Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Direction: Bill Condon
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald
Music: Alan Menken
Cinematographer: Tobias Schliessler
Editor: Virginia Katz
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Musical
What is it about: It’s a live-action remake of 1991 Disney’s animated film of the same name. This remake is directed by Bill Condon.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: Disney are the masters of re-creating magic through live action, and this one is no different which was perfectly packaged with flamboyant style and technology. We’ve seen the animated version years back, but this new version just rehashed everything in a grandeur way. The film was filled with great joy, and elegance.
The best part of the film was the cast, which was aptly chosen. Emma Watson was a refreshing choice, and she did that with grace. She brought a great flavour to the character, which the audience favoured with great love.
Dan Stevens who played the Beast and the Prince, was a fantastic performer. So was Luke Evans as Gaston, who was wicked with his side kick Josh Gad as Lou.
Live action adaptation from an animation definitely requires a depth and it was rendered with great finesse. The VFX was realistic and was smooth, it was not on your face, but was tastefully created. IMAX was icing on the cake, it literally takes you in to the film, and puts you at the centre of magical creatures. Especially the scene, where “Belle” is being wooed by the magical creatures during the first night at the castle. That was perfectly enveloped with a perfect sound design.
The cinematography by Tobias Schliessler was delectable, and the edit was seamless by Virginia Katz. Alan Menken’s music was a high point in the film.
Verdict: Bill Condon, did a fantastic job in recreating the animation in to live action, which was gracefully performed by the entire cast. The animation was seamless with technical brilliance. Don’t miss this one, and if possible catch this one on IMAX for a perfect immersive experience.