Since this is my birthday month, I want to spend it talking about and creating all the things I love. So, what better film to review than ‘Beauty and the Beast’ the 2017 version, seeing as ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is my all time favourite Disney film! I absolutely love this film as I find that it has most things, to me anyway, that make it good. I have actually watched this film twice in one sitting before, and by this I mean I watched it once and started it from the beginning again. If that doesn’t show how much you love a film, I don’t know what will!
This film is beautiful all the way through. From the stunning sets and special effects to the costumes. I love Belle’s golden dress and I actually love all her costumes throughout the film. For the scenes, like the ‘Be Our Guest’ number, I would love to know if they actually got the actors/actresses and extras to do the dance routines with the special effects to guide them or added them in later. If they made this film without seeing which actors and actresses would play the characters, then that is really impressive as they probably would have only had the actors’/actresses’ voices to go by. I also remember seeing Dan Stevens (Beast) having to wear some form of blow up suit, hopefully to help the animators and not just to make him look funny (hahaha) and that, therefore, makes me think how hard it was for him and the actors, although I think that that may mainly have been for Belle and his scenes. The same can actually be said for him and Belle (Emma Watson) to act with the (eventually) animated characters. I also love all of the choreography in this film as I think that, depending on the song, it can be either funny/moving, or scary.
The casting of this film is excellent, and whoever cast them did a really good job of making these actors match really well to the original film. The amazing main actors are: Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (LeFou), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Ewan McGregor (Lumière), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Nathan Mack (Chip), Audra McDonald (Madame Garderobe), Stanley Tucci (Maestro Cadenza), and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette). I love that Kevin Kline (Maurice) played Phoebus from ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and is now in this, to me it is like bringing a part of the ‘classic’ Disney into the new. I love the way Josh Gad plays LeFou and I think that he is one of he funniest characters in this film and for Josh Gad to do such a good job of playing him really adds to the film. I was also very surprised to see so many actors and actresses playing singing roles as I have never seen them do anything like it before, including: Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Stanley Tucci (Maestro Cadenza), and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette). Everyone involved in this should be immensely proud of this film and how amazing and funny it is.
There are certain things that I find interesting in this film, like when we see the portrait of the Beast’s family that the Beast has clearly scratched out his father’s face repeatedly, his own face a couple of times but left his mother’s. I think that this possibly explains a lot of the Beast’s childhood and how that has affected him now. Moving on to a lighter note, Lumier’s and Mrs. Potts’ optimism throughout the film, added something light to a possibly very depressing story. Continuing on from that, I particularly love a quote that Mrs. Potts says in this film, ‘People say a lot of things in anger it is our choice whether to listen’. I love this quote and I shall apply it as I think that it is very useful.
To finish, I don’t think that in my head, this film will every match up to the original. However, I do love this film even though the ending never fails to make me cry. I also love the way that the credits are designed as I don’t think that I have seen anything like it before. I am also in love with the soundtrack and listen to it all the time!
Let me know what you think of this film if you have or are going to watch it in the comments below! Also, if you were looking to buy this film check out my shop!
Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!
See you next time…