Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review

Don’t you just love how a good Disney film makes you feel? No matter what age you are, you can’t deny the magic spark that’s present and leaves you feeling all mushy inside after seeing a Disney film. Beauty and the Beast certainly did this for me. Whether it was the musical numbers or the all star cast, Beauty and the Beast left me both happy and glad to have seen it in the first place.

I think we can all admit that if you aren’t familiar with the Beauty and the Beast story line or at least the outline of it than you must have been living under a rock. Because of this, I won’t go into the details.

What I loved about the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast was the new stuff it added such as various narrative elements and musical numbers. It was great to go into Belle’s past and understand her personality and motive throughout the film a bit more. It also added layers that helped me form more of an emotional connection with her as a protagonist.

I for one can’t stop listening to ‘Days in the Sun’ and ‘Evermore’, two of the more emotionally powerful songs in the film. They also happen to be new songs. Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey and Legion) played the Beast and beautifully performed the debut solo ‘Evermore’.

The rest of the cast also embodied the characters to a high standard. Although I’m always a bit doubtful towards a cast full of familiar faces, in this particular case it worked. The vast array of familiar faces included Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, the list goes on. They’re all great singers too, even if some of them were criticised before the film was even out.

Beauty and the Beast is a treat for all ages, except maybe the little ones (the Beast and other characters may scare them). This live action adaption adds a new element to a tale as old as time. Come on, you know I had to do it once.

4/5