Friday, March 17, 2017
Beauty and the Beast Review: Truly A Tale As Old As Time
As expected Beauty and the Beast centers on Belle(Emma Watson): a village girl who doesn't fit in and seeks an adventure in her life. Adventure eventually finds Belle after her father, Maurice(Kevin Kline), goes missing. Belle's search takes her to an enchanted castle where a cursed Beast(Dan Stevens) has imprisoned her father. Without hesitation Belle takes her father's place as the Beast's prisoner; although she has no intention remaining in her tough predicament. Eventually Belle meets the castle's residents including Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) and Mrs.Potts(Emma Thompson) whom warm to the girl very quickly. The castle's servants plan to get Belle and Beast together in order to break the spell; but their scheme is unnecessary as,after spending time together, the two strangers form a connection that could break the curse.
If you have seen the 1991 classic then odds are you know how this tale plays out. However in cases such as this it is not about the what but rather the how; and when it comes to the new Beauty and the Beast's plot, it was stellar in its delivery. The story holds true to the plot points and themes of the original, but that is not to say that is interpretation does not explore new details in this fairytale. The plot does have goes into new areas, such as Belle's past, as well as change some things around like Gaston's(Luke Evans) arc, and I found that these changes only made the story stronger in its presentation. If there was one issue I had with the plot it was its sense of pacing which I found to be a bit inconsistent. While plot points such as the love story was handled well, there were times where I thought the story's execution could be abrupt as it jump quickly from one scene to the next making it difficult to really enjoy the moment at hand. Yet despite its pacing, the story of this live action adaptation remained to be a touching homage to the fairytale that found away to set itself from its animated predecessor.
It may not have the impact as the 1991 film but that certainly did not stop Beauty and the Beast from being an enchanting film. While it had some issues in its delivery, the likes of story, characters and music gave this adaptation the right presentation to be both a homage and a solid film. It is because of these reasons I believe that Beauty and the Beast is the most engaging of the live action Disney films as it shows that this iconic story truly is a tale as old as time.