{Movie Madness} Beauty & The Beast (2017)

Posted April 5, 2017 by Bee in Memes & Features / 9 Comments

Movie Madness is Bee & Effie’s feature in which they discuss movies. Obviously. Because they both love going out to the cinema and watch a movie together and wanted to share their thoughts on the movies they see. This month, after years of agonizing wait, they finally got to see the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Was it worth the wait?

Directed by Bill Condon
Screenplay by Steven Chbosky & Evan Spiliotopoulos
Music by Alan Menken
Based on Disney’s Beauty & The Beast and Beauty and the Beast
by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thomson & others

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

Initial Thoughts

Bee: My initial thoughts when the film ended were a bit like this… I can’t even right now. I’m drained emotionally and so happy and I just need to sit here and let this sink in. Also why can’t I stop smiling?

Effie: I.WAS.A.MESS! At the ending the floodworks just opened and didn’t close until I went to bed. I was just so happy and emotional with all the memories that came flooding in during the entire movie. It was just so worth seeing!

Let’s Discuss!

The Story & Stuff

Bee: I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out since the day they announced it years ago. Beauty and the Beast, the animated version, is my all-time favorite movie ever. And everything I had heard about this version made me SO excited, my expectations were through the roof. From the crew to the cast to the posters and trailers… everything was perfect and oh god if this movie failed… I would rage and cry and rage some more. And then sob while watching the animated version wondering how they screwed this up. BUT luckily they did not! This live action remake was perfect. And as a huge fan of the original animated version, I can honestly say I think they did it justice. And I loved the stuff they added to it! However beautiful the live action version is, it left us with some questions. And this movie answered them! I loved that. They stayed true to the story and the themes while also expanding it a bit. PERFECT. And it was SO very much worth the long, long wait. Right, Effie?

Effie: I COMPLETELY AGREE!! And while Beauty & the Beast (animated version) was not my all-time favourite (that title belongs to The Little Mermaid for me) it did always end in my Disney top 3 when I was a child. I can’t even remember how many times I’ve watched the animated version. But yes, totally agree that Disney did everything in their power to stay as true to the animated  version as possible, with also some incredible new content. And as Bee said, this movie gave us the answers we asked ourselves when we watch the animated movie. And it was oh so worth the wait. I would wait all over again for this piece of perfection that Disney gave us.

Bee: Now, before we go more in depth about all the other things… There was a lot of chatter going on before the movie when they announced LeFou being gay. And I told myself not to get upset or anything and wait until I saw the movie and THEN judge. And I’m so happy I did because in my opinion there was NOTHING to be upset about. They handled it beautifully and I think it added a lot to the movie and the story. What do you think, Effie?

Effie: I think Josh Gad did an amazing job putting down LeFou on screen, gay or not. I 100% agree with Bee that there was absolutely nothing to be upset about. It was well acted, tasteful and yes, Bee it did add a certain je ne sais quoi to the movie.

Cast & Characters

Bee: Perfect. No other words for it. I’ve been saying from the start that the casting for this movie couldn’t have been better if they tried. Everyone was perfect in their role and I couldn’t imagine anyone else as Belle than Emma Watson. Though I have to say my favorites were Lumière and LeFou. Lumière was just such a fun character and I loved him even more than I did in the animated version. And LeFou, as I said, had some changes in his personality and I LOVED it. I almost want to see a spin-off movie about him. I loved him that much. But everyone was perfect really. Dan Stevens was the perfect Beast. He added humor to the role and I LOVED IT. So much depth too. And Luke Evans was made to play Gaston. He stole every scene he was in, honestly. Perfect. All the love.

Effie: … Seriously? Do I need to add anything else that Bee hasn’t said before? This movie was just perfection. Emma Watson was the perfect Belle and her acting was amazing. And Luke Evans!!! OMP, I  cannot believe how amazing well he played Gaston. I have to say I found Cogsworth to be much more entertaining than in the animated movie, I liked him so much better now. But then again I hold a deep love for Ian McKellen’s acting skills and voice acting.

Costume & Set Design

Bee: I just wanted to add this to the post because the costumes and sets really deserve it. Everything looked SO beautiful and I really think they deserve an Oscar nod for all of it. Especially Belle’s iconic yellow dress. WANT.

Effie:  I WANT THAT DRESS!!! Like for real, I will be getting meself that dress for Halloween this year, because HAVE YOU SEEN THAT GORGEOUS DESIGN??????? Not the mention the settings and all the other costumes. Everything was just so beautiful and well made. And GAH IT LOOKED SO REAL!!!

The Music

Bee: Well, of course we have to talk about the music. Obviously. And what can I say other than that it was perfect? Alan Menken came back for the music and the score and they took a lot from the original movie and I LOVED that. It was so nostalgic and yes, it made me cry. I cried several times during this movie just because I was so happy at how good a job they did with everything. The first time was with Be Our Guest, which looked stunning. Then obviously I cried again with Beauty and The Beast because MY CHILDHOOD. And then another time with Beast’s new original song Evermore, which I’ve been listening to on a loop for weeks now, just FYI. AND of course the ending. Which I won’t spoil. But TEARS. ALL THE HAPPY TEARS.

Effie: .Right now everytime I heard Beauty and the Beast, I’m just a hot mess. That song still to this day pull at my heartstrings and has me bawling like a child. Be Our Guest was so beautiful in this live action movie, I could barely believe they actually pulled it off. But they did! And it looks amazing! Of course I also hold a great fondness for Belle (Reprise), because I just love the part where she just completely rejects the idea of being Gaston’s wife. And yes, I have to admit Beast’s original song that they did put in this live action, was great. So raw and emotional and brought me this close to tears.

Quick Five

Bee

Favorite character: Lumière!
Favorite song: Evermore, no doubt.
Biggest surprise: How well they handled LeFou!
Biggest disappointment: That they didn’t drop Beast’s name (Adam)
Animated or Live Action: Oehhh… It’s superclose but I think I might prefer this version a BIT more? Because it answered a lot of questions I had from the animated version and the Beast’s song Evermore.

Effie

Favorite character: LeFou
Favorite song: Beauty and the Beast, still my favourite
Biggest surprise: Agatha and like Bee, how LeFou was represented on screen.
Biggest disappointment: None really, I can’t think of a single disappointment right now.
Animated or Live Action: Live Action, definitely. I’ll never look at Beauty & the Beast the same way ever again. Also the new content answered so many unanswered questions I had.

To Conclude

Bee: This highly anticipated live action remake of Beauty and the Beast was definitely worth the wait AND it lived up to all my expectations and then some. It was perfect and beautiful and I cried and I want to see it again about a billion times until I know every line of the movie from the top of my head. Now I must go cry again whilst listening to Evermore for the millionth time.

Effie: I cried like a baby, especially when the ending credits rolled. The long wait for this remake was definitely worth every agonizing second until its release. It was gorgeous, beautiful with a wonderful cast that exceeded all my expectations. And you can damn well bet that I’ll also be rewatching this movie a thousands times over once I get my hands on a DVD copy. For now I bid you adieu and bonsoir!

Watch the trailer!

Have you seen the movie? If so, what are your thoughts on it? If not, do you want to? Let us know in the comments!

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9 responses to “{Movie Madness} Beauty & The Beast (2017)

  1. Pamela
    Twitter:

    Haha, I agree with you so much! I loved the movie, and I would even dare say I like it more than the animated. It’s like they took the original version of the story, took Disney’s animated version, and then everything everyone’s been saying about it for years, mixed it and got the best possible result!

  2. Nathan

    I have not seen this movie yet, but I am considering it. My favorite Disney film is The Lion King, animated.

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