Sometimes you just have to be the one with the unpopular opinion. It happens to me more often than I’d like! But I’m not afraid to express mine, and one of them happened to be that I wasn’t particularly excited about the remake of “Beauty and the Beast”. It seemed that once Emma Watson was cast, with her perfect Disney princess look, everyone and their mom was on board with rebooting a classic. I was a little more skeptical. I’ve never been a massive fan of Watson’s (despite being a hardcore Potter fanatic), though she is perfectly serviceable and just so gosh darn adorable. I was excited about much of the rest of the cast, as well as the prospect of new musical numbers. But the original animated film is such a lovely work of art and cinema that I wasn’t sure a live action remake would work. And while it’s not a perfect movie, I’m happy to say that I did enjoy it.
While there’s not a ton of new stuff here, we do get some more Beast & Belle back story which is nice, and the Beast himself is a much more well thought out and explained character. I greatly enjoyed his arc much more in this version; his new song “Evermore” is hauntingly beautiful and is a perfect showcase for how far the Beast has come in his patience, acceptance of his fate, and his love for Belle. It’s a beautiful part of the story and nice to see him actually have more screen time.
It did look gorgeous and should easily score some costume/production design nods at the Oscars. Everyone’s singing was actually awesome, and Dan Stevens, despite being CGI’d to oblivion, actually gave more to his character than most others in the movie (as previously stated in my rambling love for the Beast). Watson is just fine here, though again she seems to have a problem with appearing genuine at all times instead of slightly awkward. But she’s cute as a button and a very talented vocalist. Additionally, Luke Evans is perfect casting as Gaston and was awesome to watch. Overall an enjoyable experience, and one I’m glad I gave a chance.