• 5 Reasons Why You Need To See Beauty and the Beast @DisneyStudiosIE

    Mar 21st • Posted in Film and theatre, Reviews

    Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie

     

    Last weekend I finally got to the cinema to see Beauty and the Beast. I had my doubts when the first images and trailers were released. I thought the Beast looked too goat-like, I wasn’t sure Emma was right for Belle, and so on and so forth. This Disney classic is so close to my heart and I was terrified that they’s somehow screw it up (as if Disney don’t know what they’re doing at this stage). I’m delighted to say that it surpassed all my expectations. The minute I left the cinema I just wanted to go back in and see it again.

    So if you haven’t watched it, here are five spoiler free reasons why you need to go see Beauty and the Beast.

     

    Nostalgia

    The nostalgia factor alone was enough for me to want to see this. As much as I loved the original animated classic I really wanted to see these characters come to life on screen. We’ve all imagine walking through that amazing library or waltzing in the golden marble ballroom. This is as close as you’re going to get! Every Disney fan is going to tear up when Belle sings the opening song, and during Something There, and when she emerges in the gown, and….well you’re probably going to be emotional throughout the whole thing!

    A Well Rounded Story

    I have to admit, there were an awful lot of plot holes the animated version. Where are Adam’s mother and father? Where is Belle’s mother? Why did they move to this ‘Poor provincial town’? Why have the towns people never discovered the castle before now? All of these questions are answered in the film. The characters are fleshed out and no longer one-dimensional. It makes a lot more sense and it allows the viewer to empathise with the Beast a lot more.

    Stunning Visuals  

    The era that the original is set in is never really confirmed but the visuals tell us that it was more than likely around the early 1800s. The Baroque style is easily scene in the stunning sweeping floral designs throughout the castle, and in the elaborate dresses worn by various background characters. The same goes for the ballroom with it’s gold marble floors and chandeliers modeled from King Louis palace at Versailles. The scene where Belle and the Beast dance to Tale as Old as Time is simply beautiful.

    I have a huge interest in CGI modelling and rendering and in my opinion the Beast looked fantastic. The earlier clips did him no justice as he really comes to life at certain points during the movie. This was thanks to a ground-breaking combination of puppetry (Dan in a suit and six inch stilts), and facial motion capture. Prosthetics just wouldn’t have cut it. The Beast’s subtle expressions and nuances allowed us to really feel his love for Belle, and his sorrow.

    Songs

    We all know neither Emma or Dan are professional singers so I was ready to cut them some slack before the movie even started, but I was surprised. Emma did sound a little bit auto-tuned in parts but on the whole I think she did a great job. I love how the added their own little quirks to the songs so while they were familiar they also made them their own.

    All the original songs are there, and we are also treated to four new songs. Thanks to Alan Menken they fit into the story beautifully. My favorite, by far is the Beast’s song, Evermore. It was so emotional and theatrical. The Beast is a complicated character and I’ve always felt he deserved his own song. Evermore explains his past, his motivations, and it really allows us to understand him. Evermore offers us a glimpse into his vulnerable human side

    Lefou and Gaston

    Oh boy, with the controversy that surrounded this you’d swear they were stripping off on screen! Lefou’s feelings towards Gaston are hinted at but it’s incredibly subtle. Much too subtle for a child to ever pick up on. It’s really just something for the adults to have a giggle at. Honestly, their ‘friendship’ was one of the highlights of the movie for me. Josh and Luke’s rapport on screen was highly entertaining. Lefou is no longer just a silly side kick like he is in the animated version. He has a more defined personality in the movie and it makes it so much more authentic and interesting to watch. Especially during Gaston’s song.

    So have you seen Beauty and the Beast? What did you think?
  • 33 comments
    5 Reasons Why You Need To See Beauty and the Beast @DisneyStudiosIE

    • Oh God Amanda. This film. I was so so so pleased with it. And I have to agree with you, I absolutely adored the Beast's song. I was such a little fangirl in the cinema, and I will definitely be going again.

    • I haven't seen this flick yet. And I am dying to watch it soonest. There were so many movies before The Beauty and The Beast that I wasnt able to watch. Being a stay at home mom can be a real struggle when going out. I need someone to look after the boys esp my baby.

      • admin says:

        Aw I get that. It can be so hard to get out of the house when you have small kids. You could have a movie night when the DVD comes out 🙂

    • Rat says:

      I have read many positive reviews about this film. I have seen the trailer and I thought Emma looks like the ideal Belle. This movie certainly brings back lots of memories where the fairy tale characters come to life. This musical has already won hearts of many – both children and the adults. And I am so looking forward to watch this Disney movie. 🙂

    • Michelle says:

      I was able to see the movie, too. I was on a date with my husband last Saturday and we're so glad we chose to watch Beauty and the Beast! I love the movie!! I can't stress it enough. I agree that it is nostalgic as it made me feel so young once again. It's one of the best disney movies I've seen so far, in my opinion only. I'm just glad they didn't stray away too much from the original story from the book. <3

    • Wow, I truly heard a lot of good things about this movie and by reading your movie review, I guess I really have to check it tomorrow if it's still available in the Cinema. Thank you so much for sharing. A well written review by the way.

    • Carola K says:

      I had/ have doubts as well. Still doubting whether to go and see it. I've just watched the series Once Upon A Time and I'm so used to Rumpelstiltskin and Belle. But your review convinces me to go and see this movie! I love the story of Belle and the Beast.

    • Sam says:

      I've been hearing a lot of good reviews about Beauty and the Beast. Unfortunately, I don't feel an emotional connection with Belle. But I do with Emma Watson. Will probably end up watching this months after.

    • I've read good reviews about this film.No chance to watch yet.Your post make it interesting.I'll check the possibilities to watch it…

    • Yan Birog says:

      Aw I love all the reasons you cited and how it's, best of all, SPOILER FREE! I haven't watched the movie, and I'm still deciding on cos I'm not a big fan of it as a cartoon classic. I was, however, amazed at the cinematography and the whole magical feeling the live action gives. <3

      • admin says:

        As someone who studied animation and was a huge fan of the original, I had so many doubts too but believe me my worries were unfounded! It's amazing!

    • Joanna Davis says:

      I am actually planning on going to see the Beauty and the beast next week. It's one of my childhood movies, I remember how much I liked the cartoon. And the fact that Emma Watson is playing Belle makes this movie even better, I love her and she is so suited for this role.

    • Indrani says:

      I have been reading too many reviews of this lately! It has only increased my desire to see it. Nostalgia – yes, that too is a reason. 🙂 Why not see the childhood imaginations in real!

    • Well, to be honest I have not seen the movie yet. Well, the live action of course. I guess maybe I was turned off by the new version of the Beauty and Beast song which was sung by Ariana and John Legend. I lean more to the original versions of the song. I remembered a video which featured Angela Lansbury singing the theme song and just listening to her sing made me tear up a bit. I guess Disney is really uniting people of all ages and nationalities through their movies and it's pretty amazing!

    • I so agree that they have shown the story with answers to our questions, I so love the part where the beast took her to Paris too. I am not over yet with this movie even though I watched this twice on 3D yet I still want to watch more! So classic and so pleasing to watch.

    • I agree wholeheartedly with everything you wrote! Unlike you, I'm not much of a fan of the animated series- I liked it fine, but I wasn't super nuts about it. So when the film version came, I just watched it for the hell of it. But I have to admit it was magical! I loved everything about it from casting, to the visuals, to the story line. You're right, they did fix a lot of holes from the animated version and it did wonders to the flow of the story. I also loved how they both made Belle and the Beast book worms- it gave them some common ground and made it more believable when they started falling in love. Anyway, I'm officially a fan. I can watch this film over and over and over again. 🙂

    • KT Nielsen says:

      I watched it on 2D and on IMAX!!! And guess what, I want to watch it again. Oh my! I would watch it even just for the soundtrack/music alone. I love love this movie. I couldn't possibly rave so much about it but yes, this movie is up there on my list.

    • I loved this movie so much! If only I could watch it a thousand times more in the cinema. I love how the characters were portrayed so well, and the music… wow, I couldn't even begin describing. I heard that this was just the first of the many remakes that Disney will make, and I hope the others in the future can surpass this one as well. Best one so far! <3

    • Liana says:

      I had doubts as well, and then even tho I was already convinced for me to go see it on screens, I became obsessed with it as soon as I've heard they were shooting it. I was scared they wouldn't respect the essence of the Disney movie, because let's face it, it's my childhood favorite one, but wholeheartly I agree with everything you just mentioned, and I'm going to finally see it today!

    • Johna says:

      Great reasons to watch! I watched it as soon as it came out hehe. I really loved it, brought back some many memories from my childhood 😀

    • Berlin says:

      It was late already when I saw Beauty and the Beast but it was worth it. And I must agree. The visuals are simply stunning. The story as well is so classic. And the actors are great and talented. Love the music, too. It makes me feel like a princess and a girl wishing for her Prince charming too, though the prince charming isnt the typical prince charming type.
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    • I’ve seen the animated version at least 3 times in the past. Then, we also watched this version. I like the animated version more. But this version is also nice.

    • Uj almocera says:

      Great review!!! I agree with your points specially on the visuals and the songs! Emma did very well! I also like the idea that she refused to wear a corset. Talk about women empowerment

    • Mumwrites says:

      I love this film and I am not being biased because I love Emma Watson! I thought it was created well and every element put together to make a beautiful film! I would love to watch it again this weekend! 😀
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