Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com
Recommended Audience: Fans of Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Condon and Disney Princess movie fans
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Movie Synopsis
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.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Movie Viewer Rating: 4.5/5 ****
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Movie Review:
If you’ve already watched the live action version of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, I wonder what which team do you belong to? Are you Team Disney, who thinks that this film is awesome because of how it followed closely to the 1991 animated classic, and even addressed the several loopholes, or are you Team Cynic who felt that the close resemblance made the $160M high budget remake film unnecessary?
As someone who had done several imitations of classic works, (such as Korean Drama Descendants of the Sun and Beauty and The Beast Disneybound), I would say I belong Team Disney, despite not being a hardcore Disney fan. So without doing a scene to scene, or plot to plot comparison with the award-winning animation, here’s some reasons why the remake was awesome:
The details. The grandeur. The movie is (almost) like how I wish Harry Potter movies were. The details of the castle, of the provincial town, the attention paid to the costumes, and the make-up when the household return to their human form again showed how much effort was put into the intricate details. When the castle come alive, it felt like magic and not CGI.
Surprisingly, the household characters – candelabra (Ewan McGregor), the clock (Ian McKellen), the teapot (Emma Thompson), the cup (Nathan Mack), the wardrobe (Audra McDonald), and the harpsichord (Stanley Tucci) were my favourite part of the film. Emma Thompson’s version of “Beauty and the Beast” was waay better than Ariana Grande & John Legend’s version.
I won’t say Emma Watson didn’t do a good job as Belle, because in many ways, she felt like Belle. There were moments when I got confused whether it was Hermione Granger or Emma Watson or Belle on screen. Gaston (Luke Evans), on the other hand, emit a realistic sense of someone who couldn’t control his anger, a more realistic portrayal of the narcissistic animated character. Josh Gad’s Lefou was a delightful contrast from Gaston. The Beast was more memorable as a beast than the prince (sadly), but this movie will definitely bring back nostalgic moments even if you have little memories of the animated classic.
Do You Know?
Ryan Gosling was offered the role of the Beast, but turned it down to appear in La La Land (2016) instead. Emma Watson was offered the lead role in that film, but turned down that film to star in this one.
When director Bill Condon first spoke to Disney about adapting Beauty and the Beast (1991), they actually weren’t sure they were going to do this new version as a musical. Condon said, “With all due respect, I think you’re crazy. The songs are too good. You’re going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action “Beauty and the Beast” and not do ‘Be Our Guest’?” Bill Condon had actors sing The Lion King (1994)’s “Hakuna Matata” at the auditions to measure their singing voices. This was how he chose the final cast for this film.
Ewan McGregor performed Lumiere’s dances in motion-capture. However, he was embarrassed at wearing the motion-capture suit, and couldn’t dance properly, unless he was completely alone with the filming crew. The hardest part about playing Lumiere was getting the character’s French accent right, although his wife of twenty years is in fact French. He said his voice ended up sounding Mexican instead of French, so he had to redo his dialogue after filming had completed.
Alan Menken, who scored Beauty and the Beast (1991), returns to score this live-action adaptation, which includes new recordings of the original songs in addition to new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice.
Luke Evans (Gaston) had to wear fake teeth during filming due to having canines that are longer than normal, which he said would have made Gaston look like a vampire. Interestingly, he did in fact play a vampire in 2014’s Dracula Untold as the title character.
The Beast was originally going to be created by having Dan Stevens in prosthetic make-up, designed and created by husband and wife team Dave and Lou Elsey. During post-production, a change was made to recreate the Beast face with CGI, altering the look of the Beast. The final Beast that will be seen in the film, will be Dan Stevens in the full body suit created by the Elseys, but with a digital face, despite Bill Condon’s wish to have the Beast be a completely practical make-up creation.
During the ballroom scene, Emma Watson had a hard time not looking at her feet, because Dan Stevens was wearing steel toed shoes, and she was afraid he would step on her.
Behind The Scenes and Interviews
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