Going into this movie on Sunday afternoon, I was tired and grumpy. My wife being the brightest star on the planet decided we should see it in the VIP Cinema at Windermere. This was a good thing as the chairs there are like thrones, not to mention the service you get! (Yes I do agree that it’s weird going to see a children’s movie in an 18+ Theatre, go ahead and sue me)
Initially, I thought to myself, “Why are they re-creating this movie? the 1991 original cartoon was near perfect!”.
Boy was I wrong.
First the movie brings in $170 million on opening weekend, then it captured the hearts of millions. I absolutely LOVED this film. It wasn’t because it was a re-telling of the classic fairy tale either. It was because they added so many layers to an already near perfect movie. The relationship between Gaston and Lefou (Luke Evans & Josh Gad)is extremely comical and lighthearted. Immediately you fall in love with this movie because of their charm and comedic timing (especially Josh Gad as Lefou). Then you find out that Bell is even more of an outsider in this small ‘provincial’ French Town as the locals, truly do not like her as much as the original. (I don’t want to spoil much but eventually they try and put her away!). Before we even get to the castle which houses The Beast (Dan Stevens) we are already invested in the story of both this girl, her father, and the town. Once you get to the Castle, at which point I don’t have to say much other than the singing is incredible and the CGI is mind-blowing. Even though we all know the story, it feels like you’re seeing it for the first time, which is why I loved it so much. If you aren’t convinced throughout the movie that it’s a winner, just wait until the iconic ballroom scene.
All in all, they keep you in suspense throughout the entire film and there isn’t one spot I would have cut. Don’t be surprised if this wins best visual effects and a nomination for best picture at next years Oscars. (Keep in mind, the original was the first animated feature to be nominated for best picture!)
I give it 4.5 K’s out of 5.