I probably should have watched this ages ago, but you know how I feel about Disney Princesses…
…though Belle is probably one of the few classic princesses who actually reads, and saves the prince instead of the other way around.
Beauty and the Beast (March 2017)
An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
Director: Bill Condon
Rating/ Runtime: PG 2 hrs 9
In a word? Underwhelming.
Sadly, I found this hyped up version just as dull as the original, just a little prettier.
Yes, Emma Watson was lovely. Yes, the ensemble cast was impressive (Sir Ian McKellan folks), and yes everything was all very pretty, but it was dull!
It did not deviate very much at all from the animated version, particularly the first half of the film. Same dialogue and everything. One can argue that this is what it was supposed to be, but I expected so much more. I will say that the last hour offered a few new angles to their origin stories and it did get slighly more interesting.
I usually follow my little one’s lead on family movies, and she was not interested AT ALL! The only time she looked at the screen was when the non-human characters like “Chip” were onscreen. This is a girl who loves Maleficent and the live action Wonderland movies, so it’s not her age. She just has good taste 😉
There was one scene we both enjoyed, and that was “Lumiere’s” “Be My Guest” number. It was spectacular and very well done.
I don’t know, maybe I’m the only one who feels this way but my general feeling overall was “meh”.
Anyway, it’s on Netflix (Canada) if you haven’t seen it. Maybe you’ll like it more.