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A tale as old as time

The live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” came out on Friday, March 17, and the anticipation for it from Disney fans was intense. This film had high expectations and it was well done.

This movie was directed by Bill Condon. It featured Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, and many other famous actors.

The original animated feature by Disney was very well done and was the first Disney picture to be nominated for Best Picture. It got over a hundred million in the box office. It is still a classic and a fan favorite which is what made this remake so anticipated.

The film was well worth the wait with good songs from the original classic as well as some new ones that fit nicely with the flow of the movie. Every scene was well acted. Personally, Luke Evans did a marvelous job as Gaston, capturing his character perfectly.

Josh Gad was also an excellent LeFou because he was traditional in some cases, but he did change near the end of the film. Instead of wholeheartedly following Gaston through the dark at every whim like a true henchman, he thought for himself and realized how crazy Gaston really was. These sort of changes are okay because they show characters with more body and reliability.

Another contrary change that turned some heads was the introduction of a gay character, LeFou. He is openly gay in the film without stating it in words. Certain theaters were not okay with this change and banned the movie. However, the movie was wonderful with the addition and it was all more interesting for it.

Diversity was also shown in this movie because in the original film, there was less of it. The director did a good job showing how the townspeople would really be, and not just similar faces in the crowd, but with personalities and original thoughts.

In the beginning, there was an introduction of the castle with the prince and how he lived before the enchantress came and cast the curse. It was an interesting twist but it provided backstory, so the newcomers to Disney would not be confused. When the enchantress cast the curse in the original film, people were confused why the village had no memory of the castle and the prince. The new film cleared this up, saying the enchantress wiped the memories of the villagers so they wouldn’t recall the kingdom or anyone who lived there.

The objects in the castle that once were people were done beautifully as well, and the castle was grand like what mid-century France would be. Lumiere and Cogsworth were fighting like usual, and Cogsworth was a nice comedic relief. The dresser was hilarious, and a new character was added as the piano. He was the husband of the hairdresser. It was a nice change because then the characters really were shown with more life, like they really lived before they were antiques.

Once the curse was lifted, the people were reunited with their loved ones, and once again, more context was enlightened with every major character. With Belle and the Beast at the end, the transformation was done well, without being too cheesy. They also didn’t linger on them too much, as they went to everyone else and the castle for it’s happy ending.

The film ended with everyone dancing in the ballroom and a few witty jokes thrown in. Please see this film because it was done very well and is worth seeing, especially if you are a Disney fan!