Today I finally watched the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast and I can honestly say I highly enjoyed it. Here’s a rundown on what I know of Beauty and the Beast. I never watched the animated Disney Beauty and the Beast film, I missed that bandwagon, but I did own a book of the fairy tale when I was a child and I LOVED it. I read it over and over again and so to see the movie brought back all of that nostalgia from when I was little girl.
When this movie was coming out last year there was so MUCH publicity surrounding the film I didn’t want to watch it but now that it’s been just over a year since it burst into theaters I’ve finally seen it and I am very happy that I did. I tried to watch Cinderella and couldn’t finish it but Beauty and the Beast was much better and I am here to share with you my review of the movie. Enjoy!
I’ve been watching Emma Watson as Hermione Granger since before I could remember and so to see her play such an iconic princess was very brave for her. When I see Emma Watson I instantly say to myself, “Oh, it’s Hermione!” I’m proud to say that throughout this movie I thought of her as Belle rather than Hermione which was kind of surprising. And she did a pretty decent job when it came to the singing scenes which was very worthy of applause. They could’ve definitely picked a better Belle but Emma Watson did a great performance.
And I loved that this version of Belle was a strong-willed woman. She never was a damsel in distress, she never took orders or acted like she was scared to go toe to toe with the Beast, and she was an inventor. It made her more than just some remake of a Disney princess, it made her a heroine worth liking and I liked that aspect of the film.
Oh my goodness, Luke Evans did such a marvelous job playing the role of Gaston. He was charming and dashing and such a jerk. Basically, he was perfect. I loved Luke Evans in The Hobbit Trilogy as Bard, the killer of the dragon, Smaug and to see him take this role was exciting to say the least. What surprised me most about his performance was the fact that he could sing! Bard singing? Really? That was a fun experience seeing Luke Evans singing with his shockingly rich voice. He, unfortunately, came to a rather shocking and gruesome ending in the movie. I really did not think he was going to die but oh well, that’s what he gets for being the biggest jerk on the planet. *shrug*
There have been many versions of the Beast and while I’m sure he was supposed to emit a sort of menace or scary appearance in the movie he was definitely never scary. But he was surprisingly sweet and kind and I was surprisingly able to relate with Belle and why she fell in love with him. Oh my gosh, do I like the Beast?
I’m waiting for there to finally be a version of the Beast that’s just purely horrid to look at so it’ll truly convey why we’re supposed to be so afraid of him but this was a decent version of the iconic character.
All of the Servants
One of my favorite aspects of this movie were the servants around the castle. I never thought a candle holder, a clock, a teacup, a piano, etc. could enthrall me so much but they really did. They were so kind and helpful and honestly my favorite part of the movie was when the servants were lifted from their curses and I got to see what they really looked like from beneath their cursed facades.
First of all, the clock was played by Ian McKellen! Oh my goodness, the legend, Ian Mackellen? I have watched him as Gandalf since before I knew I was watching him and so to find out that he was the clock was just a joy for me.
Secondly, the candle, Lumière. I loved the candle. He was charismatic, he was funny, but when I found out Ewan Mcgregor (a.k.a Obi-Wan Kenobi!) played him my jaw dropped. Obi-Wan can sing?! When did that happen? I couldn’t believe it. There were so many actors in this movie that I knew very well from other films that I really love and it was just a joy seeing them in a whole new light.
And then of course the other servants, while I didn’t know who those actors were, they did a marvelous job.
I’m a huge fan of Disney songs. They just make me so happy and the songs for Beauty and the Beast are just magnificent. I loved the musical vibe the movie gave and there were a lot of times when the songs just covered my body in goosebumps. Especially “Be My Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Those are just magical songs. Did I mention I love Disney? 🙂
One thing Disney never fails at is making a visually enticing film and this movie does not disappoint. From beginning to end the movie is stunningly beautiful and that always helps provide a magic to films other, more drab movies can’t hope to possess.
My Conclusion of the Film
I’ve watched a bit of the live-action Cinderella but I couldn’t finish it. I’ve seen the live-action version of The Jungle Book and while I did enjoy it to a certain degree it, after a while, lost that magic that made it so enjoyable for the first half of the movie. I saw the first Alice in Wonderland which was delightfully odd and peculiar and just downright amazing (it was the first movie I ever watched in IMAX.) And I’m pretty sure those are the only live-action Disney films I have watched over the years and Beauty and the Beast is clearly better than all of them.
The movie is very kid friendly, most of the songs are magnificent, the story is easy to follow and never gets too long or boring, the film is beautiful to observe, and I just had a great time watching it.
I’d give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and 91 out of 100. The movie was well crafted and while it wasn’t entirely perfect I did enjoy finally seeing it. After seeing Beauty and the Beast now I’m extra excited for the live-action versions of Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, and maybe even Mary Poppins. Disney just keeps continuing to give me a lot of happiness. 🙂
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.