“Beauty and the Beast” 2017 Film Review

Belle is a young woman who lives in a small town with her father, Maurice. When her father becomes a hostage in a enchanted castle, she takes his place. While there she becomes close to the Beast, a prince who was put under a curse along with his faithful servants. As the time passes, Belle and the Beast learn about each other and fall in love.

Based on the 1991 animated version of the same name, the new “Beauty and the Beast” is nothing short of amazing and lives up to it’s counterpart. The 2017 film includes new songs with music from the original.

The cast includes Emma Watson (“Harry Potter” and “Perks of Being a Wallflower”) as Belle, Dan Stevens (“Downtown Abbey”) as the Beast, Luke Evans (“Dracula Untold”) as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth with Emma Thomson (“Harry Potter”  and “Nanny McPhee”) as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Maurice. The film also includes the musical talents of Audra McDonald (“Sound of Music Live”) as Madame Garderobe, Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars” and “Moulin Rouge”) as Lumiere and Josh Gad (“Frozen”) as Le Fou.

While a majority of the cast were perfect vocal and acting wise, Watson’s singing was not up to par. Her voice sounded auto-tuned during some parts and it was cringe worthy. However, she looked like Belle and did a great job portraying the famous Disney character.

Luke Evans was perfect as Gaston. He had the look, as well as the singing and speaking voice. The same goes for Ewan McGregor as Lumiere. It was great to hear the latter sing in another musical film, especially since he sang one of the biggest numbers in the movie.

Speaking of the biggest numbers, the title song is one of the most famous songs in Disney history. “Beauty and the Beast,” was originally sung by Angela Lansbury who voiced Mrs. Potts in the animated version, so naturally all ears were going to be directed at Emma Thomson in the live action remake. While no one can beat the original, Thomson did a great job. Audiences will not be disappointed.

Other impressive performances were from Tony winner, Audra McDonald, who has a phenomenal voice. Josh Gad did a great job as Le Fou and Dan Stevens was amazing as the Beast.

The remake did a fantastic job staying true to the original version. There were new scenes added that were necessary for the story, which included the characters’ past and more information about the curse. There was also more progression in Belle and the Beast’s relationship.

There was a lot of controversy on social media about Le Fou being a gay man in this version and that there would be a scene to confirm it. After watching the movie, I can honestly say the “gay scene” was no big deal. It was so short that if you blinked, you would miss it and it will go right over kids’ heads.

The movie was visually stunning. I was in awe the entire time because everything looked amazing. It really felt as if “Beauty and the Beast” was brought to life in this live action version. The music was great and the cast did a phenomenal job. It is the best Disney remake I have seen so far and people who grew up watching the original will not be disappointed.