Movie Review : Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
Name of the FilmBeauty and the Beast
Critics Rating4 Star
DirectorBill Condon
Star castEmma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad,
Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson,
Stanley Tucci
GenreFantasy
Duration2 Hour 9 Minutes
Date Released17 March 2017

Another Disney film, and another winner — it seems like there’s just no stopping the company from belting out high-quality films. To be honest I was a little apprehensive of a live action remake of a classic animation film. Surprisingly, whether or not you’re a fan of the 1991 film, you’ll find Beauty and the Beast to be an enjoyable fun remake and also a visually gorgeous time at the cinema.

STORY: This is a live-action remake of Disney’s classic love story. ‘Beauty lies within’ is what an enchantress expects a vain and arrogant prince (Dan Stevens) to know. He learns it the hard way when her curse turns him into a terrifying beast. Her spell can only be broken if he finds true love. Meanwhile, Belle (Emma Watson), the non-conforming daughter of a village inventor and artist, seeks an adventure. She stumbles upon the beast and magic unfolds…

DIRECTION: Directed by Bill Condon Beauty and the Beast brings back everything you loved about the 1991 film and adds a layer of live action beating heart. This is clearly a soft reboot of in a way, intended to create a new generation of fans of the story. In a movie, we’re quickly introduced to a young French prince who is transformed into a hideous creature after he behaves ungentlemanly with an enchantress. The movie is wonderfully directed and has all the Fantasy flavors which can easily please any cinema growers.

WHAT`S GOOD: You expect a big Disney film to look good so the fact that Beauty and the Beast offer some stunning visuals is predictable. Seen on an IMAX screen it’s quite an experience to witness the gigantic and ornately designed walls of the beast’s castle. The secondary characters, including a candelabra named Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), a mantel clock (Ian McKellan), a harpsichord (Stanley Tucci), a teapot (Emma Thompson) are all beautifully animated and also double as the film’s comedic relief. Also impressive are the makeup effects of the beast — it’s impossible to figure out if Steven’s beastly avatar was done with physical makeup or motion capture or CGI. The beast is a tragic character and thanks to the intricate detailing it`s easy to sympathize with him despite his hideous looks.

SHOULD I WATCH IT? What essentially works for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is its relevance. It stands out because no matter how old the tale, it holds significance especially today when smartphones and selfies have turned us all into beauty loving beasts. Yes, thumbs up for this wonderful fantasy one could easily enjoy his weekend with this movie.