“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.” – Narrator
From the adaptation of French fairy tale, La Belle et la Bête, the movie director Bill Condon had successfully showed (even fixed) us the real side of this fairy tale–which is way different than the animated version. This March, I had experienced the remake of this Disney’s animated movie and it really made my childhood vibes grew again in my head. Although the plot is the same as the animated version, I felt like the remake is way ripping than the animated one.
Belle (Emma Watson) is an enchanting girl who lived in a small village, but being called ‘a freak’ by the villagers due to her interest in reading. Although she is ‘a freak’, she is very kind to her father named Maurice (Kevin Kline). When her father got imprisoned by The Beast (Dan Stevens) in an abandon castle, she helped him by replacing him and told him to go back to the village. Not just her father, she is also very kind too to her new friends (the household objects) in castle–especially The Beast. She helped them find a way to break the curse after she knew about the curse. But on the other side, she also felt sorrow after she knew about her mother’s death cause. Belle is an independent woman and inspiring us to be like her. And, Disney chose the right person to play this character–we know that Emma is also an independent woman and inspiring us (e.g. as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador).
Then there was once The ‘Greedy’ Prince, who liked raising taxes and buying all the expensive objects for the castle. After he turned into a hideous beast by the beautiful enchantress, he did not accept his physical appearance and received a magical rose to warn him that he had to learn to love others. If not, he would remain forever in his beast form. Also–an extra condition–The Prince must earned a woman’s love to break the curse.
At his first met with Belle, he could not control his attitudes and always got angry at everything – especially when Belle sneaked into the West Wing and saw the magical rose. But while the story goes, The Prince attitudes suddenly turned 180 degrees–maybe after Belle helped him after he defeated the wolves who attacked Belle. With his new attitudes, he tried to show everything he had in the castle to Belle, especially the library which is Belle’s most favourite place. He also accompanied Belle walking around the castle and played snowball with her. And, the most favourite scene is the dance scene with Belle–which is the most romantic scene along the story goes.
Different from the animated version, before The Prince asked Belle to dance, he already fell in love with her. But, he kept it really quietly before the right time came. Unfortunately, he let Belle to leave the castle and help her father–which made him really heartbroken. But on the other side, he believed that Belle would come back and ask her how she felt about him. His wish came true and Belle loved him and he turned back into human.
Last is Gaston (Luke Evans), a handsome-charismatic hunter – also a former soldier – who live in a same village as Belle. After seeing Belle’s beauty for the first time, he decided to marry her and unfortunately, she refused. But that did not make him stop to find another way to win Belle’s heart. When Belle’s father left, he visited Belle’s house while he deliberately stepped on her vegetables field and made Belle more disappointed with him. “You will never marry me, Gaston!” she said approximately.
Although Belle had already refused his proposal, when Belle’s father came back to the village (to find someone who can save Belle from a hideous beast in the castle), Gaston volunteered to help him finding Belle – in order to propose her again I think. But in the middle of searching, Belle’s father could not find the way that towards the castle and made Gaston disappointed because he had been tricked. When Belle’s father asked Gaston why he helped him, Gaston said that he wanted to propose Belle to be his wife and her father said the same line as Belle before–which made me laughed and felt poor with Gaston.
Felt defeated by both of them–Belle and her father–Gaston’s bad attitudes became more bloom and hit Belle’s father and left him in the woods so he could be eaten by the wolves. When Belle showed The Prince (in a beast form) to the villagers while saving her father, Gaston and the villagers felt threatened so Gaston encouraged the villagers to invade the castle and kill the beast with their own hands. Gaston had nearly killed The Prince (successfully) while one of the castle’s part (where Gaston stood) started crumbling and made him died.
As I had been written before, I really like the remake one than the animated version. In the live action version, more songs released and sang here, and they completely made me really moved–especially “How Does a Moment Last Forever”, “Evermore”, and “Days in the Sun”. They also made the remake version from the animated songs, like “Belle Theme Song”, “Gaston Theme Song”, “Be Our Guest”, “Something There”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “The Mob Song”, and to be honest I really liked hearing those–especially “Gaston Theme Song” and “Be Our Guest” ones.
For its visual, I prefer the live action one because it shows the real side of the fairy tale than the animated version. A nightmarish atmosphere from the beginning until the end of the movie (well, not all of them actually)–I know it is not child-friendly while you can hear many children crying on the cinema. And, like I mentioned before, the movie director had fixed some mistakes from the animated version because it does not make any sense at all. Watch here to see the mistakes.
Overall, this movie makes my mind blown away–I did not expect that the movie will be this good after watching the trailer. I really enjoyed watching this movie and I want to watch this once more since it makes me really moved–especially the songs. I hope you guys also enjoyed watching this movie too. 🙂
Movie Title: Beauty and the Beast
Genre: Musical Romantic Fantasy
Running Time: 129 minutes
Country: The United States
Director: Bill Condon
Narration: Hattie Morahan
Music: Alan Menken
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures & Mandeville Films
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson
Release Date: March 17 2017
ps.: sorry for my bad grammars, guys 🙂