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Review of Beauty and The Beast

On March 17, the live-action version of Beauty and The Beast was released in theatres. The film is about how a young, arrogant prince and his castle’s servants fall under a wicked spell that turns him into a hideous beast. The curse cannot be lifted unless he learns to love and receives love as well. A beautiful young woman enters his castle due to the imprisonment of her father. With the help of the Beast’s servants, she begins to draw the cold hearted Beast out of isolation.

The film overall has grossed $877 million. It has earned 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 4 out of 5 in Common Sense Media.

“Emma Watson delivers an alert, solemn turn as Belle, the French country girl with a penchant for reading,” said Ann Hornaday from Washington Post.

“Beauty and the Beast does right by its predecessor, delivering a musical experience that both dazzles the eyes and plucks the heartstrings,” Sandy Schaefer from Screen Rant stated.

In my opinion, the new Beauty and The Beast really brought back my childhood memories. I think that Disney really captured the feel of the older, animated version and rejuvenated it and made it 10 times better. From the cast to the acting, and chemistry between the actors I just really thought that Disney nailed it. I also thought that Emma Watson recreated Belle’s character well.

Finally, I absolutely loved the wardrobe. From the glamourous white dresses to the regular towns people’s costumes, this new film’s costumes are everything you could want in a romantic fairy tale.

Although I enjoyed most of the movie, there were a couple of things I did not like. The household servants looked a little bit too real. In the animated version they were cute and charming. In this more detailed and realistic Beauty and The Beast, they sort of come off as creepy. The other thing I didn’t like was the actor that played the prince (Dan Stevens). I imagined an extremely attractive man, and my hopes were severely crushed.

For the most part I did enjoy the new Beauty and The Beast. I would recommend it a solid 8 out of 10.