I had the wonderful opportunity to watch a screening of the new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” on the Disney lot- and it’s just as magical as I hoped it would be!
It’s the first musical adaptation from animation to live-action that Disney has done. It’s not a shot for shot remake and there are additions that were not in the original film, which I enjoyed. It delves deeper into the backstory of both Belle and the beast, which explains a lot of who they are and why they act the way they do.
Beautifully directed by Bill Condon, who also directed “Dreamgirls” and wrote “Chicago”, so he knows his way around a musical. There are a couple of musical numbers from the original film that in the live-action world came off as a little clunky. There are also some new songs, written by Alan Menkin that are strikingly memorable and quite possibly should have been in the original.
The casting of the actors is spot on. Emma Watson’s Belle is the best casting ever. I honestly can’t think of any other actress who would have been better or even comparable. Dan Steven’s Beast is so much more gentle and funny than I remember. Luke Evan’s Gaston – I had to ask my friend who I watched it with if Gaston was that horrifyingly awful in the original, because now my most recent memory of Gaston is from the parks, and he’s just playful – Evans is a true villain in this. Josh Gad as Le Fou, steals the show, fun and funny but also the conscience of the mob.
The effects for the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth and all the servants in the castle is amazing. Visual effects (VFX) producers Steve Gaub and VFX Supervisors Kyle McCulloch and Kelly Port did a remarkable job and if they aren’t nominated for something at years end, I will be genuinely surprised.
I don’t think I need to tell any of you to go out and watch “Beauty and the Beast” I’m sure you will be lining up to see it, which you should. If you’re thinking of waiting for the video to come out, you might regret it. This is a definite must see in the theater. Date night or friend night, make a night of it and go watch “Beauty and the Beast” Wide release March 17th
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