Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bookish Movie Review : Beauty & the Beast

Synopsis: Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.

Release date: March 17, 2017 (USA)

Director: Bill Condon

Adapted from: Beauty & the Beast by Disney and 
Beauty and the Beast

by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont

Production company: 
Walt Disney Pictures and 
Mandeville Films



Belleplayed by Emma Watson

The Beast/Prince Adam, played by Dan Stevens

 Gaston, played by Luke Evans

Mauriceplayed by Kevin Klines

My Review:


One-word ReviewSpellbinding

If you know me you know I am obsessed with Beauty & the Beast and Hade & Persphone retellings. Not to mention the original Beauty & the Beast. From the moment I saw the teaser for Beauty & the Beast last year, I was hooked.

Movie Day: I bought tickets for my mother and I to see Beauty & the Beast at Alamo Drafthouse. And it was totally worth it. We were waited on hand and foot, fed glorious pizza, and a mouthwatering dessert while watching Beauty & the Beast.

For the most part, the live-action film stuck close to the animated Disney film. With a few surprises that were most appreciated. 

The on-screen chemistry between Belle and the Beast was spunky and magical as ever. Emma sure does has a knack for playing the role of brainy, kindhearted badasses. Never heard of Dan before Beauty & the Beast but he played his beastly role to the T.

The character-actor dynamic was on point. Characters true to their animated natures. The singing was marvelous. Generally I am not much of a musical films but was Beauty & the Beast definitely a grand exception. 

The scene settings were more than I could have ever dream of. Seeing the rolling hills of Belle's provincial village, the imposing cursed castle, the dangerous enchanted forest, was a dream. So authentic. And beautifully rendered.


-There is more about the Beast's life before the curse that transformed him, after he refused to be kind to an old woman

-LeFou, Gaston's sidekick, is gay, making him Disney's first-ever LGBTQ character

-There is more of an explanation for the death of Belle's mother, -- who died from the plague when Belle was very young.

All in all, Disney did a beautiful job of translation Beauty & the Beast from animation to a live-action film. If Beauty & the Beast was your favorite Disney film when you were younger or if you are fanatic, such as myself, then you should definitely take a trip to the theater!

Happy Reading!


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