No spoilers from this Beauty.
Beauty and the Beast released this weekend to incredible reviews. Words like vivid and daring were tossed around quite a bit. I had been planning to take my daughters to see this for months, and I was probably more excited than they were.
From the clips that littered the internet prior to the premiere, I had seen enough to know I would love it. With the exception of The Little Mermaid (redheads represent), Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney film. The music, the characters, the humor, and the adventure all blend to make a spectacular story. This live action iteration definitely did its animated predecessor justice.
The design of the film brought the ostentatious and decadent world of the Prince to the story. His castle is an intricate and vast character all its own. The anthropomorphic items are all guilded, bringing forth an element of decadence even in their beastly circumstance.
This new film took the opportunity to develop the beloved characters further. There was some notoriety given to Disney’s “first openly gay” character in Lefou (Josh Gad), Gaston’s (Luke Evans) second. But anyone who paid attention to the animated film was not surprised by this revelation. Lefou’s dedication to the beautiful and ghastly Gaston has always been the driving force of his character. Lefou does show more of himself in this story, but I’ll let you discover that yourself. Maurice (Kevin Kline) shows more than just his “crazy, old” side in the film, and Belle (Emma Watson) gets to stretch her emotion and compassion along with her fierce nature. Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Thompson bring their trio of household knicknacks new depth and flair.
Perhaps the most iconic part of this film is the soundtrack. Without giving away too much, I’ll simply say the music represents itself incredibly well.
The film was a true delight for fans of the original, and an updated story to help the younger generation discover this gem.