I was given passes to preview this movie and write a review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.
I was about 8 years old when the original Beauty and the Beast came out. Don’t do the math. My family and I fell in love with the classic and I knew all the songs. So, when a remake was announced, I was excited. Not only would I get to share the version I grew up watching with my children, but we’d also be able to enjoy another together.
If you haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast at all, shame on you! No I’m kidding. But if you haven’t, here is the basic synopsis:
Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.
How can I explain how much I LOVED this movie! It totally brought me back to my childhood. I found myself singing the songs (which isn’t completely frowned upon) and swaying as they sang. I loved that it was something I could share with my husband.
I think Emma Watson was a great Belle. She brought out some of my favorite elements of the movie and made them her own. I don’t know about you, but I always hated Gaston. Thank you, Luke Evans, for reminding me I still do. I don’t want to be you, Gaston. Love Emma Thompson and Mrs. Potts. And I have to say: I love Audra Mcdonald’s voice. I’m glad they found a place for her.
I think the movie stayed pretty close to the original movie, with a couple of small things changed. Nothing that made the movie completely different which I loved. And if you are wondering: Yes, I would take my children to see the movie. Nothing in the movie would keep me from sharing this with them.
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