Midnight Movies: Beauty and the Beast

beauty-and-the-beast-poster-walt-disney-2017Beauty and the Beast

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans,  Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald,  Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson.
Director: Bill Condon
Plot Summary: 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.

Enchanted. That is what you feel when you watch this film. With a slew of Disney live action films set to be released in the upcoming future, Beauty and the Beast sets the bar high with its quality and attention to detail.

All the elements we know and love from the animated version leaves it’s mark on this adaptation, fuelling that nostalgic feel. However, there is also a slew of additional details included that enhances this enchanting aura leaving you completely mesmerised. The fluidity in each sequence hits all the right notes. This film is a visual treat. With a strong reliance on CGI, it’s natural to be nervous about its execution. Thankfully it’s use was aesthetically pleasing and further heightens the atmosphere of the film.

Undoubtedly the films biggest strength is in its casting. Emma Watson is the complete embodiment of Belle. There’s an innocence to Belle’s book loving, free-spirited nature and combining this with her intelligence and aspirations beyond the expectations of this small town makes her all the more relatable and sympathetic. It’s not just Watson that shines. The entire ensemble have their moment. The dynamic between the lovable, household items is phenomenal and packed with humour and gentle care that bring about a homely feel to the cold, gothic looking castle the beast inhabits. Dan Stevens also does a great job at capturing the Beasts anger and bitterness but also shows the loneliness and longing in him to find someone who could willingly love him which makes the romance between him and Belle that much sweeter. His ballad gave Stevens a chance to show off his vocals and the song, Evermore, turns the Beast into a sympathetic character to root for. However, it was Luke Evans and Josh Gad that stole the show. These two thrived in their roles as the handsome, arrogant, soldier Gaston, and sidekick LeFou. Gaston is unapologetically ruthless in his pursuit of Belle, even going as far as abandoning a man to his death to get what he wants. LeFou, is ever loyal to his friend but goes on a journey himself as his moral compass rejects the actions of Gaston. Any film that has an ensemble of actors that completely embraces it’s characters and enhances the qualities we already associate with them is bound to be a hit and this is largely why Beauty and the Beast is such a success.

Overall, Beauty and the Beast hits all the right notes. It’s a magical tale that pulls on that nostalgic feel but also enhances all the qualities we know and love about the animated version, making it all the more emotional and enchanting.


8 thoughts on “Midnight Movies: Beauty and the Beast

  1. I agree with all of what you said, Lois. The cast did such a lovely job at making the movie completely come to life. They were all amazing in their roles. I was nervous about how the songs would turn out, but I don’t have any complaints. I also loved how Belle & The Beast got a stronger background story in the movie. And I loved that Belle was the inventor! Ahh I want to see it all over again now! 🙂

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    1. The singing was one concern of mine but now all I’m doing is blasting the soundtrack. Dan Stevens and Luke Evans can serenade me any day haha. 😛
      The additional background info was everything I wanted. It made them so much more relatable. I’m seriously considering going to see it again now.


  2. Gah, I went to see this yesterday and it was so wonderful. I’m in complete agreement with all the points you made in this review! To be honest, even though I knew Emma Watson wouldn’t disappoint I lowered my expectations before going to see the movie in case it was going to be a flop. Thankfully, I wasn’t let down in the slightest. I was so surprised by how well done the effects were and the Beast looked so much better in motion picture than in the photo stills that were released. Also, the additional songs and backstories of the characters were what made me enjoy this so much. I definitely have plans on purchasing the DVD (to add to my BATB shelf) when it goes on sale. 🙂

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    1. I was worries about my expectations being too high but it did not disappoint at all. I must admit the wig they stuck on Dan Steven’s after his transformation did not suit him at all but I can forgive them for that haha. The backstories made them so much more relatable and it really did help establish that emotional connection and add some depth to them. I want to see it again but I’ll restrain myself and wait for the DVD to come out.


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