by VANESSA DELGADO//Staff Writer
“Beauty and the Beast” is a Disney classic. It’s a tale that is fun for all ages and provides a positive theme for younger children.
As a little girl, I can remember a childhood based on the many Disney princesses.
They were all very intriguing and always overcame adversity. They stood for what was right, and I knew I wanted to grow up into a woman with their morals and beauty. So you can understand my excitement when it was announced that there was a new live-action film coming out.
The tale of Belle is widely known. She is a smart woman, but an oddity in the small village in which she lives. Nearby, there is a prince that has been cursed, and he is commonly known as the ‘Beast.’ She slowly learns to love and care for him, and he returns her affection. Due to their new-found love, the curse is ultimately broken.
Emma Watson plays the role of Belle in the film. It was a match made in heaven. Watson represents the illusion of Belle, on and off the screen. She is extremely intelligent and charismatic. Unafraid to be herself, Watson shows her similarities with her character.
Her voice was light and joyful throughout the film, which fit the theme of the movie.
Watson is very widely known for her role as Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter films. Since the end of the films, she has taken on other movie roles, but I think this is her best one yet.
Dan Stevens plays the Beast. Although he is mainly animated throughout the movie, his acting and voice-over are rather great. Watson and Stevens made a great pair in this beloved film.
“Beauty and the Beast” may be widely known as a children’s movie, but the live-action film opens it up to more audiences that prefer actual actors and actresses as opposed to motion picture characters.
With such advanced technology, the effects looked amazing. You almost couldn’t tell that the personified household items were animated. The details were impeccable.
The live-action film stayed true to the original. It was almost identical to the original. One of the more drastic changes was the addition of a new song sung by the Beast.
There was some controversy about the movie when it was released became one of the characters, LeFou, played by Josh Gad, in the film is gay. During the movie, there were very subtle hints in the way LeFou acted that suggested he was homosexual. But the only scene that strongly suggested it was when he was dancing with another man at the end of the movie. But that’s hardly enough cause to not see a movie based on a homosexual character.
The cast was picked out perfectly, and each character is a huge part in the movie, even if they were not the main focus of the film.
The movie was very well executed and as amazing as I hoped it would be. The songs were sung beautifully and continued to inspire excitement throughout the film.
I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.