*This is not a sponsored article. All opinions are my own.
To say that I was a little excited when I first heard that Disney was doing a live action version of Beauty and the Beast would be a huge understatement. I was thrilled!!! I could not wait for the movie’s release. I grew up watching Beauty and the Beast. It is by far my favorite Disney movie and Belle is my favorite Disney princess. Of all the princesses I felt like I related to Belle the most. She’s kind and brave. She would do anything to protect those she loves. She follows her instincts and knows what she wants. And she tries to see the good in people.
I knew that this movie would be good. I didn’t know it was going to be FANTASTIC! Everything about the film had me in awe. I literally watched the entire film with a grin on my face from ear to ear. From the moment Emma Watson appeared and began to sing I knew this film was a winner. Emma was amazing. And let me just say she has really proven that she’s no longer Hermione Granger. Her portrayal of Belle was spot on. I could go on and on, but I promised no spoilers so let’s move on. LOL.
Let’s talk about the set. Holly Wow! The set was incredible. From the village to the castle to the costumes… It was just amazing. And the cinematography leaves you breathless. Really. It does! There simply is no other way to describe it. The way they brought the characters to life and the movement of the camera with the music and lighting was done in a way that I don’t think I have ever seen before. The Be Our Guest scene is magical. And the dance between Belle and the Beast is stunning. You really need to see the film to understand what I’m saying =)
I went to see this film by myself while my husband was home to watch the kids. I was hesitant to take my daughter. Even though she has seen the animated version, I just wasn’t quite sure how the live action version would come across. Would it be too scary, too dark? And in my opinion, the answer is not really. They kept this film very true to the original animated version. Although, there are some extra scenes thrown in that explain both Belle and the Beast’s past. I will say that the ending is a bit more intense. But to be honest, my daughter has seen all of the Star Wars movies, so I am confident that she can handle this one just fine. But, if your unsure, you might want to consider viewing the movie first before letting younger children see it. That being said, everything else about the film is pretty much spot on with the animated film.
The beast, in my opinion, was not portrayed as a scary monster for the most part. Which was another concern I had about letting my five year old see it. There are of course the scenes in the beginning when we are first introduced to him where he comes across as scary. But that quickly changes. In fact, I found him very pleasant to look at. The makeup and visual effects are incredible. There is a real softness and kindness that comes through.
The bottom line, this movie is absolutely worth seeing. Again, if you have younger children, and if they scare easily with intense scenes from the animated Disney movies, then you might want to use caution when letting them see this one. But this is no doubt a must see. Especially if you are a fan of cinematography and visual art, you will really appreciate the work that was done here. And if you are a 90’s kid and grew up watching the animated film, go see it! You won’t be disappointed =)