Over the weekend we took our kids to the drive in movies. Yes, there are still some around and we happen to have one of the longest running cruise ins in our area. They always show two movies. This past weekend they were showing Beauty AND THE Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 so we decided to go. When I first saw the trailer, I couldn’t wait to see it. Our kids wanted to see it too. My husband was just like “Eh, why not?” When I first saw the trailer, I was excited because it looked like it was pretty much scene for scene from the original cartoon movie. Of course trailers can sometimes be misleading but after seeing it, I am happy to say, it really was just like watching the original in a live action sequence.
The story is still the same. Belle’s father is held hostage by the Beast, Belle takes his place and while her father is trying to convince the towns people the Beast is real and to help him get his daughter back, Belle is stuck in Beast’s castle making friends with all it’s occupants while they hope the curse will eventually be broken. All the while Belle and Beast get to know one another. Not only do they find something in each other, more importantly they find something in themselves.
Emma Watson was cast as Belle and I have to say, I really don’t see anyone else playing that role. She was a perfect Belle. I didn’t even know she could sing. I am not a music critic so some of the technical issues that other people may have heard in her voice, I didn’t hear. I thought she sang beautifully. And Emma Watson wasn’t just the perfect cast, I think the whole movie was casted perfectly. They did an amazing job choosing the cast for this movie.
Of course it opens up with song Belle from the original as she is walking through the village. It was like watching a huge musical production. Every song from the original was in this movie and each time it was like watching a live action musical. I really love the whole “Be Our Guest” production. Dishes dancing, the whole nine yards. Of course there was a little CGI work with Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and all the other cast members that were inanimate objects that came to life. The CGI work was done really well in my opinion.
Like I mentioned, the scenes were scene for scene from the original. They didn’t change anything however they did add a couple “filler” scenes. I assume this was to make the runtime a little longer. These “filler” scenes did not ruin the movie at all. Some of the scenes were even extended a little. I didn’t mind them doing this at all because they did it pretty subtly. I only caught one of the “filler” scenes but I won’t mention it. If you haven’t seen it yet I’ll let you figure it out. I thought the very subtle extras in there gave more depth to all the characters. I really liked that they did that.
I thought the movie was done really well, the music and songs were an amazing musical production and all the characters were really likable and casted brilliantly. The sets were amazing and I loved that it was scene by scene from the original. We all enjoyed it a lot. Even both my boys (11 and 7) said they loved it even though neither one of them cared for the original cartoon movie.
Worth going to see if you haven’t seen it yet!
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