Review: Beauty and The Beast Live Action



Prepare to enter an enchanted world when you watch the new Live-Action remake of “Beauty and The Beast.” The most anticipated movie of the year has hit the big screen and it will not disappoint fans!


This beautiful new introduced version has been translated into the 21st Century yet maintains the integrity of the original Disney film. Belle is portrayed as inventive and an industrious girl. She is clearly ahead of her time and is more interested in finding out who she is. She has no interest in finding a husband or being a princess.


Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.


Emma Watson’s interpretation of Belle empowers a whole new generation. She is a great role model for young girls because she fights for what she believes in. Belle is curious and has a great thirst for knowledge. She is a fighter, activist, and is the first modern Disney Princess.


Gaston (Luke Evens) is smooth, charming, and likable at first. Then he slowly transforms into one of Disney’s most arrogant, cavalier, and infamous villains.


Josh Gad was hilarious in his role as “Lefou.” He is completely obsessed with Gaston (hint hint) and will unveil a secret. (no more spoilers I promise)


The Beast played by Dan Stevens, initially is a bit dark and scary.(ok for kids) With the help of his friends, his layers are removed and he learns to love.

It was refreshing to see such a colorful cast. The characters are of different ethnicities, genders, and some were cheerfully flamboyant. It is a clear indication that Disney is opening the doors widely to diversity and embracing individuality.

The Computer Generated (CG) animation that was incorporated in the film was sophisticated and very much ALIVE! Lumiere, Cogsworth, and the other castle characters were true to the original version. Their distinct personalities were brilliantly executed. The “Be Our Guest” scene was just delightful!

The music (reprise) composed by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, was exceptionally performed and was enchanting. Audra McDonald (Garderobe), had large impact vocally in the film. She was sensational!

The Message

In Director Bill Condon’s interview he said, “You know, I talked before about how we translate this into a live act – that means filling out the characters. It’s also a translation to 2017, you know? And what is this movie about? What has this story always been about?
For 300 years it’s about looking closer, going deeper, you know, accepting
people for who they really are, and in a very Disney way we are including
everybody. I think this movie is for everybody, and on the screen you’ll see
everybody, and that was important to me, I think to all of us.”

Bravo Disney! After screening this film I cried tears of joy. Go see the new Live-Action “Beauty and the Beast” today!

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