Review: Beauty and the Beast

First I want to say that Emma Watson is one of my favorite actresses. She was my favorite character in Harry Potter. This story of Beauty and the Beast is a bit different  from the original but I think it adds more character to the movie. This new version is a lot fuller and has more meat in it. The original will always be my favorite but this one gives more history to it’s main characters. The performances are amazing which helped this story come to life. The beast was terrifyingly perfect compared to others who have played the role (I’m referring to the horrible performance by Jay Ryan in the series ). The sets and the costumes are all beautifully crafted. They’ve created an immersive world that takes me back to my childhood. Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie as a child and is still my favorite today.

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The reason why this movie doesn’t replace the original as my favorite version is Emma Watson’s performance. I really thought she was going to do a fantastic job but it was quite the opposite. She didn’t really know how to sing. Every other singer was wonderful (aside from Kevin Kline, but he did great even though he didn’t know how to sing). Watson was stiff and awkward, especially while singing. It was a little painful to watch. It even sounded like they had to correct her voice in some songs. Her songs didn’t move me when they should have. Watson definitely fit the part of Belle. Her beauty and charm are there but this is a musical and you really need to have it all (or have your singing voice dubbed like Deborah Kerr’s performance in The King and I).

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I’m probably being harsh with my review but Beauty and the Beast is a classic. I’m being more critical because I love this story. Belle is not your typical Disney princess who needs saving. She is sort of the hero in this story and she makes it special. I wish they had chosen more carefully but what’s done is done. Hopefully they will make another with a better casting of Belle.

Audience: PG
Satisfaction Factor: 7
Acting: 9
Story: 10
Direction: 10
Would I recommend: Yes

*Note: Based on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best you could get in a category.

 

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