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Beauty and The Beast Movie Review: A Progressive Ode to The Original Classic

Will the film be able to recreate the magic of the original? Will the live-action version be able to connect to the younger audience?

Sameeksha | News18.com@s_dandriyal

Updated:March 17, 2017, 12:35 PM IST
Beauty and The Beast Movie Review: A Progressive Ode to The Original Classic
A still from Beauty and The Beast.

Disney's iconic romantic tale Beauty and The Beast is back in a live-action avatar. The remake of 1991 classic story stars Emma Watson as independent Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast.

Beauty and the Beast is an intriguing love story of a brave and intelligent Belle and a cursed prince and how she saves him despite all the hurdles.

Directed by Bill Condon, the film also features Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice; Ewan McGregor as Lumière; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth; Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts; Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as Le Fou.

Disney composer Alan Menken, who has penned songs for the original animation has written three new ballads for the live-action retelling.

The live-action will feature unused lyrics from the original 1991 version that were penned by the late Howard Ashman. The remake also has several changes to the Belle’s character as Watson wanted to add more depth to the ‘thinking girl’s’ fairytale. The film is already in news because of Watson’s feminist touches and for having a gay moment in the film, first in the history of Disney fairytales.

Will the film be able to recreate the magic of the original? Will the live-action version be able to connect to the younger audience? Sameeksha of News18 is inside the theatre to find out.

9:24 AM: The film begins with the story of Beast. How magnificent the castle looks in live-action. #BeautyandTheBeast

9:29 AM: @EmmaWatson enters with the Belle song, seeking adventure while the whole town speaks about her peculiar nature. #BeautyAndTheBeast

9:34 AM: @joshgad as LeFou is hilarious from the first scene. The man and his sarcasm. #BeautyandTheBeast

9:40 AM: Belle isn't just a dreamer but an inventor herself, waiting to get out of her provincial life. #BeautyandTheBeast

9:47 AM: The crazy air of Maurice has been replaced by a much -more sensible and loving father, in the remake. #BeautyAndTheBeast

9:54 AM: The way Belle faces the Beast for the very first time, unperturbed by his appearance shows her courage. #BeautyandtheBeast

9:59 AM: Finally Belle has found her adventure in the magical castle. With 'things' talking and dressing her up to be a princess. #BeautyAndTheBeast

10:00 AM: The popular and extremely peppy Guston song shows the bromance between @TheRealLukevans and @joshgad, perfectly. #BeautyandTheBeast

10:09 AM: "She must be inside the room, crying" They underestimate the will of Belle. Don't they, now? #BeautyAndTheBeast

10:21 AM: Belle discovers the secret only to be a part of it now. Isn't it what she was seeking? An adventure far and beyond? #BeautyandTheBeast

10:25 AM: @joshgad is always the happy one around, be it LaFou or Olaf. #BeautyAndTheBeast

10:38 AM:A genuine question, did Belle fell in love with The Beast or his gigantic library? A deal enough for any Bibliophile 😍 #BeautyAndTheBeast

10:47 AM: Belle and Beast drawing parallels between their village and castle is beautiful :'). #BeautyandTheBeast

10:49 AM: A romantic by heart and an adventurer by soul, love how @EmmaWatson has painted the classic Belle in new colors. #BeautyAndTheBeast

10:58 AM: Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme. #BeautyandTheBeast song is a vishal treat and feeds your nostalgia.

11:17: AMThe spectacular feast to eyes keeps you engaged throughout with breathtaking visuals and impeccable performances. #BeautyandTheBeast

11:23 AM: There's power in love and kindness, the world needs the message in this age more than ever. #BeautyandTheBeast

11:29 AM: It's an perfect ode to the classic animated version with the more depth and improved vision. #BeautyAndTheBeast

11:33 AM: #BeautyandTheBeast is the perfect treat for the little ones and nostalgic older ones alike. It's spectacular, nostalgic & progressive.

11:35 AM: Worth the wait and time. @beourguest deserves a watch for its magic. Thankyou for staying throughout the tweet review of #BeautyAndTheBeast

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| Edited by: Shomini Sen
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