Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review

4/5* Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Bill Condon

129 mins

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson.

A live-action retelling of Disney’s classic fairytale, this Beauty and the Beast remake does the original justice, with the core of the story remaining intact, while bringing some new sparkle to the much-loved, heart-warming animated musical.

Like the original tale, the story partly follows arrogant, self-obsessed young prince (Dan Stevens) who is cursed by an enchantress as punishment for his poor behaviour and mentality: the once handsome prince is transformed into a beast while his castle servants are transformed into household appliances. On the other side of the kingdom, Belle (Emma Watson) lives with her father Maurice (Kelvin Kline) until he is imprisoned by the beast for trespassing on his property and stealing a rose to give to Belle on his return. After tracking her father down, Belle offers to be a prisoner in her father’s place and with the help of the enchanted servants, draws out the kind-heartedness within the beast.

Emma Watson dazzles as Belle in the colourful remake however the limelight is stolen by some of the supporting actors and actresses’ one-liners. When Maurice gets lost on his way back to the beast’s castle with Gaston (Luke Evans), a narcissistic hunter who aims to marry Belle, and LeFou (Josh Gad) his sidekick, he thinks he recognises a tree and is on the right track, maintaining that the tree must have ‘assumed an upright position’ again after it was struck by lightning. LeFou then asks Gaston: ‘You really want to marry into this family?’

With catchy songs, including new renditions of Tale as Old as Time and Be Our Guest, the 2017 remake of the classic Disney fairytale can be credited with its scenes of pure nostalgia, its outstanding cinematography and its exceptional casting choices, however the enchanted servants are almost wasted in their small roles with Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson among the supporting cast.

A fresh take on the classic however, it’s a must-see for all Disney fans!

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