Welcome back! Everybody is talking about the live action version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. So, I'm taking the opportunity to write a review about it. This film might become one of the most popular releases in 2017. Without any further ado, let's take a look at the film's strengths and weaknesses.
Personally, I loved this movie. That means I'm going to have a lot of great things to say about it. First, I'm going to praise the casting choices. I thought the characters were amazing and the actors did a really good job of bringing them to life. The characters are still very similar to their counterparts in the animated film. However, the actors found a way to make each character a little more unique. Many of the supporting characters have more significant roles in this movie. I thought Emma Watson was an excellent choice for Belle. She's a good fit for Belle's wholesome, intellectual, and compassionate personality. Dan Stevens was a great Beast and a very handsome prince. Two birds with one stone. The visual department gave the beast a lot of human features and I thought it worked very well for a live action film. Luke Evans plays Gaston, the main antagonist. He is debonair and fits Gaston's brash arrogance perfectly. I'm a huge fan of the enchanted objects. The story reminds the viewer about their humanity and they bring a lot of quirky humor to the film. It's hard to believe anyone can replace Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, and other members of the ensemble, but the new enchanted objects are the right fit for modern audiences.
I noticed several improvements in the plot. This is an expanded version of the animated film. Several plot holes from the animated movie were filled in by the live action rendition. Certain parts of the story works better with the current characters and the time period. The story takes place in 18th century France and several elements about the time period and culture were adapted into the film. I really appreciated that part. In a way, the plot is a little bit more realistic. Even though the story has a huge fantasy component, it's more believable than most fairytales. The characters struggle with a lot of problems that were significant in 18th century France. Also, Belle and the Beast develop their relationship in a way that seems very slow and natural. It's not love at first sight nor does one heroic act make her fall for him. The relationship takes time and they find some common interests along the way. Neither one of them are perfect. Belle and the Beast have some flaws and it makes them seem more relatable. You get to see a valuable backstory that was left out of the animated version. It puts some things into context.
Do you have favorite songs from the animated film? Fear not. All of the music is part of the 2017 movie. However, a few new songs were added to the film and they were quite lovely. Some of the lyrics were changed a little bit. It's hard to explain without spoiling anything, but the few changes in lyrics were actually a good idea.
The visual effects were superb. I thought the backgrounds and other digital effects could easily rival high budget action films. The costumes and production design were fantastic too. I thought the costumes and hair really captured the flamboyant nature of 18th century France. Do I think Beauty and the Beast is going to have some attention at the Oscars? I doubt it, but the quality will probably be no worse than anything else this year.
Let me put it to you this way. The 2017 movie is both very similar to the animated version and also different. It will make fans of the animated film very happy because they'll see the quintessential elements from the 1991 version. Younger generations will appreciate the creative elements that were brought to this movie. The 2017 movie is perfectly age appropriate for any generation. I stood in the ticket line with a variety of people. Couples, families, teenagers, groups of women, and even groups of men. It seemed like everyone was fascinated with the new version of Beauty and the Beast. That really says something about a movie.
Naturally, there are no steampunk elements in Beauty and the Beast. However, I think steampunk fans will enjoy this film a lot. It has a ton of fantasy elements without being too much like a girly fairytale. There's a huge emphasis on costumes and visual effects. The plot is very substantial, but there are still plenty of whimsical elements. It's easy to identify with some of the characters and the film brought out some interesting components from 18th century France. Believe it or not, this film has enough parts to satisfy fans of the science fiction genre.
I'm not going to be very critical about this movie. It was a very strong film with a distinct lack of weaknesses. There was one thing on my mind though. I wish some of the actors were stronger singers. Some of the cast members had musical backgrounds. Other did not and it was easy for me to tell the difference. But I'm not saying the singing was bad. I thought Disney did a good job of working with the actors.
That concludes my review. I hope you guys received some useful information about the film. How many of you guys saw Beauty and the Beast? Let us know what you thought about the movie by leaving a comment. Good luck with the Easter weekend and best wishes.