Length: 129 minRating: PGRelease Date: 17 March 2017 (USA)Tagline: Be our guest.
An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
I don’t remember the first time I saw Beauty and the Beast, all I remember is falling in love with it and declaring to anyone who would listen that I was Belle. All the ‘What Disney Princess Are You?’ quizzes since have confirmed what I already knew at a very young age.
The animated movie came out the year I was born – there was no way it wasn’t going to be my favourite Disney movie (tied with the Lion King). And with the incredible success of the live-action Cinderella release in 2015, there was no way that this remake wasn’t going to be good.
Living in New Zealand meant we had to wait until the 30th of March for it to hit our big screens, and then I had to wait another whole week, because while I wanted to see it so desperately, we were having a girls night the week after it’s release. Patience is not my strong suit.
But we finally saw it. And I nearly cried. And it was the most beautiful thing I’ve seen all year. And please can I watch it again right now.
There is no one else who is better suited for Belle than Emma Watson, and she seriously rocked the role. She was strong and sweet, and confident and ah! Just perfect for the role. Emma is one of my favourite people (Watson for Queen of the World anyone?), so as my favourite Disney character, it was a fantastic combination.
While we didn’t really get to see his face until the end, Dan Stevens was a great Beast. If you’re interested in how they did the Beast, check out this cool video. Luke Evans made for a handsome and infuriating love-to-hate Gaston, and his side kick LeFou was wonderfully played by Josh Gad.
Speaking of Gaston and LeFou, it was slightly controversial when it was announced that Disney were altering Le Fou’s character from the original, but I think it was a great addition and I definitely applaud Disney for this change.
And speaking of changes, loved how it was Belle who was also an inventor, rather than just Maurice. It made Belle’s character even more kick-ass, if that’s even possible, and it’s definitely something that adds to the story and Belle as a character. The addition of a little background to both Gaston’s military past and the story of Belle’s mother were a few of the other little additions that set it apart from the 1991 film, but they added a little more depth to the story as a whole.
You can’t go an entire Disney movie review without mentioning the music. Cinderella wasn’t a musical, bar a few lines of song that Cinderella sings out her window. When we discovered that they were indeed keeping the songs (and adding new ones!), it automatically made it shoot up in kudos from my point of view. While there might have been some hesitation and apprehension around the singing aspect and adding new songs, I think it was done really well, and the actors did beautifully.
It was an incredible remake, I can’t wait to see it again, and then buy the DVD and add it to the ‘let’s binge watch Disney films all day’ list.
Have you seen it? On a scale of loved it to I must watch it every day for the rest of my life, how much did you love it?