At first, I was hesitant about "Beauty and the Beast", thinking that it would be a shot-for-shot remake, which would have been completely unnecessary. After seeing the newest trailer, though, I was sold on the film. Ultimately, I found that I liked this film more than most.
I feel like the cast really nailed this film. Emma Watson is very good as Belle, at least in my opinion. There were a few moments in which her acting felt a little unnatural, however, there were other moments, like the opening song, in which she was perfect. Ewan McGregor was amazing as Lumiere. His French accent was very believable and the way in which he replicated the character's personality was great. Luke Evans and Josh Gad were both great as Gaston and LeFou, respectively. Whereas Evans perfectly embodied the established role, Gad re-invented his character in a more sympathetic way. Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Ian McKellen are all good, however, they are comparatively underused.
The technical aspects of the film are very impressive. I thought that the CGI in the film was great, bringing the world to life in an interesting way. I especially loved the effects during the "Be Our Guest" scene. I like how the environments of the film felt a little artificial, as I felt like it served to aid the theme of fantasy in the film. The musical numbers are all done very well, with some being interesting recreations of the songs from the original film, and a few being written specifically for the remake, which I also liked.
Good films can do one of two things to me: they can leave me desperate to watch more or fulfill me and prohibit me from getting into any other film for a couple of days. This is an example of the latter. While it isn't perfect, I thought that "Beauty and the Beast" delivered exactly what I wanted it to and I enjoyed it greatly.
Beauty and the Beast
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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