A tale as old as time retold
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Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” has been arguably the most anticipated movie of 2017, and for good reason.
The new live-action version of Disney’s original “Beauty and the Beast” was released in 3-D on March 16 and has already climbed its way to the number one spot in the box office and broken multiple records, including earning $170 million in its opening weekend alone.
As a huge fan of Disney films, with “Beauty and the Beast” being one of my favorites, I have been looking forward to this release since last year when the teaser trailer was released. Needless to say, Disney fans had extremely high expectations for this new version. Disney met those expectations.
Beginning with the soundtrack, there were some minor changes to the original score. Only one song was not kept in the new film, “Human Again,” which was not a part of the original 1991 release of the movie, so it was not sorely missed. There were new songs added to the score that blended seamlessly into the movie and in some cases added more to the story.
The original songs were changed slightly, meaning they added in musical breaks where there weren’t any before, so listening to the soundtrack itself is a little odd. However, when it is put into the context of the movie and you see the characters singing, the breaks make more sense. You can listen to the full soundtrack.
The story itself is still wonderful and a “tale as old as time,” receiving a 71 percent favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The new plot points fit perfectly into the plot, giving the story more depth. The writers also addressed some plot holes that many Disney fans argued over, such as the age of the Beast and why no villagers ever mentioned this giant castle just sitting in some woods near their homes.
The cast for the live-action portrayal also deserve praise. No one can deny that Emma Watson plays a perfect Belle; however, I had some fears as to how well she would do with Belle’s few singing lines since I had never heard her sing before. And Watson did extremely well. Her relationship with Dan Stevens, who plays the Beast, is fantastic in that they are able to capture the relationship developing between the characters from beginning to end, and the two have wonderful chemistry on screen.
Josh Gad and Luke Evans portrayed a realistic LeFou and Gaston, especially with the new portrayal of LeFou as being gay, which added another level to what was originally the partnership of a bully and his sidekick.
Overall, the new telling of an old story for “Beauty and the Beast” is well done and has quickly been added to my favorite movie list. I’ve already made plans to see the film again, and if you’d like to do the same, here are the different showtimes for local theaters.