As you’ve probably guessed, I’ve got another guest blogger on his way to becoming a full time member here! His name is LL, and he’s a good friend of mine. We actually went to the same university, and studied the same course…FILM PRODUCTION!
As you all know, my Reviews section is becoming rather lacklustre, so I’ve decided to drag LL in to help with that. Look forward to his posts every two weeks, before he moves on to the Reviews section!
Welcome to the review!
Welcome back to another review blog, it has been a while since the last one was put out but fret not this one should quench your taste for a while! Today’s subject will be looking at Disney’s latest live action film Beauty and the Beast. Now, if you have not seen it and intend to, then I suggest you tread lightly as there will be spoilers here!
And without further ado, let us begin.
A Beautiful Piece
I will start by saying that the cinematography and representation of 1800s France was spot on. The little technology they had, the architectural design of the town and of the castle was magnificent, and the manners in which they talked was on point. To top it all off, the costume design was so precise that the cast must have felt like they were in the 1800s.
But there is one thing Disney had to top in order to get high reviews, and that is the soundtrack. So what did Disney do? They brought in the exact same composer (Alan Menken) that composed the animated version of Beauty and the Beast, to knock it up another notch! And boy he did. The main song that stood out the most to me was ‘Your Mother’ as it hints at a small snippet into the new script ideas.
A Beastly Cast
Now don’t take this the wrong way, some of the choices for the characters were perfect! HOWEVER, some of them did not sit well with me, due to how they were previously voiced in the original.
First off I will start with Emma Watson acting as Belle. Amazing! Fitted the role perfectly with her humour, kindness and courage. With Disney also dropping in the fact that she is an inventor suited her well, as it added more character and a stronger relationship towards her father. Speaking of her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline) was….. above average. They took away his insanity and him being an inventor to switch it, so that he was an artist/craftsman and more along the lines of misunderstood.
Here is where I get petty. I didn’t like either of the choices for both Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Ian Mckellan). Both amazing actors, they just didn’t fit these characters in my opinion. First off I couldn’t take Lumiere seriously with his French accent, it did not suit it at all. Then, unfortunately for Cogsworth, it seems he was cut short of his lines. At times I was just hoping for more dialogue but there wasn’t, so I’d say their time is up.
Finally I have left my least and most favourite characters until last. Gaston, played by Luke Evans, I could not enjoy. Just his structure and singing tone was so different to the original that I couldn’t enjoy it as much. It seemed that, with his new character, he became less of a brute as such in shape, but instead to be more of a brute mentally. A prime example of this is when he leaves Maurice in the woods, to die by wolves. And yep from deduction you must have guessed that the Beast (Dan Stevens) was by far my favourite character. The voice, the manner and his movements just sat so well that he surpassed expectations. A truly beautiful beast!
Now we get into the actual script and how much has changed. Well…. not much actually! This time Disney decided to stick very close to the original, not to taint it I guess. However, there was one crucial side plot that strengthened the love between Belle and the Beast. And that’s to do with their mothers. Towards the beginning of the film we see how Belle asks for a white rose. One meaning of the white rose is a new start, in which it was as she embarked on a new journey, from when her father goes missing.
As we further progress, we capture an emotional moment from the Beast as we travel into his thoughts, in which we see his mother is dying from the plague (which is rather accurate, according to our history books). This is then mirrored in Belle, as she finds out that, one of Beast’s enchanted books allows them to travel anywhere, in which Belle picks to visit her birthplace. Here, we are told the horrible truth that she also died of the plague and it seems as if Beast shows a similar resentment, due to experiencing that same loss.
Overall it was a beautiful adaption, with a killer script that stuck both to originality and added more bonding/emotional points, to structure the film, with entrancing scenery and design to represent the old days of France, backed up with an amazing orchestral soundtrack that stuck close to the roots. However, some questionable choices towards the cast that lead me unfulfilled with it. Would I recommend you watch it though? Yes!
Well that wraps up this review, what did you think of the film? Was it as beautiful as the castles design or was it as beastly as the three village lasses craving for Gaston’s attention? Leave your thoughts below whether they be critical or not.
And now I bid you all farewell, till next time. LL
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