By Charlotte Beasley
Tale as old as 1740, song as old as 1991 but Beauty and the Beast is still just as magical as ever.
I went into the cinema with low expectations with the original animation being one of my favourites but I was pleasantly surprised with this live action adaptation. The music really brings this film to life with some new refreshing songs joining the old classics that everyone loves. The Beast’s dramatic solo however was a bit too cheesy for tone of the film but it didn’t stop me from liking it.
Emma Watson gave a fantastic performance as Belle despite her vocals being slightly autotuned but not in a bad way. She took the already strong minded Belle and made her even stronger which works perfectly for this modern age view on the character.
Some of the casting could have been better as they noticeably took some big named actors to make the film more popular. Ewan McGregor, a very Scottish actor, trying to talk and sing whilst putting on a French accent as Lumiere didn’t work very well. It took away some of the excitement of the ‘Be our Guest’ number. They did make up for this with a visually stunning dinner sequence yet my mind couldn’t help but wish for the original Lumiere.
The star of the show was Luke Evans playing Gaston, the vain and selfish character who wants to marry Belle. Luke Evans gave a memorable performance, reflecting the original animated character that everyone loved and hated at the same time. The performance of ‘Gaston’ in the tavern was by far one of my favourite in this adaptation with Le fou also living up to expectations as Gaston’s sidekick.
The film stayed true to the original storyline, so much so that you could almost picture the animation over the top. The director, Bill Condon did add some little stories that increased the films running time by 45 minutes but these scenes answered some of the questions we have had since 1991.
Overall the film will never be the original but it was most certainly an enjoyable and entertaining recreation that I will be sure to watch again.