Beauty and the Beast Synopsis: An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
Release Date: March 17th, 2017
Runtime: 2 hours 9 minutes
Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review
Okay, I was almost stomach-clenching nervous going in to watch this remake of Beauty and the Beast. (Almost because, let’s face, a film isn’t worth actual worry. It’s a film.) The original animated version is one of my favorite films of all time. I absolutely love it and still get kind of misty-eyed watching it. So… even with early reports coming in that Disney did this right… I’m sure some of you understand my fear.
But, when free movie tickets were dropped in my lap specifically for Beauty and the Beast what’s a girl to do? I thanked the grandparents and tagged along to the theatre.
Okay, I need to state this before we go any further:
The original is still better.
Now, on with the fangirling.
In terms of a live-action remake, Disney knocked this one out of the water. I’ve seen the Cinderella one, and it was decent. I’ve heard there’s a Snow White one, but screw that. Beauty and the Beast? Those other live action remakes were just warm-ups. They knocked this one cleaaaaaaaaaar out of the park.
They didn’t do it precisely frame for frame, but the bits that they budged in were good. It served to make this into its own movie, instead of just a remake of the original. And there were a few scenes nicely put in for the adults who weren’t as eager to watch live-action princess movies as other people were. In fact, there’s this one scene (well, a couple of frames, really), put in during the dance in the ballroom that made my heart go aflutter. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good dance move.
CGI still isn’t the point where Beast looked completely believable, but that was fairly easy to shrug off. Emma Watson was the best choice out of the current crop of age-appropriate actresses to play Belle. It helps that her initial bookworm pigeonholing made her a natural choice in a lot of people’s minds. Ah, Hermione, how you’ve grown up!
The music was good, the setting was beautiful, and Beauty and the Beast swept me right back into my happy zone. Yes, I am feeling all warm and fluffy now.
‘Scuse me whilst I go read a horror book.
- Rating: 5 out of 5