Wow! Is all I can say about “Beauty and the Beast”. I know there has been a controversy over LeFou being openly gay but that is really silly. Although LeFou is effeminate, it is not so obvious that the kids or adults in the audience will ever notice. If you aren’t looking for homosexual overtures, you probably won’t see them. What you will notice is this star-packed film with fabulous sets, wonderful music, and unbelievable costumes.
“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 and soul of the true Prince within.
Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame leads an all star cast as Belle, Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” stars as the Beast. Academy Award® winner Kevin Kline is Belle’s father, Maurice; Josh Gad is Lefou,; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci plays Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Academy Award nominee Ian McKellen plays Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. Nathan Mack is Mrs. Potts’s son, Chip.
I loved Emma Watson in this role. Although she is older than the age of Belle in the original film, it makes more sense for Belle to be older than sixteen if she is going to happy ever after with the Prince. Dan Stevens is so darn good looking, it is so sad that he spends 90% of the movie as an ugly beast. Oh, well.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” ’
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” stays true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and Academy Award winner Tim Rice.
As I stated before, the costumes are magnificent. Belle wears a yellow ballgown that is prettier than anything I saw at the Academy Awards. If I were going to walk the red carpet, I think I would contact someone who does costume design for films and forget the Parisian or New York designers.
“Beauty and the Beast” is a film for the whole family. Do not miss this film. It opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and Jerseyville Stadium.