A remake as old as remakes?
“Beauty and the Beast” is directed by Bill Condon and it is the live-action adaptation of the classic Disney animated film of the same name which was based on a French fairytale. First of all, in order to talk more in depth about this version I have to keep referring myself to the original because they are basically the same movie. The latter here is still considered to be one of the best animated films ever made as it transports both glamour and emotion to its audience by mainly focusing on visual aspects and musical numbers. In the meantime, the live-action version manages to incorporate all of these by introducing a realistic component.
Taking all of these into account, is there any purpose for this film to exist? Well do films really need a reason for their existence? In my opinion, remakes only work if there are aspects that can be improved and here, the improvement comes from the advent of technology. This represents the only motivation that this film needs.
Therefore, the film is gorgeously looking and this is due to the production design; everything from set pieces and costumes is meticulously made. This aspect represents the biggest strength of the film; it is just a feast for the eyes. There is also a great amount of CGI and motion-capture involved, where many of the characters are entirely computer-made, which can almost reach authentic levels.
The main story is practically the same one we’ve all grown to love and know, but it is one that works for this scenario. A prince is cursed by a witch, who transforms him into a beast and now he has to find true love so that he can return to his human form. Even though all the characters are portrayed identical as they were in other adaptations of this story, in this film some of their motivations are changed. This bold choice offers sustainability and therefore enhancing the films’ dramatic limitations. However though, there are some pacing issues and some of the elements feel misplaced but this is a matter of editing as the production team tried to encapsulate all into the limit runtime.
The acting is fairly good, considering that this film is heavily based on visual aspect and music rather than script and performances. The main leads are played by Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and they both manage to incorporate the essential elements of which their characters are based on. There is a slight shade of innocence in Watson’s performance but she combines this with confidence and devotement. On the other hand, Luke Evans shows his narcissistic side as Gaston and Kevin Kline is perfectly cast as Belle’s father.
In the end, “Beauty and the Beast” manages to convey on the screen a great rendition of a classic fairytale but told in a way which suits modern patterns. From my point of view, this film is an enjoyable experience, one to watch with all family members.