So the next installment in Disney’s live action remakes of their cartoons see Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens bring the Tale as Old as Time to life in all its beauty.
I’ve not been a fan of the live action films but Beauty and the Beast is by far one of my most favourite films of all time and with it being a true live action remake I was looking forward to seeing just how well the story looks in live action.
I loved everything about it other then the direction to make Belle (Emma Watson) rude. Yes I’m going to say it, Belle came across to me as a rude and annoying character instead of the strong, well meaning and mannered young lady she was in the cartoon version. It was like they tried to mix in a Tom Boy version of Belle but forgot that she was at heart just the most beautiful person you’d meet.
Other then that, and it didn’t come as a surprise because I don’t like Watson as a actress anyway, the film was magnificent.
Luke Evans was the stand out of the film as Gaston, he nailed both the character itself and every song. The song Gaston actually gave me goosebumps, both Evans and Josh Gad as LeFou completely knocked it out of the park. It was every I wanted and more. It was the only song that surpassed the cartoon version, most didn’t come close with some new flourishes in them that didn’t really work but Gaston was one of my favourite songs in the cartoon and was even better in this film.
I loved some of the new additions like LeFou being gay and coming to terms with his abusive and negative relationship with Gaston and falling for the character Stanley. Its a small moment but a great one at the same time. But then there were more pointless ones like what happened to Belle’s mum which kind of took me out of the story and didn’t add a single thing to it. By this time we knew that Belle and the Beast were falling in love and we didn’t need to see that side of it. In fact I never needed to know what happened to Belle’s mother and honestly thought it was a poorly acted and terribly placed scene.
Overall though it was a great film with a superb cast. Ewan McGregor as Lumiere and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth were amazing and had me in fits of laughter, Audra McDonalds as Madame Garderobe was also great and the added story of her being in love with Maestro Cadenza was so touching. It made you care even more then the cartoon about the rest of the castle and gave the whole cast of characters a individual and endearing character.
I’m not the biggest fan of the new live action movies but this one really did actually capture the magic of the original Disney film and is well worth catching because its just a darned good family film.