Beauty and the Beast is back and this time it’s alive and kicking. For those of you who have been living in a cave for the past couple of decades, we’re talking about a Disney classic here and as such, I don’t take lightly any attempt at remaking it. But I have to say, the 2017 live-action/CGI-animated version certainly does justice to one of our most beloved childhood films.
Let’s start with the casting. First we have the lovely Emma Watson. We all know her as Hermione from the Harry Potter film series. And that might be a problem. It’s incredibly hard to break away from your original type casting, especially considering it was such a success. Staring in Beauty and the Beast might just be here chance to gain her individuality and diversity back. True, she is going for a similar genre, but it seems to me like a smooth transition. Also Dan Stevens, who is not the most well-known actor out there, is a good choice. His almost anonymity makes him just perfect to play the man behind the Beast.
If there’s one movie that’s actually worth watching in 3D these days, it’s this one. I already mentioned CGI, and let me just say that it’s absolutely fantastic seeing the kettle, feather duster, the pendulum clock (etc.), whom we only knew in their hand-drawn version, come to life and dance all around your seat.
The one thing that bothers me is the music. The original Beauty and the Beast song was a 1991 a duet by Céline Dion Peabo Bryson which rightfully won a Grammy. The 2017 film has a remake of the song, performed exactly the same way only not as good. If you’re not going to make anything new, then why change the original to begin with?
Nevertheless, the film is great and it has the box office to prove it. Since its release it has already grossed over $1 billion worldwide, and became the 22nd highest-grossing films of all time. All in all, a great film for all you fantasy/Disney lovers.