I don’t know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of Beauty and the Beast! So on March 18th, I gathered up a couple of friends and we went to see the live action version. Here’s a few of my thoughts on the movie; I will try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible.
First off, I thought Emma Watson’s performance was brilliant as always! She made a lovely Belle! There were quite a few scenes added to the original storyline; one of those scenes that I appreciated was Belle being a role model to the young girls in the village. She was as inventive as her father and she understood the true value of learning and being an individual.
Beast became more alive to me in this movie. Thanks to the added backstory, we see why he was always so cold and arrogant and why he viewed women as decoration rather than someone he needed in his life and that makes falling in love with Belle much more believable. She reminded him of what is most important in life and showed him how to look beyond appearance.
I also greatly appreciated the relationship shown between Belle and her father and the fact that this time, Maurice was not portrayed as a daft old fool who had no idea how his daughter was struggling to find herself or how nasty Gaston was being to her. He wanted to give Belle the best life possible, and that meant not pressuring her to be someone she wasn’t, and understanding that she wished to marry for love – nothing less.
Which brings us to Gaston. I loved Luke Evans as Bard in The Hobbit movies and he made a sensational Gaston!
I think he brought a fresh look to Gaston and really made the character come to life. In my opinion, he made Gaston a more well-rounded – albeit nastier – person.
As for the rest of the added scenes, I see Belle’s and Beast’s extra backstories as adding the extra depth that their characters needed, since they are being portrayed in a new light. I’ll warn you: Belle’s family history might make you cry a bit, but it provided a solid bonding moment for her and Beast, which they truly needed to have.
I think all the characters and settings were re-created beautifully! I joked to one of my friends that the only thing that disappointed me a teeny bit was the size of the castle library. I’ll admit I still prefer to hear Angela Lansbury sing “Beauty and the Beast” but the ballroom scene still didn’t disappoint me and if you’re looking for a real “wow moment,” “Be Our Guest” was quite spectacular!
Some of you might feel that the extra scenes were unnecessary, but whether you like them or not, I think any Beauty and the Beast fan will enjoy this movie! I’m definitely going to snatch this up when the DVD comes out!