The animated version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been my favorite princess movie since it’s release. I was very excited to hear that Disney was making a live-action version.
My daughter and I were invited to attend a screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this week. We were so excited for the movie, that we drove to Troy for the screening – on a school night.
Our Thoughts on the Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
We loved the movie and definitely recommend seeing it. I loved how it stayed true to the storyline from the animated movie. Belle’s costumes looked so similar to the animated version, yet with their own details. I am so glad that this film was made as a musical. It just would not have been Beauty and the Beast without Be Our Guest, Beauty and the Beast, or Belle.
It was a bit disconcerting though to watch a movie for the first time and already know what was going to come next. There are a few deviations from the animated version, but most of them add to the story. In this film Maurice (Kevin Kline) is an artist more than an inventor. Maurice’s art centers on Belle’s mother with paintings and music boxes from when Belle was a baby and her mother was alive. In this movie, Belle eventually learns how her mother died. You also see the origin of her love of roses.
Age Recommendation for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is rated PG. I don’t recommend the movie for preschoolers. As a live-action film, it comes across a bit darker than the animated version. As we left, my daughter commented that the movie suddenly got dark in one scene. Yes, the scene was a little darker in tone than the rest of the movie. But, it was funny to hear that scene described as dark by my daughter who is currently reading the Hunger Games series which is much darker.
About Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
The final movie trailer is below:
Learn more about the movie below:
The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.