Director: Bill Condon
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Duration: 2 hr 09 mins
My Rating: 10/10
Overview: 26 years ago, Disney captured our hearts with a legendary tale of a beast, a beautiful bookworm and talking antiques inside a vast castle.
In the live-action adaptation, Emma Watson re-captures our hearts and reminds us that love is a tale as old as time and you're never too old to relive your childhood.
What I loved: I loved everything about this movie from start to finish. As soon as the first song began until the final credits, I had chills and yes, tears sneaking down my cheeks. I felt as though I was a child again, watching one of my favorite movies for the very first time. Magical is the word I'd choose if I could only pick one to describe the live-action adaptation.
Emma Watson was wonder and perfect to play Belle. I couldn't picture anyone else playing the part half as well as she did. Apart from her, everyone else was cast masterfully, too. The producers and directions somehow brought the cartoon to life and nailed it!
Lefou is also much morel likable and even funnier than in the cartoon. Josh Gad (Frozen, Love and Other Drugs) acted spectacularly.
Every scene was a treat because they followed the original film so well. Yes, some scenes were taken out and some were added, but the most important parts are still there.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the new songs added to the film and thought they provided more relevance and explanation to the story as a whole.
I couldn't be happier with how Beauty and the Beast turned out and I already can't wait to see it again, and again, and again.
What I didn't: I didn't like all of the negative attention this film received by hateful, ignorant people not wanting to "expose" their children to the "gay agenda" within the story. Speaking as a straight woman with a boyfriend, I have more "gay" in my pinky finger than in this entire movie. Honestly, if no one ever made such a big deal about it all, I wouldn't have even noticed the "gay" scenes. You could literally blink and miss what people were so up in arms about. If you choose not to take your children to see Beauty and the Beast, you're only hurting them, because you're taking away their chance to see a beautiful masterpiece.