That’s right, you guys knew this post was coming.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ was one of those movies that I was really nervous about when I heard it was going to be done. I thought that it had the potential to be really good or really bad. I can say personally, after having seen it two times already, that it is an incredible adaption. Perhaps not everyone will agree with me, especially with all of the crazy controversy out there, but I thought it was very well done and there was nothing in it that is unsafe for children. It’s just as wonderful as the original and I would love to see it a third time. I’m going to highlight some of the major points that I enjoyed most.
Plot holes cleanly paved over. There were several ‘plot holes’ in the original animation that, as I grew older, made me scratch my head. Was the Beast really 11 years old when he was cursed? How did Mrs. Potts have a son at her age? Where is Belle’s mother? These things are all solved and doesn’t leave you scratching your head, trying to do some serious math. I’m not going to elaborate too much because not only is it spoilery, but a couple people have already touched on this very subject and I don’t want to risk imposing too much on their topic.
Flawless filmography. Everything about the filming and editing was perfection. The shots were so well done and even with all of the singing, I never noticed an editing slip. Everyone working together behind the camera did such a grand job. The scenery was beautiful, the acting was great, and the finished product was, in my opinion, a grand success.
The most amazing casting I’ve ever seen for an adaption. Whoever did the casting for this movie needs about 50% of the profits because holy cow patties. I know some people still aren’t fond of Hermione- I mean, Emma Watson as Belle, but I think it’s a perfect fit. As with many of the other actors, Luke Evans and Josh Gad in particular, not only did they visually match the animated version of themselves, but their voices were spot on. There were many times in the songs that I had to do a double take because it almost sounded like they had pulled straight from the animation. The accuracy was absolutely breath-taking.
Now, I’m sure you’ve all heard the controversy about the ‘gay scene’. If that’s something you have a problem with, please, do not let it deter you from going to see this movie. Unless you’re absolutely looking for it, it’s not something that’s in your face. Sure, it’s there. But you’re really only going to notice if you either want it to be there or if you’re watching desperately in the hopes that it isn’t.
Go see the movie. If you don’t like it, then don’t go see it a second time like I did. At worst, you’re out ten bucks and two hours. At best, you’ll have a new favorite film.
Have a great week, nerd dudes and nerdettes!