Remake and reboot. These are the words in the head of Disney Executives right now. For the past 5 years, Disney is busy to re-introduce their classic phenomenal animation films as the live action. It is not a bad idea actually. In fact, I am always excited when I heard the news about it. After The studio amazed me with the Jungle Book and Cinderella (other live actions are yeah, just so-so), Disney comes up with Beauty and The Beast. I don’t really pay attention to it when I was a child, but now I should. Why? Because Emma Stone is the Belle. Hahaha.
The film starts when a prince refused a rose from a beggar and mocked her rudely. She was actually an enchantress and transformed the prince into a beast. The enchantress then left the rose in the prince’s room to make him learn about true love. If the prince could learn to love another people before the rose’s last petal falls, the curse will be lifted. If not, he would be a beast forever. Years later in the village of Villeneuve, a young beautiful woman, named Belle, is bored with everything in her life. She looks for an excitement until one day, her father, Maurice, is imprisoned by the beast. Belle comes to the castle, to take her father’s place. The beast accepts that and Belle starts to meet magical creatures like the castle’s butler, Lumière, who was turned into a candelabra; the castle’s majordomo, Cogsworth, a mantel clock; Mrs. Potts, a teapot; her son Chip, a teacup; court composer, Maestro Cadenza, a harpsichord; and Maestro Cadenza’s wife and opera singer, Madame de Garderobe, a wardrobe.
After some day in the castle, Belle discovers the Beast’s room. The enraged Beast frightens Belle into the woods and attacked by wolves. The beast saved her but he is wounded. Belle takes care of him and that time, Belle learns that the Beast is cursed by the enchantress. All inhabitants in the castle believe that Belle is the one who can break the spell. Day by day, the Beast and Belle is getting closer but Belle is still uncertain of her feeling. Back to the village, Gaston, a former soldier who desperately wants Belle, convinced the villagers Maurice has gone mad. Belle knows it and with the magic mirror from the Beast, she comes back and proves her father’s sanity. However, it just makes Gaston and other villagers to kill the Beast and locks Belle in the asylum carriage with Maurice. They escape and Bells rides back to the Beast. At the castle, Gaston and the Beast are in the deadly fight. The Beast dies as the last rose petal falls but Belle realized there is something she can do. She runs to the the Beast room and confess her love for the Beast. The Beast slowly turns into a human again and restore all the curses.
It is truly magical. I really like the soundtracks, the love story, the dance, and also Belle. Emma Watson is so charming, more than her role in Harry Potter series I think. Beauty and The Beast is a film for everyone, a mix of the the original animation and the modern CGI in the same time. The film adds some points but it just makes it better. The best scene is still the Ballroom dancing. It is just like a fairy tale comes to life. However, other than Belle, Gaston and the Prince, the actors is just so so. But still, I loved it and I am pretty sure you will.
Producers : David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Directors : Bill Condon
Writers : Stephen Chbosky, Evan Spiliotopoulos
Starring : Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson