"Beauty and the Beast" Was Something More
On Thursday, March 16th, 2017, my gal pals and I shuffled into the movie theater and eagerly waited for the previews to run. We laughed at the fact that we had no young children to bring with us to our featured film, but we didn't care. We'd been waiting for months to see this movie. It was Beauty and the Beast time.
Here's the thing: I like Beauty and the Beast. I've always appreciated Belle's love of literature, and am easily amused by singing dish ware. Yet the tale as old as time was never my favorite Disney flick. It was one that I would watch, enjoy, and then move on from. This being said, I expected to like the new, live-action film.
I did not expect to LOVE the movie like I did.
Emma Watson was truly divine as Belle. I appreciate how her voice was not the traditional, airy tone of the early Disney women -- she brought a tone that ladies can actually sing along with! Her portrayal of Belle was the best part of the entire movie, as she perfectly captured the fiery, kind qualities that make Belle's character special. In my opinion, she made these qualities even more apparent in Belle's personality, making her more of a heroine than the traditional film depicts.
Another character that really stood out to me was Le Fou, Gaston's sidekick who is originally portrayed as a bumbling idiot. In the live action remake, Le Fou was his own person, still idolizing Gaston in his shining song, but voicing concerns and emotions that make him more unique and original. His development throughout the film shows concern, as Gaston goes from someone he praises to one he fears. One of my favorite scenes is when Gaston is leading the angry mob to the Beast's castle, and Le Fou mentions that there is surely a beast on the loose, yet he's not sure the right one is locked up. The directors did a fabulous job in bringing humanity to a character many discredit as a one scene wonder.
The last aspect of the film that I was in awe of was the additional songs to the film. I normally hate it when remakes add new songs to the traditional story lines -- they mess it up! But the additional songs in Beauty and the Beast left me speechless (obviously I've recovered). I dare to say that they may have overtaken the classics that all Disney freaks know and love! Sure, "Be Our Guest" was the bomb.com with all the theatrics that talking candlesticks can possibly imagine, but "Days in the Sun" and "Evermore"? Too many emotions to express. They were perfect additions, especially considering the other factors that the directors brought to us through Emma Watson and other snippets of the cast. Bravo!
Beauty and the Beast exceeded all of my expectations. Get to your nearest theater and go see it right now! You'll laugh, cry, and most likely want to throw Gaston through the window...in other words, it's worth it!