Popcorn Addict: Beauty and the Beast
A tale as old as time.
Directed by Bill Codon (Dreamgirls) we finally receive the highly anticipated live-action Beauty and the Beast Movie. I always worry about remakes and live-action films, but Disney has my back. We all know the story and nothing much changed from the plot except for a few musical elements. Clocking in at slightly over 2 hours, it runs longer than the original animated version, but the additional time was used to build the relationship between Belle and Beast.
The music in this movie was great. The cast delivered some of the Broadway performances of songs and a few new songs were added (e.g., the Beast’s Evermore), which fit in well with the script. Be Our Guest was SOOOOO good. The animation was incredibly beautiful and the 3D enhanced the visuals as well. In my theater, the audience clapped at the end of the number (and at the end of the movie as well).
Although Belle (Emma Watson) and Beast (Dan Stevens) were good (but not great; I would have preferred stronger singers), Gaston (Luke Evans) was a standout! Perfect casting choice, as he captured the essence of Gaston without feeling too cheesy or cartoonish. LeFou (played by the hilarious Josh Gad) was also engaging and funny as Gaston’s counterpart. As far as the “controversy,” I barely noticed; making the controversy overhyped. Also, Queen Tony-winning Audra McDonald slayed her vocals as Madame Garderobe, as would be expected. I hope she continues to act in these live action Disney films because she elevates the vocal elements.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It pairs well with the original and gives me hope for some of the other proposed live action movies for Disney classics. The acting was great and the visuals were phenomenal. Take yourself and/or any kiddos. Be our guest!