So last night I finally give in to the demand of my younger sister & let her drag me along to the cinema to see Beauty & The Beast, (not that i give up much of a fight).
My First Thoughts
My first thought when I heard Disney were doing a live-action remake of the 1991 Disney Cult Classic Beauty & The Beast (My favorite film of all time), was mixed. On one hand i was excited to see a new adaptation of the film, and on the other hand what if they managed to ruin my childhood. let’s face it, remakes hardly ever live up to the classics.
When I heard Emma Watson had the role of Belle, my heart sank a little not that i don’t think She’s a great actress, but to me she’ll always be Hermione Granger. I remember the time i went to see Woman In Black starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) & someone shouted Expelliarmus at a scary moment in the film, don’t get me wrong we all laughed but it took away the seriousness of the film, & been a big beauty & the beast fan i didn’t want people to take away the magic of the film.
I was Shocked and amazed at Emma Watsons singing voice & her acting skills and definitely proved she shouldn’t be typecast-ed. I was also impressed with the acting of Gaston an his side kick Lefou.
I also liked how the Script writers hadn’t strayed too far away from the original script, there’s nothing worse than going to watch a remake of a film to find out they’ve completely changed the film. The bits they did change i thought built more on the original story, pleasing fans of the original, and the new generation of fans.
Personally for me some of the films characters lacked the personality and the charisma of the originals. I didn’t find myself connecting with ms Potts or Chip, their Mother & Son relationship didnt come across as well on-screen as well as the original. Ms potts lacked the warmth and motherly nature of the original. Chips also lacked the boyish charm of the original.
My Overall Opinion
I enjoyed the film and would watch it again, but for me the original was better, the characters had more personality and warmth about them. But this is the new Beauty & The Beast for the new generation. I rated this film 7/10.
The opinions in this review are completely my own, If your a big Beauty & the Beast fan, it’s worth the watch. If you’ve seen the film let me know your opinions, What did you like & what didn’t you like? Which film do you prefer?