Just in case you haven’t read my blog before (if you haven’t welcome) I will start off by saying I am a big fan of the original Disney animation version of Beauty and the Beast. Before the film came out I watched all the trailers that kept appearing and wasn’t too sure how I felt about it in particular Mrs Potts and Chip who I love in the original. This being said, I booked tickets for the release date to see this at the cinema and didn’t read a reviews before hand. Here is my honest opinion …
So first of all I have to mention the new seats at Peterborough Showcase cinema, they are so comfy and they recline. I definitely feel like having these nice chairs adds to the experience. We had booked our seats online, I choose near the back at the end. Due to going on the opening day we ended up going to the 9pm showing as the earlier ones were pretty much full. Going later worked out well as there was less kids and mainly just adults who like me were reliving their childhood.
Now I was very concerned about Emma Watson playing Belle as in my mind she was still the girl from Harry Potter. In my opinion throughout the whole film you could tell that Emma’s voice had been auto tuned particularly in the first song which is a real shame as I love the songs that Belle sings. In regards to acting though I think Emma did a great job, it would of been better if they had got a singer to do the songs and she just mimed. As spotted by someone else it does look like her dress is caught in her knickers at the start of the film, I thought it was just me who had this thought but chuckled when I read it online.
Now I was even more concerned about the servants from the trailer as I thought the tea pot and chip looked a little strange. But actually it kinda worked, don’t get me wrong I still love the original Mrs Potts and Chip ( I even have a Chip cup from Florida, which you probably already know if you have read my Florida haul). I think the reason it worked was the actors who really embraced the original characters. There is also the addition of an organ which was not in the original, to be honest I don’t think it added much to the story but at the same time it didn’t ruin it. One of the main difference between this version and the original is that you get to see what the servants looked like at the start before they got turned into household items. This allowed you to get an idea about the character behind the voice which I thought was a nice touch.
One character I loved in this version more than the original was Gaston’s side check Le Fou, Josh Gad played this character so well. In the live action version of Beauty and the Beast its clear from the beginning that Le Fou has a crush on Gaston which is clear by his sarcastic comments. I think this a good addition to the story and had me laughing on more than one occasion. I am unsure that children would get this, I think this more for the adults (which there were plenty of in the viewing I went to see).
I was very glad to see that most of the original songs were included in the live action version, however there was a few new songs which I actually quiet liked. My favourite song from the original is “Be our Guest” now although the live action version was good I don’t think it was better than the original. Hearing the original songs made me smile and think back to my childhood when I use to watch Beauty and the beast and sing along. I will definitely be purchasing the soundtrack to go with this live action version of Beauty and the Beast.
Rating out of Ten
I would give this film a 7 out 10 due to making me laugh and smile. It took me right back to my childhood although in my eyes it will never beat the original animated version. However I do think they have done a fantastic job of re-doing a classic film for a new generation of Disney fans. If you have never seen the original you will most likely think this is a great film especially for kids. It is a great way to get the younger generation to become fans of some of the Disney classics but I much prefer the animated version. I understand that Disney is re-making some more of the Disney Classics into live action films which I am not sure how I feel about it. In my eyes Disney should be animated, that’s how it all began and that’s how it should of remained.