Beauty and the Beast is going to probably be one of the best performing movies of this year if not of all time. There is no denying its success of capturing and engaging audiences’ attention. But is it actually deserving of all the praise.
The movie, like so many of the live action fairy tales from Disney, is essentially a remake but with people instead of animation. The past live action fairy tales have done a good job converting the movies in this way and Beauty and the Beast is no exception.
There is not really too much for me to stay on the movie. It acts like a checklist for me. You need to have the songs that everyone remembers and loves, but you also need the story to act as a string to guide the movie. Since it is a Disney movie though, you also need lots of beautiful set design as well. The sets were nicely put together and the clothing was good too. I do have to point out that the green screen and landscape CGI left something to be desired. It was easy to realise what was fake and what was real environment wise.
The whole debacle about Lefou being gay was not a factor. I think that it was actually a mismanagement on the director’s part, trying to make it seem like a big deal. There is about 1 second of footage that the director can feel proud of himself, for getting the movie banned in Malaysia. It was an over extension and it was unneeded. I am referring to making a big deal about the whole situation.
Other than that I think the movie did a better job being a musical that La La Land. People thought that La La Land was going to be the movie that brought the musical back, but Beauty and the Beast does such a better job showing off that skill set.
Overall Beauty and the Beast was pretty similar to the original and you should go see it just for Gaston (the musical number) and Be Our Guest. Let’s be honest, you were probably going to see the movie eventually.