Tale as old as time. True as it can be. Barely even friends. Then somebody bends. Unexpectedly – Beauty and The Beast is now playing in theaters everywhere! Although, I had the honor of attending an advanced screening while in LA for the Be Our Guest Event, I am over the moon with excitement to finally be able to see it again with my family.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. 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. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Both of our daughters grew up loving Beauty and The Beast (1991). With our girls being twelve years apart in age, I bet I have watched it fifty times over the years. We are a family that has always been drawn to strong female led films, even when it comes to animation. That is just one reason I think Beauty and The Beast has been such a longtime favorite in our home. Also, the story features a some great life lessons. Such as, to never judge a book by it’s cover, real beauty is within. A big one for us, is that girls can be the hero of the story. Thankfully the live-action film not only holds that female lead strength, it shines it even brighter.
I found Disney’s Beauty and The Beast to be a sparkling adaption of the original animation. Simply enchanting throughout. The costumes, and sets are beautifully crafted and with such a high attention to detail. There is so much to look at and admire in every scene. The music is outstanding! I had chills from the first song, thank you Audra McDonald. I have been asked about the couple of new additional songs, and to be honest, they are so good, and fit-in so well that you might not even notice. Note: This is this year’s must have soundtrack, perfect for family road trips.
Disney really did their homework when putting this film together. It is perfectly cast. Emma Watson, brings an outstanding performance, as does the rest of the cast. I can’t think of anyone in the film that doesn’t. The amount of chemistry is undeniable, with Luke Evans (“Gaston”) and Josh Gad (“Le Fou”) stealing the show in several scenes.
This is a faithful, and fresh retelling that honors a beloved classic. I highly recommend seeing this film in theaters. It is perfect for the whole family.
Beauty and The Beast is now playing in theaters everywhere !
FTC Disclaimer: I attended an expense paid trip by Disney to LA press events for Beauty and The Beast. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive blog post. All opinions shared are always honest and my own. This post contains no affiliate links.