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As everyone understands, I’m a sucker for musicals. In addition, the 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney cartoon film. So it could have been hard for Disney to mess up this live-action remake for me. Disney tried anyway, but I loved the film still.
Disney proceeded to go wrong very early. The introductory pre-Belle sequence is good quite, but Emma Watson begins to sing then. I used to be impressed with Watson’s performance, which removed the doubts I had formed had about the casting choice. But Watson’s singing skills are not up to Disney’s standards apparently, because it noticed fit to autotune her tone of voice. This was a significant disappointment for all of us.
Either cast a singer for the role or go with what you have (e.g. Les Miserables, La La Land, both which made my top two films of the entire year), but don’t use autotune. We worry about a future where actors and songs will be entirely computer-generated – a very scary thought. Then you have the question of the necessity to make a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast at all. Or the question of whether Beauty and the Beast is a live-action film really.
Almost all the character types in the castle are CGI, with voices provided from a audio booth, like in the animated version just. So one could argue that this new Beauty and the Beast is half-animated. The CGI is outstanding, as you would expect from Disney, but there’s an excessive amount of it rather. Plus some of the castle’s CGI characters grated on me (e.g. Madame Garderobe). Therefore the underlying cynical question of if the new film is only a guaranteed way for the wealthiest studio in the world to make another hill of money is a very real one for us. The brand new Beauty and the Beast is a full 45 minutes longer than the original.
For us, this is only justifiable with the addition of a lot more singing. There were some new songs, and we enjoyed all of them, however they don’t take up anywhere near plenty of time to justify that 45 minutes. It’s hard to sustain the magic of the story for 129 minutes and a number of scenes fall flat, making the film feel long too. That all sounds pretty bad, but, like I said, I liked the new Beauty and the Beast quite. Alan Menken’s music (songs and score) is superb throughout, with excellent lyrics compiled by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
The acting is normally very good, with the likes of Emma Thompson, Ian McKellan, Ewan Kevin and McGregor Kline joining Watson, who injects Belle with exactly the right amount of pluck and intelligence. Dan Stevens is good as the Luke and Beast Evans and Josh Gad are well-cast as Gaston and LeFou. The cinematography is outstanding, though a lot of it was CGI too. And Bill Condon’s direction is solid, if not as inspired as I might like. And then of course there’s the controversial scene concerning LeFou’s sexual orientation, which is hardly controversial for me.
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The best reasons for having this remake of Beauty and the Beast are the new tracks and scenes that made me momentarily neglect that I got seen this film often before. There continues to be some magic here, literally in the case of the existence of Agathe, the Enchantress (Hattie Morahan). Only if it might have been suffered a little much longer (i.e. with more singing, as I suggested earlier). I’ve seen or listened to. My mug up is.
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