by Morgan Marko – News Editor
Tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast is definitely not a new story line. The live action film is a re-creation of the 1991 original cartoon, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. The newly released film is adorned with glitz, fresh costume designs, and a wonderfully creative setting.
Say goodbye to the animation and say hello to Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. The casting might have been the worst part of the film. Dan Stevens did the hairy beast justice, although straying from the popular opinion, Emma Watson fell a bit short, her performance was mediocre and her voice was about as electronic as the most recent Kidz Bop album. All around, she just really did not scream Belle to me, another actress could have done the beauty just as well. Though there were a few characters who were cast perfectly, such as the ever-so-muscular, Luke Evans for Gaston, and although Josh Gad’s character Lefou (whom was announced as Disney’s first openly gay character) wasn’t exactly a dancing rainbow flag, he sure redeemed himself in the end.
The setting definitely hit the target when it comes to elegance. There were about 84 chandeliers in the ballroom, talk about over achievement. Aside from the ballroom, the whole setting seemed to have some-what of an animated feel, it all seemed too beautiful to be reality. The designers looked even farther past the setting and dug into some lighting work. Throughout the film, lights played a key role in portraying the magical atmosphere. With purples, greens, blue and many more colored lights.
Though Beauty and the Beast may have been a re-make, the film managed to sneak in a few significant changes, such as the song, Evermore, sung by Dan Stevens. This song was a wonderful addition to the list of masterpieces and happened to be the one stuck in my head for hours after watching the movie. On top of the music, a few of the characters were given deeper backstories, such as Belle’s mother and the Beast himself. One extremely vital change that had a negative effect was how hard it was to decipher the different personalities expressed by the intimate objects, Lumiere had so much more personality in the animation. Where as in the film the only thing I can vividly remember is about the fiery candle stick was the smooching and PDAing displayed all over the feather duster.
All in all, the movie was definitely something worth watching, though I wouldn’t go as far to say it was remarkable. All the hype building it up the movie might have been what killed the it in the end. Although the film was refreshing and the songs were beautifully written, there wasn’t much that really made memorable, it was a mediocre resurrection of a classic Disney tale and was not much more than that.