Directed by Bill Condon and a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1991 animated film, which is an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont‘s 18th-century fairy tale, Beauty And The Beast follows a selfish prince (Dan Stevens) who is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love. When a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, Belle (Emma Watson) enters his enchanted castle, Beast takes her prisoner. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney film and it was the first film that I ever went to see in the cinema (apparently). So I couldn’t wait for the release of this film, especially with the likes of Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Luke Evans and Josh Gad involved.
Emma Watson‘s role will certainly split audiences, but I really enjoyed her performance, although it’s really all about Luke Evans and Josh Gad!
This live-action film is a wonderful reimagining of the classic animation. The costumes and set designs are stunning, the musical numbers are excellent, and the cast is amazing. The additional songs and extra subplots are great additions, too.
The film may have its flaws, but I get a similar feeling watching this as I did with the original, so I couldn’t help but love it.