For many months I have been waiting to see the new version of Beauty and the Beast, which is my favourite animated Disney film. The film just was released on Blu Ray, and I have had the best time watching it so I thought I would share my experience. When I was a little girl I longed to be Belle, and I mean how can you not? She was super smart, well read, a little sarcastic, takes not shit from the man, and she’s beautiful. She was definitely one of my idols growing up. She was the only brown haired princess during my formidable growing up years, as if I needed another reason for her to be my favourite!
When I read that Emma Watson was cast a Belle I was over the moon! I love her work and I think she has blossomed as a great actress, advocate and role model. Her portrayal is perfect, her singing safe, but even she’s admitted she’s not a singer. I was most looking forward for Dan Stevens as the Beast who is top notch, no one else could have done a better job. And I loved him in Downton Abbey and Legion.
The rest of the cast was excellent, I especially loved Stanley Tucci and Audra McDonald as Maestro Cadenza and Mme de Garderobe. The rest of the star studded cast includes Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.
We all know the animated version, and I like the differences of the new version. The timeline makes a lot more sense, the villagers seem more cruel, the explanation of what happened to Belle’s mother is helpful. When Beast throws the snow boulder at Belle! The changes overall feel genuine, not too forced or out of sync.
The film has the same magic and granduer of the original with even more! For starters the castle looks amazing, like can I go live there please? Come on with that library! It’s the most wonderful thing I’ve ever seen. The village of Villenueve is perfect, it’s what I imagined it would look like in real life. The costumes are truly magnificent. Belle’s ball gown is TDF! And her celebration dress is simply divine. The CGI obviously looks amazing, the characters in their object form are so beautiful and ornate.
The music had the same feel and the new songs are really good. The magic of the “Be Our Guest” sequence is more than there. My favourite would have to be the Beast’s song “Evermore”, I don’t know that I would break out in song after the love of my life has just left me, but hey, that’s Disney magic for you. And Emma Thompson’s rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” is so beautiful.
Over all it’s like one of my new favourite films! I’ve watched it a bunch of times already, and every time, it’s like the first time. I sing along to all of the songs and I’m quoting bits of the dialog. I just can’t get enough! And on that note it’s time to end!
All for now,
Title from Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast