Release Year: 2017
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Musical
Run Time: 2 hr 9 min
Director: Bill Condon
Familiar Faces: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Summary (summary provided by IMDb):
Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.
Rating: 10 / 10 = will be purchasing this movie for my home collection.
“My dear Belle, you’re so ahead of your time. This is a small village, and it’s small-minded, as well. But small also means safe.” – Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Where do I even start?
I LOVED this movie.
As a kid, Beauty and the Beast was my all-time, hands-down, absolute, favorite Disney movie. Uh… hello? The princess in this one is a book nerd. That alone makes the story line perfect. And, as someone who has seen the original Beauty and the Beast enough times to quote every line, I was ecstatic that this 2017 version followed the original to a T. (with the addition of a few added songs)
I’ve read a few movie reviews stating that the effects, including the Baroque decorations and the portrayal of the characters, were overly extravagant. I completely disagree:
- First of all, the style of the castle and decorations is centered on the Baroque era. If you are familiar with this time period, then you would know that Baroque means extravagant – I am talking about bedazzaling the holy-moly out of everything, even the cat. Baroque style meant: drama, grandeur, exuberance, tension, excessive ornamentation. Hollywood got it right on the dramatic aspect, for a change.
- Second, this is a Disney Fairy tale/Musical. You better bet your bottom that the characters are going to be portrayed as being overly-hopped-up-on-coffee.
The actresses/actors hand picked for this movie were also spot on. Emma Watson as Belle could not have been a more perfect pick; Even Mr. Luke Evans as Gaston (ha!). I thought their acting and singing skills did justice to the original animated movie.
* Also, if 3D movies do not give you a headache, then I would recommend watching this in Real-3D. It really helps you appreciate all the details – especially during the “Be Our Guest” scene.
Go see this movie (if you liked the original Beauty and the Beast). You will not be disappointed. I am hoping to catch another showing of this in 3D again before it leaves the theaters. And, when it does, I will be adding the DVD to my own home collection.
Just for kicks. Here is a clip of the original: