Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

So today, that is the 18th of March 2017, I went to watch Beauty and the Beast. We all (I think) have seen the original animated one that came out in 1991 and were simply enchanted with it, because what’s better than living in a huge castle, with a handsome prince and a big, big library?

“Here’s where she meets Prince Charming, but she won’t discover that it’s him ’til chapter three!”

This movie, starring the gorgeous Emma Watson (who can forget Hermione Granger?) as Belle, and Dan Stevens as the Beast, is a wonderful retelling of the story as old as time.

The plot is the same as its predecessor, but there were a certain tweaks in the story.

For example, Belle’s father isn’t the town idiot like in the animated movie. He is an artist. He has a painful past, that he cannot bring himself to talk about, even with Belle.

This movie also features the first openly gay character, Gaston’s best friend (?) Le Fou, played by Josh Gad.

With amazing music, real humans and great CGI added to the skeleton of the 1991 movie, this film is a beautiful tale of love, with screenplay by Stephen Chbosky (author of Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Evan Spiliotopoulos.

Emma Watson is the perfect Belle, because both have two things in common: beauty and brains.

“He’s no monster, Gaston; you are!”

I think Luke Evans played the role of Gaston pretty well because I hated his guts right from the start. We cannot ignore Dan Stevens, who made us despise him in the beginning, but soon made us love his CGI faux fur face.

“Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious! Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!” – Lumiere

Also, Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) and Ewan McGregor (Lumière) bring even more vibrance in the film with their comical dialogues and kind hearts.

This movie has a special place in my heart because it brings the same charm no matter how many times I watch it. Even though I knew the whole story, I’ll admit, I cried in certain parts of the movie. It’s a must watch for all of you.

“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.”


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