(PCM) We found ourselves pleasantly surprised after attending a recent screening for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Walt Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” that overall we thoroughly enjoyed the film. We had a few reservations going in that perhaps giving this story the live-action makeover would take something away for the classic 1991 animated film that won over our hearts, however this was certainly not the case. In fact, the film had more of the opposite effect. Disney’s impeccable use of CGI animation with the new film actually enhanced our viewing experience and we found ourselves looking at this beautiful love story in new and different ways.
For those who may not be aware of the original story, “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
The all-star cast were able to breathe new life into this very nostalgic tale. Casting the bright and beautiful Emma Watson in the leading role as Belle was the perfect decision as it is quite apparent from the opening musical number of the film “Bonjour” that she was made for this role. Director Bill Condon was able to re-imagine the film in some rather clever ways with some added dialogue quips and some slight modernization by humanizing certain character attributes. This appears to be the new direction that Disney is taking with many of their classic films. What began with the success of the live-action adaptation of the “Jungle Book” and continued on with “Maleficent”, the studio has taken things a step further with “Beauty and the Beast”. We can’t wait to see what they will do with “The Lion King” which has already been revealed to be the studios next live-action adaptation film.
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