Beauty and the Beast [Movie Review]
Happy Saturday! I hope you’re all excited for Easter 🙂
I wanted to give a movie review of Beauty and the Beast. Everyone was completely hyped over this movie. I am a Disney fan of myself, so it didn’t really take me too long to get wrapped up in all the hype. I love the song by John Legend and Ariana Grande, and even though Beauty and the Beast was never one of my favourites as a child, or one I watched over and over again, as a bookworm, we all can identify with Belle somewhat. And was I disappointed when I went and saw the movie? Not at all! I loved it. But I can be pretty critical when I watch a movie – so do bear in mind that when I am ranting about what I didn’t like, overall I did love this movie a lot.
Also, if for some reason you don’t know what movie I am going on about (where have you been?) here is the trailer to check out before reading my review!
I’m going to start with what I liked. What I really liked about this movie has to be the story. It’s a ‘tale as old as time,’ and one a lot of Disney lovers and children enjoy. I love the idea of all this talking furniture, and a girl who loves her father so much. Actually, if you’re someone who watches the youtube channels CinemaSins or Honest Trailers, they point out all the mistakes in the original movie which don’t make any sense. But this remake actually slightly altered the faults – and made little corrections which didn’t change the story we all loved, but made them make sense. If you have watched the movie already, you could go click those links and see what mistakes the original movie made. It’s pretty interesting to see the changes they made to correct those little plot holes. So kudos to the movie for making sure those issues were all dealt with!
Now, as this movie includes a whole bunch of talking furniture, the movie has to rely heavily on graphics for making the movie work. But they did this flawlessly. The furniture definitely had that slightly human element to it, so that we could identify with their loss and sorrow, but also see them as furniture as well. I think the moment where I most had to give it to them for this was in the song Be Our Guest. It’s a Disney classic, and they did it spectacularly. I mean, the candlestick even dabbed at one point. DABBED YOU GUYS.
As this was a modern remake, there were some modern social changes they wanted to make a few edits. I have to give it to Emma Watson for wanting to insert some feminism into the movie. I like that she said no to wearing corsets. I mean, why should she need to? And as well as that she made Belle an inventor, who was good with all things technical. But of course, the original also had a lot of feminism in it – I mean, Belle is refusing Gaston the whole time.
There was also representation of the LGBTQ+ community. They decided to change Le Fou’s character to being gay, and there was also briefly, a cross-dressing character. But I feel like it wasn’t really much representation. It was kind of quickl thrown in, and wasn’t given a lot of light. Sure, they added a lot of humor and that was a very good element. But for something substantial like that, I was ready for there to be more of it. The best thing though, is that at least they tried.
I was pretty satisfied with the diversity in the mix of cast… It especially stood out to me at the end of the movie.
There is also the family element discussed in this book, which remains true to the original movie. We see that Belle is so dedicated to her father, and loves him so much. I really like that we got to see them working together at a point, because they spend the majority of the movie separated. And we can see the deep love that her father truly had for her mother. When it comes to Disney movies, there seems to be a lot of discontent in families? Evil stepmothers, deceased parents, or parents who simply aren’t present or just don’t understand… It’s a refreshing change to have a family who support each other and stick together.
It’s now time for me to talk about the thing I disliked MOST about the movie. It’s the music. After falling in love with the John Legend and Ariana Grande song, I was so ready to love all the music. But aside from the Be Our Guest song, I really didn’t like any of the others. In fact, sometimes I wanted the songs to end >.> I don’t mean any offense to Emma Watson, but personally I don’t think she is the best singer. It wasn’t that her singing is bad. It was mediocre. But I am one of those people who when it comes to musicals, I get very very annoyed when I can actually hear the autotune that is in the songs. I mean, for musicals you kinda need people who can sing >.> I would have preferred if someone else sang her songs, to be honest, and she mouthed along. I don’t mean any offense, but I was really annoyed about that. I also did not like the singing of Tale as Old as Time. As that’s pretty much my favourite song in the movie, I was sulking a little bit in my cinema seat. So yes, the music really disappointed me here.
One of the main reasons I went to go and see the movie, is to go and see the ballroom scene. As a young child, we had a Beauty and the Beast computer game, and one of my favourite parts of the game was preparing and enacting the ballroom scene. So I was so ready to see it, and the beautiful yellow dress. I loved it so, so much. My heart pretty much exploded. Her hair was beautiful, the dress was simply GORGEOUS and the jewelry… honestly, I wish I could wear a dress like that. I wouldn’t take it off – ever!
Overall, I loved the movie. I would change the music if I could, but that’s really it. The casting, acting and the story line was done so well. The roses, costumes and the most important scenes were handled so well. I’m gonna be honest when I say this – I much prefer this real life version of the movie to the original. I pretty much stand by that statement 100 times over.
So if you haven’t seen it yet, and you like Disney movies, then get to it! 😉
Olivia’s Question: Have you seen this movie? What did you think? Do you want to see it?