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This is going to be a spoiler free
review, so I won’t be able to go into too much detail, but let me
give you a short preview of what I feel about the movie: It was
utterly and undeniably magical!
I just left the cinema and instantly
made my way home and to my laptop to write all this down so I would
not forget a single thing I wanted to share with you guys, because
let me tell you there is so much to say about this movie and all of
it is good. Over the past couple of weeks I have seen so much
negativity surround this movie, so many people threatening to boycott
yet another movie they haven’t seen on the sheer basis that a
character was supposedly gay and once more mistreated for it.
I write this to share with everyone
willing to read just what an amazing experience it was watching this
movie. I want to preface the following review by saying that both my
best friend and I are not overly emotional people. Neither of us cry
at the drop of a pin, especially not in the cinema. Yet in the matter
of ten minutes both me and my friend had our first tears in our eyes.
I say first, because the movie takes you on quite the emotional ride
and it is magnificent. Now, I’m no professional, but I’d consider my
opinion rather objective and trustworthy. Of course, I’d suggest you
go see the movie yourself nevertheless.
Let me begin with the basics such as
scenery, music and cast. The scenery was quite literally
breathtaking. The second Emma Watson stepped out of her little home
in that little village of France you are there with Belle. I had the
pleasure to watch the movie in 3D IMAX and it was absolutely worth
it. I’d recommend for anyone to pay those extra bucks, because I feel
it really added to the tone of the movie.
While the CGI was certainly visible at
times and slightly over the top for my taste here and there the
overall feel of the movie is not damaged by it at all. Wherever the
movie takes you, it seems real despite of it. The camera work is to
thank for it as well, as it really helps to set a specific tone. All
in all the movie does great in making you feel a certain emotion at
the appropriate time by using all the means they are given to do so;
including the sets and the way the camera is handled.
music and especially the musical numbers were quite mesmerizing.
Amongst the familiar classics like Beauty and the Beast itself the
movie offered some new pieces as well. Especially one towards the end
– sung by Dan Stevens as the Beast – caught my attention and
heart in particular. They use the songs not only to entertain, but
also to convey emotions and a deep insight into the characters
themselves. Some performances I liked better than others – I was
disappointed by the audible autotune used on Emma Watson herself –
but overall the numbers were all equally entertaining.
the cast I have to admit I had my doubts. I was especially worried
about Josh Gad as Le Fou as I’ve gotten to know him as a pretty poor
comedic actor. I say poor as most jokes are at the expense of him and
his weight rather than made by him. After watching the movie I can
say that I could not be more pleased with the casting, even Josh Gad.
I was honestly surprised as to how well he handled the role and happy
to see him take on a more serious side. Of course he was still funny,
but this time the humour wasn’t at his expense, but rather due to his
wit and clever sarcasm.
Now I want to tackle the characters,
specifically taking the accusations into account, and talk about how
the movie performs in comparison to the old classic we all know and
love. While a lot of the original story has remained untouched and
recognizable, there still have been quite a few tweaks and they were
for the better. They made the story more understandable, the
characters more memorable and real. I am happy to note that the
characters are granted a new depth they were lacking in the original.
Thanks to that the story is much better fitting for our time, age and
Gaston I was especially pleased with,
for multiple reasons. Towards the beginning of the movie I found him
to be rather charming which was a clever move to make. It only made
him seem worse when finally his facade dropped later on the movie. It
makes you truly detest his character and therefor the movie managed
to create a good villain in him. Despite being the bad guy, however,
his relationship towards Le Fou is in no way hateful. In fact, their
friendship is one I considered to be one of the most interesting in
the entire movie!
As for Le Fou, I dare say he was one of my
favourite characters. Contrary to his original counterpart he is in
no way a fool. In fact, he is the one keeping Gaston in check,
knowing his best friends behaviour, trying to keep him in line while
simultaneously taking his jabs and making fun of him as well.
Compared to the original, their relationship is much more equal and
lighthearted. Gaston is still the dreamy guy everyone is into, but he
doesn’t treat Le Fou as a peace of shit for it. In fact, despite his
obviously homoerotic undertones, even towards Gaston, the latter
never once ridicules him for it. Not only that, but Le Fou undergoes
great character growth over the course of the movie and it was a
pleasure to watch.
As for the Beauty and the Beast
themselves, there is not too much to say. The characters themselves
weren’t changed too much and yet there was still a fresh air about
them. It’s hard to explain without giving too much away. However, I
can say that both of them are obviously flawed and both of them
undergo a growth as well. Not only the Beast but Belle too. Instead
of brushing their flaws off once the plots wants them to be in love
they are openly addressed and worked on. Both parties realize their
mistakes and even admit to them. It certainly was a nice, little
change and I happily watched their relationship develop step by step.
As for a direct comparison of the
original to the new one I can say without doubt and guilt that the
new movie is better. A lot of the flaws of the original – whether
due to ignorance or because of the time it was created it – were
taken care off in this movie. The Stockholm Syndrome people accuse
the original of is handled better and I say this with a particular
conversation in mind that directly addresses the issue of freedom
there is for Belle. The movie also works much better in establishing
the character, their relationships and especially their pasts. You
get to know more about Belle and the Beast that give you a better
insight into them and explain, to a certain extend, why their
relationship develops the way it does.
So, in conclusion, the movie does great
in sweeping you away into a beautiful, magical world. It has a great
tone, the music is catchy, the scenery is breathtaking and it hits
home in just the right places. While the original was beautiful and
unique to experience and is an irreplaceable part of many childhoods,
it was extremely flawed. While it isn’t to say that this version is
not flawed – it undeniably is – the new Beauty and the Beast
managed to give you nostalgia without making the same mistakes as its
predecessor. It adds a new depth and strength to our already beloved
characters that make me happy in the sense of knowing that another
generation will grow up with a better version of our childhood