Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.
Beauty and the Beast
On DVD: June 28 2017
“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
The film stars:
Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Thanks to the awesome team at Disney, we were privileged to attend a pre-screening of the wonderfully beautiful story of Beauty and the Beast. A tale as old as time and one that takes on a journey where we discover the beauty that is within, can be strong to find itself and let True Love win.
For me, Belle was always one of the strongest of the Disney characters. A strength of character, a strength to see beyond the shallowness of what is on the outside, and a strength to believe in the best in people. Emma Watson was an inspiring choice to play the role of Belle. Not only does she have the exterior beauty about her, but like Belle, she has the beauty within and she portrayed Belle perfectly right down to the look in her eyes that goes beyond the words she says.
Dan Stevens was fantastic as The Beast who is struggling to awaken the good in his heart and find true love before the last petal falls, dooming the castle and all its characters to their fate.
Luke Evans was simply brilliant as the egotistical hunter who simply can’t believe that Belle wouldn’t choose him to spend her life with. Playing the role perfectly right down to the sexy pout, I think we all fell a little in love with the villain.
The songs brought back so many memories for me (I loved Beauty and The Beast as a child), and yes, I sang along, but quietly and I have to wonder how many others did exactly the same thing ?
The Be Our Guest sequence was nothing short of fantastic and was one of many highlights for me.
And I have to admit that I was extremely happy that they didn’t re-invent the movie as they have done with some lately. They simply took something great, and made it even better.
Honestly the movie was fabulous the cast was fabulous and I could go on and on and ON about how amazing everything was, but my advice to you all is to go out and see it for yourself, at least once !!
I plan on seeing it at least a few more times