REVIEW| Beauty and the Beast – an Emotional Rollercoaster Tale, Old as Time

Written by Charlotte Hunter

 

Everybody knows this timeless tale of a girl who gets taken hostage by a horrific beast but did anyone forget how emotionally draining the tale really was – because we definitely did. Finally, on Friday the 17th of March 2017, 26 years later from the original, we got to relive the Disney classic through an amazing cast, with Emma Watson in lead role.

If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you arrive at the cinema equipped with tissues and make up remover wipes as when you’re not crying of sadness and heartbreak you’ll find yourself crying with heart-warming happiness

It is unquestionably a film you have to watch in the cinema to get the full cinematic experience and not one you download from home and watch in bed alone, I say this because the beautifully crafted songs can only be totally appreciated when blasted on the cinemas sound system and not through your HP laptop speakers. The songs, alongside the stunningly made costumes make you feel as if you’re watching in a theatre.

A special round of applause needs to be awarded to Emma Watson, Kevin Kline and Luke Evans whose faultless performances undoubtedly stole the show.

45 Minutes longer than the original, the film takes its chance to play on Belles (Emma Watson) relationship with her father (Kevin Kline) And whilst us uni students are working hard on the next chapter of our lives (away from our parents) this part of the movie really hits you in the feels and makes you stop and think about how appreciative you are of having them in your life.

On the contrary, Gaston played perfectly by Luke Evans adds the comedic element to the film with his short one liners adding a sprinkle of light heartedness for the older viewers of the film. On the topic of the audience, I would say this version is definitely one more for the parents and teenagers, rather than the kids! P.S how scarily alike to the cast look to the animation characters.

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It is important to note that the Disney classic even features a gay moment which has caused a lot of controversy. It happens as the characters get together for a big celebration at the end of the film. During a group dance, LeFou starts off dancing with a woman, and then strikes up with the dress-loving henchman. Whilst some wished it were gayer, we are happy that it is being accepted and celebrated; OH WE LOVE THE 21ST CENTURY.

We can’t say that the film was completely faultless as we would have the tiniest bone to pick. So we reach the end of the film just as the beast is about to transform into his old self (the prince). Talk about anti-climax. As the transformation happens we are finally met with the face of Dan Stevens and whilst he is an attractive man, we were kind of looking for someone along the lines of Zac Efron? Channing Tatum? Liam Hemsworth? Ahhh well at least we fancied him more when he was in beast mode.

Overall, the film leaves you feeling immensely happy and lovey dovey and it’s definitely a film you can’t miss. 9/10 from us !!

Generation Z’s Favourite Tweets:

Generation Z Favourite Quotes:

“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.”
– Narrator

“People say a lot of things in anger. It is our choice whether to listen.”
– Mrs. Potts

“LeFou, I’m afraid I’ve been thinking.” “A dangerous pastime.” “I know.” 
– Gaston & LeFou

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