Hello, everyone. For those of you new to my blog, my name is Joshua. Today is the United States DVD release of Beauty and the Beast. In honor of the film’s home media release, I will be reviewing the 2017 film Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon and written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film starred Emma Watson (Harry Potter, The Circle, Perks of Being a Wallflower) as the titular character, Belle, Dan Stevens(The Guest, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) as the romantic interest the Prince/Beast, and Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Fast & Furious 6, The Girl on the Train) as the antagonist, Gaston. I originally saw this film in theaters and was mystified and shocked at how truly magnificent and amazing it was. Before I go any deeper into the review, let’s talk about the story behind this critically acclaimed remake of a classic Disney animated film.
Beauty and the Beast tells the classic tale of a beautiful woman named Belle, ostracized by her French village because she is more independent and intelligent than the rest of the men and women in town. Belle wishes to escape to a different world, with adventure and excitement. Meanwhile, Belle is sought after by the strong and handsome Gaston, who wants to marry Belle because of her beauty. Belle refuses his advances and goes home to take care of her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline), a widowed inventor. After Maurice gets lost in the forest, Belle goes to rescue him but finds that he is a prisoner in the decrepit castle of the Beast. Belle offers to take his place, and the Beast agrees, imprisoning Belle instead of Maurice. Maurice escapes and goes to the village to find help. Gaston believes that if he rescues Belle then she will feel obligated to marry him. While as a prisoner, Belle meets the animated objects of the castle – Lumière (Ewan McGregor) a candelabra, Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci) a harpsichord, Madame de Garderobe (Audra McDonald) a wardrobe, Cogsworth (Ian McKellan) a clock, Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) a feather duster, Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) a teapot, and her son Chip (Nathan Mack) a chipped teacup. Belle soon learns that these objects, the Beast, and the whole castle are under an Enchantress’s curse that can only be broken if somebody learns to love the Beast before the last magical rose petal falls. As the rose petals continue to fall, the objects of the castle fear they will never become human. Belle decides to interact with the Beast and shares an intimate dance with him before learning through the Beast’s magic mirror that her father is about to be taken to a mental asylum. The Beast allows Belle to go and save her father. The villagers learn of the Beast and plan to kill him. The mob is led by none other than Gaston. Belle follows them to save the Beast and watches as Gaston shoots the Beast, before fatally falling from the castle. Belle proclaims her love for the dying Beast, and the curse on the castle is lifted. The castle is once again a beautiful masterpiece like it was years before. The various animate objects transform into humans, along with the now healed Beast. Belle and the Prince share a passionate kiss, and weeks later get married in the castle.
Beauty and the Beast was a truly magical film, immersing you into the story. The actors did a fabulous job of portraying these wonderful characters. It was truly a masterpiece of a film, a beautiful tribute to the original 1991 film. The costumes, setting, and songs were all terrific. Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and all of the other actors had spectacular singing voices, adding a mystical touch to the film. Personally, I enjoyed this film much more than the original animated version. It was so amazing to see these characters brought to life, being able to see them as real people instead of cartoon characters. All of the songs, including ones not seen in the original film (Days in the Sun, Evermore) were sung beautifully and kept you singing and humming them for days. Emma Watson was a fantastic Belle who had an amazing voice and brought great life to the character. Dan Stevens did a wonderful job as he Beast, portraying a great character change from a nasty and gruesome Beast to a handsome and kind Prince. So, whether you’re a Disney Freak or just an average person, Beauty and the Beast is a truly magnificent film that I recommend to anybody who wants to watch a feel good film.
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