5 Reasons Why I Enjoyed Beauty and the Beast (2017)
I have to confess I was one of the skeptics who doesn’t really believe Beauty and the Beast will be a tremendous success. I watched the animated version as a kid and I liked it but nothing exceptional. I was not excited to watch the live-action adaptation in the theater despite the teasers all over social media. It was pure boredom on a Sunday afternoon that pushed me to ask the husband to go to the mall and watch whatever we felt like watching when we get there.
At that time, four theaters were screening Beauty and the Beast so off we go after a good hearty lunch. Going inside the cinema with no expectations, I went out humming and smiling, satisfied that my time was well-spent. Let me give you 5 reasons why this live-action Beauty and the Beast is worth your time.
1. It demonstrated and taught good values we all can live by
This is one movie you can confidently bring your children to and not worry about anything that could corrupt or negatively impact their moral compass.
It showed the love, respect and strong bond between family members. I loved that Belle openly expressed her love and respect for her father and how her father expressed his desire to always protect and wanted the best for his daughter.
It highlighted that being different is not a bad thing. In this day and age when we constantly feel the pressure to conform and be just like everyone else, this movie reminded us that it is okay to be unique, and that we just have to learn to respect each other’s individuality.
It reminded us not to look at outward appearances. The prince learned this lesson the hard way although this also worked well for him in the end.
The story also underlined some vital characteristics of true love; it is not selfish and self-seeking, that it seeks the good of the one we love.
Overall, good moral values we all can live by even as adults.
[singing] I want adventure in the great-wide somewhere, I want it more than I can tell... And for once it might be grand to have someone understand, I want so much more than they've got planned!— Belle
2. We got to know the main characters more intimately
Unlike in the animated version where we only got to know a tad bit about the characters, this adaptation plunged a bit deeper and showed the more intimate side and motivations of the characters. Who they really are as a person and why they act the way they do.
Belle was an inventor, a bookworm and a dreamer. She had her own way of doing things which made her different from the other young ladies in the village. Belle’s father was shown as an artist and not just the “old and crazy Maurice”. And the beast, despite his ill temper, had a romantic side who actually enjoys romance novels. These simple touch ups in the story actually made the characters more endearing.
3. It is almost the same as the animated version except of some teeny weeny details that absolutely made a difference
First, I’ve mentioned above that this version dove a bit deeper and revealed more about the main characters. Belle was an inventor and Maurice was not just an old and crazy person but a free-spirited artist hence clarifying their actions and motivations.
Backstories were also told. It revealed what happened to Belle’s mother and why she was no longer with her family. Showing her side of the story again highlighted the love between family members; how much Belle’s parents loved her and sacrificed for her. Similarly, it exposed how the prince was corrupted and became a wicked person that he is before he ended up being cursed by the enchantress.
Changes were also made on some characters. In the animated version, Chip had brothers and sisters but in this film, Chip was an only child. This made his family’s reunion a bit more emotional and endearing. The enchantress was also a character all throughout the film, observing and aware of everything that’s going on, and not just someone who had an appearance at the beginning of the story.
4. This is one effective story-telling.
Special shout-out to the film crew, from director Bill Condon who successfully oversaw the whole production to the staff who made even the little things happen, for a job well done. Though not faultless, they have absolutely made an amazing job bringing one of our favorite Disney princesses to life.
From the very beginning up until the end, the elaborate and intricate details of the setting was astonishing and definitely deserves to be commended. I particularly liked the elaborate details and little touches made all throughout the village setting and the beast’s castle. I enjoyed the effective directing that made sure those little things were not ignored. There were some scenes that could have been presented better but in entirety, l still very good.
As for the cinematography, I liked how the camera techniques were utilized to convey the emotions and sentiments of the characters. It was absolutely noteworthy. It was a personal favorite when the beast was singing and pouring his heart out while watching Belle going farther and farther from him on her way to her father. That was one emotional sequence where the camera shots effectively conveyed the depth of how the beast felt at that very moment; broken.
How Does A Moment Last Forever (Music Box)
5. I fell in love with the sound track.
Comparable to the animated version, this live-action film is a musical so great music is one of the basic expectations. And indeed, it did not disappoint! Alan Menken and team did a great job. The songs were beautifully delivered that it had me on the first 10-15 minutes of the movie. It was engaging, entertaining and heart-filled. There were even changes made from the original version which only made the musical experience more unforgettable. Here are some of my favorites.
When director Bill Condon first spoke to Disney about adapting Beauty and the Beast (1991), they actually weren't sure they were going to do this new version as a musical. Condon said, "With all due respect, I think you're crazy. The songs are too good. You're going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action "Beauty and the Beast" and not do 'Be Our Guest'?"