Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney princess film so when I heard they were doing a live-action remake, I was a bit sceptical.
Belle is my favourite Disney princess so, not gonna lie, I was a bit sceptical of Emma Watson too.
However, I’ve got to say… I was amazed! I’m going to do my best not to give away any spoilers but come on, it’s Beauty and the Beast. If you’re thinking of seeing the re-make I’m going to assume you have seen the cartoon!
The animations of the entire film were spectacular – Disney Animation (and budget) at its finest! I don’t know the ins and outs of animation but it really was breath-taking how it all flowed together.
The best example of what I’m explaining (or trying to), is the Be Our Guest segment. The colours, the music, the dancing – lots of pizzazz! I had that feeling, you know when you watch something and instantly want to applaud…that’s how I felt. Except I didn’t cus you know, I’m in a quiet cinema full of strangers, but my automatic reaction almost took over.
Another thing I enjoyed was that you were given the backstory of a few questions you might have had after watching the cartoon (no matter how many times you watch it). I.e. you learn what happened to Belle’s mother, and a few other things. I really liked this because it just gives the story a bit more depth and you can relate to the characters more.
Lastly – the actors. Emma Watson was a fab Belle. I didn’t know she could sing which was a nice surprise. I mean, obviously she could sing if she was cast as Belle but in general it was a surprise.
Loved the guy who played Gaston (Luke Evans), I liked the comedy that was brought to the role – t’was a good touch!
There were quite a few good comedy lines actually. My favourite kind of films are those which incorporate comedy somehow but the whole film isn’t a comedy – if that makes sense. So although the comedy wasn’t a regular feature, it was a welcomed feature nonetheless 🙂
Speaking of comedy (again), two of my favourite characters are Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Ian McKellan). Love the bickering between these 2, gives the right split between serious-romance and comedy. Plus, Ewan McGregor does a fab, or excellenté perhaps, French accent.
So that’s my informal review of Beauty and the Beast, if you haven’t seen it yet then I’d highly recommend! Especially if you’re a fan of the original cartoon, or even if you’re just curious as to how they’ve made the film.