The beloved tale as old as time returns to the big screen with a new live action twist, several new songs, as well as a new cast to bring this Disney favorite to life once again, what isn’t new however, is the overwhelming sense of happiness and magic the story brings to hearts of everyone.
The topic of beast continues with this review, except this beast makes you want to fall in love, or least have someone fall in love with him. Dan Stevens is fantastic in his turn as the arrogant prince turned beast, and manages to give one of the beast performances in the film, as well giving an outstanding performance of the Beast’s new song Evermore that is certain to become yet another Disney classic. Another great performance comes from Olaf… I mean Josh Gad, who plays Gaston’s trusting side kick, LeFou. Josh Gad not only gives an incredible, and almost refreshing take on the character, but overs up a performances of Gaston that will leave audience members in stitches. But we can’t take about Gaston’s sidekick without talking about the man himself, or should I say the man who thinks he’s the man. Luke Evans musical theater background shines through in his performance as Gaston, with a singing voice that could all the girls swoon, no matter how much we wish it wouldn’t. Another bonus is the hilarious delivery Evans gives to Gaston, with incredible comedic timing that matches up really well with funny man Josh Gad. And lastly, we most certainly can’t mention Beauty and The Beast without mentioning the Beauty herself… Miss Emma Watson. Ever since she’s descended that staircase in Harry Potter, we all new she was meant to be a princess, and this movie solidifies that. With a gorgeous singing, as well as her outstanding acting performance, Watson truly does the 1991 animated Belle justice.
The films also offers up new details for fans of the original to appreciate, giving more details about The Beasts backstory, as well as discussing Belle’s mother.
The best thing about this film is that while it certainly stays true to the original, it offers up something new for future generations to love, as well as though’s of us who grew up with the original. The new music, written by the legend himself, Alan Meinken, is fantastic, and fits beautifully in with the already famous songs.And Emma Thompsons gorgeous take on Beauty and The Beast would make Angela Lansbery proud, as well as Ewan McGreggors upbeat retelling of Be Our Guest.
It would be impossible for lovers of the 1991 animation to not at least enjoy this film, you may not like it as much as the original, you may think its better, but it truly has the potential to become a Disney classic, and certainly helps this famous tale as old as time earn a place in our hearts all over again.