Love Stories, Bravery, Diversity Makes New Beauty and the Beast A Must See
Disney’s new live action film, Beauty and the Beast is now playing in theaters everywhere. I’ve been waiting to see this movie since they announced that Emma Watson was slated to play Belle. Beauty and the Beast has been my favorite Disney movie of all time. I’ve always felt like Belle was my spirit princess, so attending the #BeOurGuestEvent was life changing for me.
I remember the chills I felt watching the teaser trailer months ago. Just seeing that iconic rose brought back so many memories of the animated version of the film.
We screened the movie the same day we arrived in town. My body was still on east coast time but I was determined to enjoy it to the fullest. It was amazing. There were moments when there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. I wanted to immediately see it again after the first time. There are so many things I could say about the film to encourage you to see the film. Here’s eight reasons why I loved the film and why I think you’ll want to see it as well.
8 Reasons Why I Loved Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Emma Watson Nails Belle
There was never a doubt in my mind that Watson could pull off the iconic character of Belle. She seemed like she was born to play this role. Before screening the movie someone mentioned if I was worried about her singing. I’d never actually thought about her singing at all. After seeing the movie I have to say she did an awesome job with the singing. During our interview with Emma and Dan, she talked about how hard she worked on her voice to prove to Disney that she was committed to the role and that she could indeed sing.
New Animation Effects Brings Supporting Cast to Life
As you can imagine it’s not easy to bring to life moving and talking furniture and household items to life. For the movie, Disney filmmakers started working with a new technique to animate the items. They looked amazing in the movie. My personal favorite was Plumette. I loved the new look she received versus the animated version.
Luke Evans and Josh Gad Steals Hearts as Gaston and Le Fou
These guys probably have one of the best bromances I’ve seen in movie history. Evans and Gad did an amazing job bringing these characters to life in a grand way. They really are the bad guys we love to hate in the film. Be prepared to sing when the tavern scene appears in the film. I couldn’t help myself when I saw the film.
All the Original Songs You Love Plus Three New Ones
Since I mentioned singing I have to take about the music. If you’re worried about them not staying true to the film don’t worry. All of the original songs appear in the live action version. There are also three new songs added to the film. The supporting cast gets a song, along with a solo for the Beast. The new songs include:
- How Does A Moment Last Forever
- Days in the Sun
There Are Several Love Stories
In the original animated feature, we know that Belle and the Beast fall in love. Gaston thinks he likes Belle, but I believe he wants he because he can’t have her. In the live action film, we see the love story of Lumiere the candelabra and the feather duster Plumette expanded. There’s also additional romances with other items in the enchanted castle.
Diversity & Interracial Couples
Disney did an amazing job adding such a diverse cast for this film by way of supporting actors. During our interview with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Audra McDonald, we talked about the inclusion of not one but two interracial couples. I love seeing positive images of love in films, and I hope people recognize the beauty in these stories.
The Lesson on Acceptance
One of my favorite quotes during our interviews came from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, when we asked what she hoped people take away from the film, she stated “I hope that people will get swept up in the romance and the music is just so iconic. I love the message that beauty is found within, it’s an oldie but a goodie. But, I think really for this film the idea to look a little deeper, see the human within each and every person even if the exterior is something that intimidates you or you’re not familiar with. There’s always a human underneath it all. And I think to try to connect to somebody’s soul, is really important.”
It Stays True to the Original
What I loved the most about this version of the movie is that it was very true to the original. From the opening scene with Belle’s song. I was immediately drawn into the story. I loved it just as much as the original and at times even more. It reminded me of my childhood all over again and I can’t wait to share it with my kids.
Beauty and the Beast is now playing in theaters everywhere. Be sure to grab your tickets and enjoy during opening weekend. Download the Atom App and earn a $5 gift with you buy two tickets with code BEAUTY.
About Beauty and the Beast:
The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” a live-action adaption on of the studio’s animated classic featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, including: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hattie Morahan and Nathan Mack with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.
Directed by Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. The film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers.