Review: Live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is worth it
Following “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent,” “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast” is the fifth Disney live-action remake. The movie was released on March 17 and has made over $700 million at the Global Box Office in just two weeks.
The film stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, with many other household names in Hollywood as the supporting characters.
“Beauty and the Beast” has always been one of my favorite Disney-princess movies, maybe even one of my favorite childhood movies. Belle is certainly one of the more relatable and better princesses to look up to as a young girl. For one, she loves to read. However, her role model status comes more from her touching self-sacrifice so her father could go free from the Beast and the way she is able to look past the appearance of the Beast and fall in love with the man hidden inside. Needless to say, I went into this move a bit biased.
“Little town, it’s a quiet village.” As soon as the first line of the first song, “Belle,” started playing, I was hooked. Childhood memories started flooding in and I could not help but sing along. Watson’s voice pleasantly surprised me, more than I thought at least. Watson is not known for her voice, and although it sounded like she may have had some help in terms of auto-tuning, she had a sweet voice, one that in accompaniment with her looks, made her perfect to play Belle.
The best part of this movie is the fact that it is live-action. The landscapes, such as the village and the mansion, play so true to the old film yet have a magnifi- cent modern aura to them that it immediately makes the viewer nostalgic yet dazzled. The household objects look so realistic and human-like, and not like a clock or teacup with eyes and a mouth.
My favorite scene was, of course, the “Be Our Guest” number. Din- ner is hosted by the candelabra, Lumière (voiced by Ewan McGregor), and is so magnificently fun. There is a variety of objects and colors and dances every other sec- ond throughout the number that the viewer can’t help but be left breathless at the end of it. Again, the detail in animation is so exact, down to every dancing plate and feather duster.
If you knew that this movie was coming out, then you most cer- tainly have heard about the gay moment at the end. Some parents complained endlessly when they heard that LeFou, Gaston’s ador- ing right-hand man, would be openly gay. To that, all I have to say is that it is 2017 and it is time to educate children.
If anything, Disney could have done more with having an LGBT character. Near the end of the movie, once the Beast has turned human again, LeFou merely dances with another man in the ballroom, a man who, before, when the villagers and household objects were having a brawl, liked and smiled at the women’s clothing and makeup that the wardrobe put on them. If this is all the 100-year-old company, one that is slower than others in having openly-gay characters, could do, then so be it. If it is enough to maybe make someone or even a young child remember that scene and know that that being gay is okay and to not discriminate against people for being gay, then I think it has done its job.
I highly recommend seeing “Beauty and the Beast.” It is cer- tainly worth the ticket and a bag of overpriced popcorn.
I can guarantee that if you loved the timeless tale in 1991, you will be just as marveled by the magical reboot.