Disney reimagined the classic Beauty and the Beast in live action form starring Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Josh Gad (LeFou), and they couldn’t have done it any better.
The story is one we all know, of Belle’s father getting lost in the forest, captured by a Beast, and then she takes his place as he awaits his one true love before the spell that made him the Beast takes hold forever.
Could anyone be happy if they aren’t free?
Adding a few new songs into a very strong soundtrack was a risky move by Disney, but it worked…but the part that helps is the outstanding lineup of voices that this movie boasts.
Broadway legend Audra McDonald and Emma Thompson bring the heat, while Watson and Stevens hold their own.
The movie has picturesque scenes, from rolling hills to a grand castle, and makes Belle into the simple girl that she should be while donning the Princess gowns, instead of forcing her into becoming a Disney Princess.
I’ve now seen the original, the live action remake, and the Broadway show of Beauty and the Beast, and while I may be a tad biased, I think this is a must watch for children and adults alike.
This movie gets a 9.5 out of 10.