By: Kendra Thornon
After hearing endless praise about this movie, I finally go to see the live action Beauty and the Beast, and I fell in love! When I heard they were doing a live action version of this classic movie I was pretty skeptical, but Emma Watson played such a perfect and charming Belle. And who knew she could sing! I thought she sounded great. I loved Emma Watson as Belle because it must be hard to cast a woman who can convince an audience that she has truly fallen in love with a beast, but I totally bought it. I also loved how Belle seemed like more of a role model and has more agency in this film than in the original. She is an inventor and an avid reader who is genuinely very curious about the world.
I was blown away by Luke Evans’ performance of Gaston. I think that Gaston would usually be a thankless role, but Evans played it so well he might have ended up being my favorite. He was so over the top that I would just laugh at his facial expressions.
Unfortunately some people, mostly parents, did not feel the same way about this movie. I was looking through reviews online and there were so many parents who had basically posted a warning to other parents about a “gay moment” in the film. So what these parents are referring to is the final scene when everyone is dancing in the ballroom, and for a second two men end up dancing together. Honestly, the scene could not have been more subtle, and it’s sad that this would take away from the brilliance of this movie for some people.
The soundtrack for this movie is also amazing. The two new songs written for the movie are perfect, especially Celine Dion’s new song and Ariana Grande and John Legend’s duet of “Beauty and the Beast”
Whoever has seen this movie, what did you think? Did you like it? I’d love to know! And if you haven’t, go see it!