How do I even begin to talk about the live action Beauty & The Beast? I wanted to write a follow up to last Friday’s post about how excited I was to see Beauty & The Beast, but I’m at a loss of words.
I think it’s safe to say, however, that I bloody well LOVED IT!
I went into the movie knowing that it would have to really mess up for me not to like it, but the movie highly surpassed my expectations.
My favorite character was of course Cogsworth (I love you Ian McKellan!) the same as in the cartoon version, but Le Fou, played by Josh Gad, came in at a close second. In the original movie I didn’t care for Le Fou. Maybe it is my admiration of Josh Gad’s work, or the way he portrayed Le Fou that made me adore him so much. He brought comic relief to the movie when it was needed and made funny scenes that much better.
One thing that must be said when writing about the character of Le Fou is how happy it made me that he was the first “openly gay” Disney character, even though I found it quite subtle.
I won’t go into any details because I would hate to spoil anything for anyone who has not yet seen the movie, but just know, it is incredible!
I was so impressed with how much like the original movie Ewan McGregor made Lumiere sound.
Gaston, played by Luke Evans, was scary! In the cartoon movie he is just a very self centered man. In the live action movie he is comedic, self centered, and dangerous. There were moments where I found myself laughing at how pompous he is, but other moments where I’m ready for his character to be gone.
The movie added some new music, and I loved each song!
I have been singing songs from the movie since I left the theatre.
I wasn’t sure how well the movie would turn out, taking a 70 minute cartoon and turning it into a 2 hour feature film. They didn’t cut out anything, but instead added in scenes.
We learn more about the Beast, and why he turned out the way he did.
We learn about Belle’s mother, and why she was absent.
There were a few new characters that just added so much more to the movie.
I read a lot of reviews putting down Emma Watson’s singing and saying how auto-tuned it was. Yes there was some auto-tuning, but that’s for all movies, no? I thought she did a wonderful job.
As soon as the movie ended I wanted to re-watch it again.
It was magnificent!
Have you seen the movie yet?
Did you love it?