Ever since the news came out that Disney’s beloved animated movie Beauty and the Beast was being made into a live action movie, I just couldn’t wait to watch it. Beauty and the Beast has been one of my favourite Disney movies ever and I must have watched the animated version, which by the way is the first animated picture to compete in Oscar’s Best Picture Category, at least seven or eight times. So it was quite obvious that I would be excited to watch the live action version of this beautiful fairy tale on screen. So here’s a review of one of the most awaited movies of the year.
This movie is certainly a wonderful remake of the 1991 animated version. Not only does this movie maintain the core of the story, but there is also an element of originality in it. An increased running time has allowed many new additions to the original story. There are three new songs in the movie, out of which my favourite is ‘Evermore’ which the beast sings after setting Belle free, and a much more elaborate back story about the prince and the curse. The movie also shows a deeper connection between Belle and her father, and also talks about her mother, which we could never see in the original movie. There are many new scenes in the movie and some of the old ones have been omitted but at no point does it seem that the movie is being dragged. Every single scene and song seems fitting.
Emma Watson plays the role of Belle wonderfully. The Belle in this live action version is much more independent and confident than the animated version. Not only does she help her father in his work, but she is an inventor herself. She is no damsel in distress. Dan Stevens and Luke Evans do a fabulous job of bringing their characters of the beast and Gaston respectively to life. Josh Gad adds a lot of humour to the movie as LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick. One of the things I loved the most about the movie is that it shows how the inmates of the castle are affected as the petals of the enchanted rose keep falling and how they become inanimate as the last petal falls. Even the residents of the castle are given a more personal touch as they are shown to reunite with their families towards the end. Another thing I loved is the fact that LeFou sides with the castle’s occupants after Gaston betrays him.
Director Bill Condon has done a great job of recreating the 1991 masterpiece. I believe, it is not right to compare the animated and live action movie because both movies are beautiful in their own unique ways. This 2017 live action remake presents a modern outlook of the 1991 classic.