Beauty and the Beast

2 out of 5 stars

Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, and Kevin Kline

Director: Bill Condon

Synopsis: An adaption of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Review:

The live adaption of the original is what you would expect it to be, an average, family-friendly fairy-tale. Let’s talk about the best things about it. It really felt like the original, in terms of the music and the scenes for example: “Then You’ll Starve!” was in there as well. Obviously, they included the famous dance scene in the hall (I’m sure fans would get pretty hacked-off about that if it wasn’t in there!). Without this, the film would feel empty…

Another scene that’s famous from the original that they kept in the live adaption is the song Gaston (Luke Evans) sings in the bar. Again, doing this gave the film a nostalgic feel for people who have seen the film when they were younger (like me!)

But like I said, its average. I felt that the film would’ve benefited if it lost 10-15 minutes, as the 3rd act felt dragged, much like the first half of the film.

I also feel that Emma Watson was the perfect pick for Belle, much to many disagreements, she’s a modern actress, so people already know her, she’s beautiful as well, and she has a great singing voice! So yeah, she’s perfect for the role. (I couldn’t think of anyone else they could have picked)

Overall, I would recommend families, Disney fans, Beauty and the Beast fans and animation fans see this! It’s a warm family film but a flawed fairy-tale Masterpiece.