Friday 21 April 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) 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 and soul of the true Prince within.

Visit the Beauty and the Beast movie website for more information.

New 2017 live action trailer:

Original 1991 animated trailer:

It's actually been a couple of weeks since I saw the new live action version of Beauty and the Beast so I thought it was about time I talked about it on the blog. I've always been a huge fan of this fairytale, the original animated version is still one of my favourite Disney movies (along with Aladdin, Jungle Book & Lion King to name a few more!) so I was both incredibly excited when I heard they were making a new live action version but also a little nervous that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. I was more hopeful when I found out that Emma Watson had signed up to play Belle though (I can't think of a better actress for the role) and I have to say I think they did an amazing job.

Belle was always my favourite Disney princess, not only does she rescue the Beast and save him from his curse but she's also a fellow bookworm who always has her head stuck in a book so I always found it incredibly easy to relate to her. As a child I dreamed of marrying the Beast just so that he would give me his wonderful library and if I'm honest I'd still marry him now for the exact same reason LOL.

The new movie has captured the atmosphere of the original perfectly, it's added in some more backstory for a lot of the characters and there are some fabulous new songs and characters too. The actors all played their roles brilliantly and the special effects were just stunning. I loved every minute of it and can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it again. I've been singing the songs to myself ever since I watched it and I came out of the cinema desperate to watch the original version again too. There are a few things I preferred in the original movie but overall I think they did a wonderful job and I'll definitely be watching both movies many times in the future.

Have you seen the new movie? How did you think it compares to the original?

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