Duration: 2 hours 19 minutes
Release Date: February 23 2017 (London)
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson & Sir Ian McKellen
Director: Bill Condon
Music Composed By: Alan Menken
Lyrics By: Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Ratings: IMDb: 7.8/10, Rotten Tomatoes: 71%, Common Sense Media: 4/5
Summary: Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.
I want to begin by saying: I loved the animated Beauty and the Beast! So, I was both excited and somewhat weary about seeing the Live Action Remake, as usual going into movies like these I had high hopes (and admittedly fairly low expectations). I found that, to my pleasure, the movie blew my expectations out of the water and I was delighted.
The cast was perfectly chosen (though can one go wrong with Sir Ian McKellen?), the story stayed true to the original and built on it – it addressed the absence of Belle’s mother, why nobody knew about the prince or the castle or the staff within, characters were given more depth (like LeFou who, in the original, only served to bring attention to Gaston and boost his enormous ego, or the beast who was a fairly two dimensional character), music was great, and visuals were stunning.
As much as I love the music, I felt like that was the movies greatest let down. There seemed to be some inconsistencies in the vocals, as if some parts were heavily auto tuned, others were not, at one point I thought another person was singing.
I would highly recommend watching the film!
Personal Rating: 4/5
Until next time, warm hugs!