It only seems fair to watch this over the amount of advertisements everywhere. First, the selling point to go see the movie was actress, Emma Watson, playing as Belle. Second, the imagination that comes with the effects that the movie will have with the moving, talking – living furniture. Lastly, if the live film would retain Beauty and the Beast’s Disney cartoon movie.
Let’s start with the main character, Belle.
Bringing all the hype to all Harry Potter fans, Hermione Granger did well as Belle. Although I would have pegged this Disney princess to be tougher and less feminine than the other princesses, I would have preferred her not being super tomboy-ish on screen. When Emma started singing, it was nice. She wasn’t bad and she looked beautiful. I would’ve loved the song had it not been for the slouching and awkward standing posture. I still loved Emma through the movie though. I can only find a short clip of the live movie. See below versions of the song “Little Town”
The Beast was great as a beast. I didn’t know who the actor was, really. When Beast transformed into his human form, surprisingly, he looked like the cartoon. [His name is Dan Stevens.]
I prefer him like this rather than his fixed-up prince look. The weird hair doesn’t do the real hair justice.
The best casting, I would have to say, was Gaston played by Luke Evans. It was as if the character was pulled out of the 1991 film.
All in all, the film was great. Some parts were added in and removed in Belle’s background story, but the portrayal of the live-action movie to the 1991 film was outstanding.
Just an added bonus, a 360 view video of Lumiere singing “Be Our Guest.”