By Joseph Durante
After “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book,” Disney has transformed another animated classic into a live-action film, “Beauty and the Beast.”
Directed by Bill Condon, the film was released on Friday, March 17. It stays true to the original and there are also a couple of new songs, new scenes and a different back story for Belle.
However, other people may not enjoy the new changes because they may think it’s too different from the “Beauty and the Beast” classic they love.
Emma Watson plays Belle, the iconic Disney character and hero of this story.
For those who don’t know the story, Belle and her father Maurice, played by Kevin Kline, live in a quiet village in France. Maurice heads on a dangerous expedition and encounters a mysterious castle—the home of a prince who was transformed into a beast many years ago. Upon entering, the Beast, played by Dan Stevens, captures him and takes him as his prisoner.
Belle heads to the castle, takes her father’s place and meets all of the other “antique” inhabitants such as Lumiere the candelabra, played by Ewan McGregor, Cogsworth the clock, played by Ian McKellen, Mrs. Potts the teapot, played by Emma Thompson, and many more.
After saving her life, Belle discovers a soft side within the Beast and the two become very close. If they fall in love, the Beast’s spell will be broken and everyone in the castle will become human again.
Another person who also steals the show like Watson is Luke Evans as the evil Gaston, the man who tries his best to win over Belle. He transforms himself as the village meathead into the monster that will do whatever it takes to win the woman he desires, even if it means harming her father and killing the beast.
This adaptation of “Beauty and The Beast” is really beautiful with dazzling special effects, Oscar-worthy costumes and terrific music performed by the cast.
Watson is the perfect person to bring Belle to life on the big screen. She makes Belle look smart and fearless and reminds the audience why many little girls continue to look up to this classic character after the original premiered in 1991.
The soundtrack is also terrific. Watson can sing, dance and do everything in this movie. Thompson also does a good job of recreating the “Beauty and The Beast” theme song during the renowned ballroom scene.
Other tracks on the soundtrack include a beautiful pop duet collaboration of “Beauty and the Beast” between Ariana Grande and John Legend, and songs by other artists such as Celine Dion and Josh Groban.
Disney has been successful by giving some of their classic animated films the live-action treatment.
After it’s opening weekend, “Beauty and The Beast” has made a record breaking $170,000,000 and became the highest grossing film during March; beating out last year’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Not only am I sure it will become the highest grossing film of 2017 so far, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is the highest grossing PG rated film of all time.
I’m a little surprised it’s only at a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes as of March 19. I think the website’s score for this movie should be a little higher.
All I have to say is, go see the film and “be their guest.”