First, let me start by telling you how much I love Beauty and the Beast. It was probably my favorite Disney movie back in the old days… along with The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.
That is my Disney Holy Trinity. I mean I memorized all the songs and some of the dialogues, to a point that is almost embarrassing.
So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard that they were making a movie and Emma Watson was going to be a part of it (I’m also a huge Harry Potter fan but that is a whole other story).
One thing I want to say is that I’ve seen the movie dubbed in Italian so I haven’t seen the English version yet, my review is based on the Italian version.
When I was sitting down in the movie theater I was filled with joy, I felt like a little girl. Emma Watson was perfect as Belle. The movie was probably one of the best remake of a Disney classic I have seen. The songs were amazing just like in the original version but with a few changes here and there.
The costumes and the set design were spot on, and so was the soundtrack. The two main character were amazing! Emma Watson’s Belle was a breath of fresh air. I believe she is a great actress, and her version of Belle was bold and refreshing. Belle was strong, independent, brave and smart while the CGI version of the Beast was very well done, the character was funny and scary at the same time.
There were certain elements that didn’t make a lot of sense to me, mostly secondary things and added elements that didn’t quite fit in the narrative or the scenario. Like the “gay moments” or the fact that there were a lot of black secondary characters, I feel like these issues were not dealt with properly, it was like they were added to the plot for the sake of inclusiveness (in a time when it’s greatly needed) but the way they played out didn’t make a lot of sense in the movie, in my opinion.
I didn’t quite like Luke Evans’s version of Gaston, I felt it was rather dull, but hey God bless Josh Gad… he was able to keep the scenes with Gaston interesting. I just love him, I think he always nails the part. Also, I liked Lumiere, probably my favorite inhabitant of the castle.
Overall the good parts overshadowed the parts that didn’t make sense so I can honestly say that I really liked this version. I advise anyone who loved the classic version to go and see this one, possibly in the movie theater because I believe you will enjoy it.
Since I have yet to see the English version I’m interested in what you thought of it, so, if you want you can write your opinions in the comments.