am not a big fan of musicals. It does sound like they did a great job bringing this movie alive. The trailers that I've seen so far looked good. Great review and thanks for sharing your thoughts!