Be our guest to a re-imagining of a classic
The live action Beauty and the Beast is a dark and more mature recreation of the original animated movie made in 1991. Belle, our main protagonist, wishes for a greater life of adventure while stuck in a “small provincial town”, and has that dream happen sooner than she thinks.
A major part that I enjoy is the movie adds more detail to some of the unanswered questions that may have arised in the old animated version. Such as, there are some questions that are answered about Belle’s mother and why Beast is so overly protective of the rose. These answers gave the movie more depth and intrigued me.
The new songs introduced in the movie fit well within the movie and don’t take away from the original songs many people grew up with. In fact, the addition of some of the songs made the movie more enjoyable at times than the animated version.
The CGI Beauty and the Beast uses is phenomenal. Beast and the servants are extremely detailed, which puts me in awe for the amount of work put in for each character. Many times I forgot these were CGI characters because of how well they were brought to life.
With every movie, there are always issues. Beauty and the Beast seem to have several part rushed through. Some scenes you expect to continue will just suddenly end and go straight to the next part, as well as some strange cuts that felt out of place. This only seems to happen mostly at the beginning to speed up the village scenes to emphasize Beast’s castle. This doesn’t really hurt the movie but still has some awkward transitions that were a minor annoyance to me.
All and all, Beauty and the Beast is a wonderful live adaptation. Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast did a great job in their roles. As someone who watched the original animated version many times over I definitely enjoyed this version to its fullest extent.