Disney‘s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action adaptation of the classical tale by the same title, which has received mixed reviews. One common ground however, is how the movie has stayed true to the original story.
The tale is of the Prince who was turned into a Beast (played by Dan Stevens) for his arrogance and the fact that he used to judge people on their appearance. An enchantress curses him and his household for their inconsideration. A rose is the symbol for the curse and if the last petal falls the prince will remain a beast forever.
On the other side of the forest lies a small village, and in the midst is Belle (played by Emma Watson), a young strong-willed woman with a passion of books. She lives with her father and Gaston (Luke Evans), the protagonist in the story, is trying to get her to marry him. In one of these forests journeys, Belle’s father gets attacked in the woods by a pack of wolves and gets trapped in the Beast’s castle for taking a rose from the garden. On finding out, Belle goes to save him and offers herself in exchange for him.
What follows next is a romance story dogged by the Beast’s crude demeanor and the villagers misguided rage to attack the castle. But with time, Belle warms up to beast and they actually have a lot in common, in their love of books and being outcasts in their societal circles.
A comic relief in the movie comes in the form of the castle’s talking furniture and cutlery. Gaston’s right hand man, Lefou (Josh Gad) has his moments as well.
One thing that Disney movies are guilty of is the characters breaking out in song for whatever reason. The opening scene of Beauty and the Beast literally starts with a musical number. An adaptation of the classic story Beauty and The Beast, the movie stayed true to the original story with no modern twists. Wait there was one – two gay characters – but their story wasn’t that crucial to the story line.
It is clear why Emma Watson turned down the role of La La Land to perform as Belle. Her character is strong willed and is credited as the only lady in the village who can read. In the “washing clothes pool” for lack of a better word, she taught a little girl how to read; much to the dismay of the villagers. Emma being a feminist is greatly for women empowerment. Her charming demeanor coupled with her alluring English accent made her performance both believable and a joy to watch.
This is one family movie to enjoy the whole family with beautiful graphics and exceptional singing; the dancing is nothing to write home about but good enough not to turn away from.