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A Fresh New Look at a Tale as Old as Time
January 21 2018, 12:08 | Perry Erickson
For Disney, what was old is new again. If you adored the original cartoon, you will more than likely adore this version as well.
The release of Disney's real-life Beauty and the Beast invited viewers to "be their guest" as the all-too-familiar magical love story unfolded on the big screen accompanied by vibrant costumes, impressive sets and the contagious sounds of the musical score. I loved nearly everything about this movie.
Beauty and the Beast earns a solid 8.5/10 for wonderful music, animation, and storytelling. We all love the original, but is the new one any good?
What's more, so as not to exasperate the gray matter, the characters and their motivations are easily recognizable, the exception being Luke Evans's Gaston, the handsome soldier who relentlessly seeks the hand of Belle, the title beauty played by Emma Watson.
I see two potential positives of remaking an animated classic using live actors: First, it can help suspend one's disbelief (if done well) when the characters look real, not cartoonish. After, The Beauty and the Beast also has its own leg and stands out even from the original animated film.
From Belle (Emma Watson)'s energetic walk through the village to Gaston's amusing narcissistic ode, from the show-stopping dinner table theatrics to the moving ballads of love, all the musical sequences audiences have associated and loved with the feature are included, and performed with grandiose, gusto and grace. Everything was so detailed, vivid and realistic. He became Gaston, and that's a large part of what made him so great. He made me laugh throughout the film as the bumbling henchman.
It is known that big-named celebrities like Watson will always be surrounded with not more than enough watchful eyes of the public. There are many subtle attempts at developing characters, expanding the plot, and creating deeper connections, but most of these are done in a half-committed style, and in some cases, takes away from the story.
Now let's talk about Belle. The Disney Princess brand generates billions of dollars in annual retail sales, and the reintroduction of Belle to the big screen will nearly certainly spur the sale of toys, clothing, and other products related to the character.
Woolverton said she still feels there is a sense of male dominance in her field but thinks there is great progress for women, specifically in television. Personally, I thought they could have found someone better for Belle than Watson.
After the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, Emma Watson graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, along with her being appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. Disney's staunch refusal to address sexuality and gender outside the norm is especially frustrating following the influential company's push in recent years towards princesses of every nationality. A flurry of criticisms has been released prior to and following the opening of the movie, yet I believe the popular opinion aligns with high-esteem towards the movie.
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