We Need to Talk about Beauty and The Beast

For the last 26 years, Beauty and the Beast has been one of Disney’s greatest animated films. Now, with the live-action movie coming out in… wait for it… 15 DAYS, it still feels like the classic movie coming back after a time away. From the very first trailer you are given a visually stunning retelling of the magical story that came out when I was just 1-year-old. I can still remember the first time I watched it: we popped the videotape into the VCR, I was sitting on my 101 Dalmatians chair and then the opening scene, I was hooked. I don’t know how many times I rewatched it that day or over the years but it is easily my favourite Disney movie of all time. I have probably bugged the hell out of people with how much I have talked about the live-action coming out, daily.

The first glimmer of true feelings from Belle towards the Beast. ‘Something More’ brings a hope to how the relationship began. Hearing Emma Watson sing it, my heart lightened. I was beyond happy to hear it, to see the scene in the snow. I have never been more excited. I hate that I keep tormenting myself with watching each little clip… but I can’t help it!

Bonjour! Bonjour!

Did you catch it? The nod towards Harry Potter… hmm… didyah? I sure did, even before all the internet hype. A nod towards Neville and the remembrall, bravo Emma!

The fact that Emma got to work alongside the writers to change the script on Belle is fascinating. Belle never fit into her small provincial town and now it all makes sense why. Beyond wanting to see the world and experience things that weren’t available to her, Belle is now the wacky inventor and not her father. It is so on point it hurts. She has big ambitions and she has the nerve, despite the towns whispers, to broaden her own horizons. Gaston feeds on the towns suspicions of Belle which will, obviously, lead into the ‘Mob Song’ when they go after the Beast.

Oh, Gaston! He definitely is the worst, and I mean the WORST! Luke Evans brings that charismatic, egotistical man to life in the best way. It is evident that he got Gaston down pat with his charming air, preening himself and sheer smugness. Gaston knows he is good-looking and it feeds his ego every second. Josh Gad, can we give him a round of applause as well? My word, Lefou has never looked so good! I am glad, although it isn’t necessary, that they made him gay. As Bill Condon stated:

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings,” Condon says. “And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

They have redeveloped the characters and are only making it more iconic, more of a classic that will be able to live on. Not only in its animated form but also in its live-action revamp.

“Come, come, show me the smile,” the reaction from Lumiere, from all of the household items, is reactionary. You actually can connect with them on a different level. The accents, the play on words from old and new, the CGI: it is all perfect. Now, I know, I am biased but it is. I am thoroughly excited about this movie. I cannot wait.

Now, stop teasing me Disney. Let time be sped up and the 17th be here already!

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