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MOVIE REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast Musically Enchants While Attempting to Measure Up to the Timeless Classic

(VVNG.com)- If you want to watch a movie this weekend that is as good as the 1991 animated Disney masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast… Then you should go ahead and watch the 1991 animated Disney masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast. Now if you are willing to give this lovely retelling of the classic masterpiece a chance, then you might just have a really good time enjoying this live-action film, musically come to life with the same enchanting spirit of the original. This movie is not perfect but still magical enough to delight you with a new version of the classic that, for the most part, sticks very closely to that one tale that is as old as time.  

As was expected, this remake made some changes and additions to the original story. Some things worked really well and others just took you right out of the film. They elaborated a bit more on Belle (Emma Watson)’s and Beast (Dan Steven)’s backstory which I thought was very nice. They added more songs, one of which I liked a lot (Evermore), the other ones were, meh! There are a few parts that are extremely silly and feel more cartoony than the actual cartoon. Those dopey moments made me think that the story deserved better and that they were maybe added just for the kiddos, but honestly, I think the kiddos deserve better too. The main problem I had with the flick was with the director (Bill Condon) and how he fails to capture the best performances possible from its incredible cast and his lack of attention to detail. Having said that, this flick is about 80 percent the same as the animated movie, so even if you don’t love all the differences from the original B&B, you can still enjoy everything they kept the same.

To be totally honest, I gave this flick the “Checky™ Seal of Approval!” the moment Emma Watson smiled and sang at the beginning of the film. I mean, how can I not when it seemed like she was singing just for me with that beautiful face of hers? (if my wife asks, someone hacked my computer and wrote this, ok?) Emma really is an American Treasure (from Europe) and did a great job making my favorite Disney princess, Belle, as smart, fierce and courageous as she’s always been. The Beast, Gaston and Lafeu are also marvelously brought to life by Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad, respectively. All four of them, along with the wonderful music and the sweet relationship between the Beast and the Beauty overshadow any and all imperfections this movie has.

I recommend you go watch this enchanting musical that is very beautiful and just a tad bit beastly. Remember that this is not exactly the same as the original (if that’s what you are expecting) and the more you compare the two, the less you will enjoy this version. My suggestion for when you go watch this, is to try and be as open minded as possible so you can fully appreciate all of the wonderful things that make Beauty and the Beast so timeless.

So, what did you think of Beauty and the Beast? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? What is your favorite Disney Movie of all time? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.

Official 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.


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