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As a child of the 90’s, I grew up on Disney’s beloved films, such as ‘The Lion King, ‘Pocahontas,’ and ‘ Aladdin.’ So, naturally, I had to rent the updated version of The Beauty and the Beast, now that it is on iTunes. Here is my initial review.
Staying true to the original animation, The Beauty and The Beast, directed by Bill Condon, features a story about a vain, young prince that becomes imprisoned in the body of a beast after his refusal to help a damsel (witch in disguise) reveals that he holds no love in his heart.
Meanwhile, in a nearby village, a young girl named Belle lives with her inventor father; She spends her days feeding her imagination with books and dreaming of a life outside of the village while shutting down advances from the lovelorn Gaston.
One day, Belle’s father is taken hostage by the Beast, leading Belle to the Beast’s enchanted castle; a fantastical story of love and acceptance ensues. The rest, as we say, is Disney history.
What I Liked
The Beauty and the Beast wasn’t one of my favorite Disney films as a child; as such, I wasn’t ‘over-the-moon’ with excitement about this movie. However, there were a few aspects that I enjoyed about this adaptation.
- Emma Watson – I firmly believe that Emma Watson has been marvelous in every movie that I’ve seen her in, The Beauty and The Beast was no exception; she truly embodied the character of Belle, and I loved it.
- The scenery – Throughout the film, The Beauty and the Beast featured some STUNNING scenic views (both CGI and real). Part of me craved to jump into my TV to visit some of those locations.
- The sets and costumes – I give major props (no pun intended) to the film’s costumes designers and set creators; they did a beautiful job of creating Belle’s enchanting, fairy-tale world.
- True to the original – While I wasn’t a huge fan of The Beauty and The Beast’s plot, I do have to hand it to the creators, they stayed true to the original; with a few exceptions, due to the limitations of a live action film.
What I Didn’t Like
The principal reason that I didn’t fancy either version of The Beauty and The Beast was that the plot ran slow and dry, with too many musical interludes; making for a boring movie. Additionally, I have never tended to enjoy films that are dark; I don’t mean a dark theme, but ones that have a visually dark tone; which is 99.9% of this particular film.
So, Is The Beauty and The Beast Worth A View?
Whilst I was not enchanted by The Beauty and The Beast, as a Disney fan, I believe that it was worth a watch. I likely wouldn’t have gone to see it in the cinemas, but for $4.99 as an iTunes rental, this film kept me entertained.
So, to answer the big question, if you are wondering whether The Beauty and The Beast is worth a view, I would say yes (if you are a Disney fan). However, be prepared with the knowledge that the film does contain several musical interludes and scenes of violence. If you aren’t a fan of Disney films, I would suggest that you take a pass.
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My question to you is, have you watch The Beauty and The Beast yet? What did you think of the film? If you haven’t watched it yet, will you?