Disney’s live action version of Beauty and the Beast is everything I could have wanted it to be. As someone that remembers when the animated version came out, and watched it over and over again, I had high expectations. To be honest, I didn’t go see Cinderella as a live action. This version seemed even less likely to pull off due to the beast, and the castle staff. I took my 9 year old out of school early and we headed to enjoy this movie together.
The music was spot on. The vocals were clear and classic. I even enjoyed the new songs they added. The story followed the classic one we are used to, but added in a couple scenes that just extended the story and added details not previously discusses.
The sequences of “Be Our Guest” and “Tale as Old as Time” are beautiful and entertaining. The library scenes and snow scenes were as expected. The beast was played fully with heart, and anger, and edgy. He had emotion, fear, and showed a great side of his progression.
Other than knowing that Emma Watson and Josh Gadd were in the movie, I did not know who else would be playing in it. I was thrilled to the credits and recognize so many names I knew and loved, but had not recognized in the movie.
When I got home, I went back to search pictures of characters to see if I could recognize them, but now I want to watch the movie again to hear the voices. I was thoroughly impressed and overjoyed.
I asked my daughter what she thought, and she also felt it was a beautiful movie with a few great messages- mainly not to judge a book by it’s cover. Be true to who you are. Be kind to everyone.
As you know, I am very conservative, so let’s touch on the current scandal. Honestly, LaFou always was slightly obsessed with Gaston, and was effeminite. It was really no different than that really. The scene they talk about is at the very end of the movie when the spell has broken and there is a ball at the castle. Really there is just a meeting, a look, and it moves on. Kids won’t get it. It is very quick, and it is clean. You will not be disappointed in this movie.
The storyline, and the music, will have you captivated, just as you hope.