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Thursday, March 30, 2017

A New Tale That’s As Old As Time

beautyandthebeastPanning scenery and elegant, intricately designed rooms capture your attention, then song sets the mood, drawing you into the long-told tale of “Beauty and the Beast.” The tale describes the struggles of Belle, who is chased by the persistent Gaston, after she ends up in the castle of the once-glorious and proud Beast. The inhabitants of the castle believe that she is “the one,” and try to convince her that the Beast really isn’t as terrible as he seems. What happens in the end is for you to find out (unless you already know).

Directed by William “Bill” Condon (who also directed “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” parts one and two and “Gods and Monsters”), “Beauty and the Beast” is brought to life with impactful, colorful computer-generated imagery and a wide variety of talented actors. Known for playing the intelligent Hermione from the Harry Potter series, Emma Watson stars as the beautiful and strong-willed Belle. Accompanying the independent protagonist is Dan Stevens, who also plays Matthew Crawley in “Downton Abbey,” as Beast. Luke Evans, who is featured in many other acclaimed movies, stars as the haughty Gaston.

“Beauty and the Beast” was co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films, and debuted on March 17, 2017. A remake of the classic tale that was originally brought to life by Walt Disney Feature Animation, this family musical movie has a magical touch of fantasy that brings light to children’s eyes, and still keeps adults entertained.

While it cost about $300 million to produce and market, “Beauty and the Beast” is earning the big bucks in the box office. It broke the Hollywood record, earning $170 million domestically, and $180 million internationally over the weekend, according to the NY Times. As of Wednesday, March 22, it has already grossed $462 million worldwide, according to Forbes, thus quickly exceeding its production fees.

On IMDb, “Beauty and the Beast” pulls a 7.9/10 stars, while Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 71% on the “Tomatometer” and 86% for the “Audience Score.”

Personally, I think the film was successfully executed, and garnered the attention of the masses with its lavish scenery and music. The bits of humor were definitely a plus; something the original movie did not have quite as much of. However, although the story is a classic, I would have preferred for the movie to differentiate from the original plot a bit more. As someone who has seen and heard of the tale of the beauty and the beast countless times, it was fairly boring to see the same exact story told again, even though it was remade in “real life.”

I do applaud the amount of diversity among the actors, but I think this aspect could still be expanded and improved. In this remake, LeFou (played by Josh Gad), Gaston’s dedicated admirer and sidekick, was portrayed as someone who realizes their sexuality, as shown in the final scene, where LeFou is seen dancing with another man, unlike the other pairs.

Another point to make is the beautifully executed CGI. Certain characters, such as Lumière (Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), were smartly reimagined, yet still recognizable as the original candlestick and clock. One comment that I will allow myself to make is that the Beast’s movements seemed to be quite stiff and unnatural, although I’m not sure if that was intentional. Other visual aspects, such as costumes and furnishing, were very elegant. The lighting was also pretty on the spot in terms of projecting tone.

Many of the quotes from the characters comedically entertain the audience, such as, “It’s not over till the fat lady sings,” as yelled by Madame Garderobe before jumping into action, or “You are the wildest, most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen! Nobody deserves you,” as said by Gaston when checking out his own reflection.

If you are new to the whole “Beauty and the Beast” fairytale, by all means, check it out! Or, if you’ve seen the 1991 version, have fun reminiscing a bit of the childhood we once had. A tip: the 3D experience is definitely worth investing in, especially during the extravagant “Be Our Guest” scene and the ballroom dance between the beast and Belle. So, feel free to waltz off to the theater and pick up some tickets — it’ll be a magical night.

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