Movie Review – ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017)

Hello everyone! 🙂

Recently, my parents and I went to see the new live-action film of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the cinema! I greatly enjoyed seeing this new film and so did my Mum and Dad. Watching it made me re-live my memories of watching the original 1991 cartoon film of ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

This film is based on an 18th century fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, set in France, about a beautiful young girl named Belle who is a book worm that falls in love with a fearsome Beast that was once a prince, cursed by a magical enchantment. Will Belle free the Beast from this curse?!

From seeing the film, the plot and the characters felt so familiar to me from the original 1991 film. The songs and music by Tim Rice, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman were also the same in the 2017 remake from the 1991 original, including ‘Be Our Guest’; ‘Something There’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

The film had some familiar faces in it. First there’s Emma Watson as the heroine Belle. Emma is well-known as Hermione in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. There’s also Dan Stevens as the Beast himself. Dan has starred in ‘Downton Abbey’ and was also in the ‘Doctor Who’ audio, ‘The Cradle of the Snake’.

There was also Luke Evans, who played Bard in ‘The Hobbit’ movie trilogy, as the villainous Gaston. There’s also Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father and Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick during the movie. I found how amazingly British/Welsh/UK the cast was for a Disney-produced film as this.

There was also Ewan McGregor (from ‘Star Wars’) as Lumiere the candelabra; Ian McKellen (from ‘The Lord of the Rings’) as Cogsworth the mantel clock; Emma Thompson (from ‘Sense & Sensibility’) as Mrs. Potts the tea pot and Nathan Mack as Chip the tea cup. There’s also Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who played Tish Jones, Martha Jones’ sister in the new series of ‘Doctor Who’, as Plumette the bird-like feather duster. The performances of the cast were so amazingly spell-binding.

The CGI effects were also incredible too! I was impressed with how they combined CGI effects and real actor Dan Stevens to create the Beast in the movie. The romance between Belle and the Beast was also a highlight to watch in the film, especially when I was reduced to tears towards the tale’s climax.

It was amazing to see ‘Beauty and the Beast’ brought to life with live-action and CGI effects for 2017. I enjoyed seeing ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the cinema! It was a great time for my parents and me and the star performances of Emma Watson and Dan Stevens were superb!

I wouldn’t be surprised if my parents and I saw this movie again at the cinema soon! 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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