Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Story: Romantic fantasy musical directed by Bill Condon, this is a live-action adaptation of the 1991 Disney animation. In this tale we follow Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior and animal like anger, realizing the kind heart and soul of the prince within.
Verdict: This may not have the perfect magic of the original animation, but Disney are really making a good effort with their live action remakes and this one is no exception. Emma Watson did not disappoint as Belle, she added her own flair to it and this new version tries to give Belle more personality, which worked quite well. Dan Stevens was also well cast as the Beast, the only thing that was just a little disappointing is the CGI look of the Beast, which was done more effectively in the original animation. It may not exactly match or exceed the original animation, the story remains strong even if some of the magic and originality may have gotten lost in the CGI.REVIEWS
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 43)
Agathe: [voice over] Once upon a time, in the hidden heart of France, a handsome young prince lived in a beautiful castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was selfish and unkind. He taxed the village to fill his castle with the most beautiful objects, and his parties with the most beautiful people.
Agathe: [voice over] Then one night, an unexpected intruder arrived at the castle, seeking shelter from the bitter storm. As a gift, she offered the prince a single rose. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince turned the woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. When he dismissed her again, the old woman’s outward appearance melted away to reveal a most beautiful enchantress. The prince begged her for forgiveness, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. As punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast, and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. As days bled into years, the prince and his servants were forgotten by the world, for the enchantress had erased all memory of them from the minds of the people they loved. But the rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose. If he could learn to love another and earn their love in return by the time the last petal fell, the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?
Belle: [singing] There goes the baker with his tray like always, the same old bread and rolls to sell, every morning just the same since the morning that we came to this poor provincial town.
Villager: Good Morning, Belle.
Belle: Morning, Monsieur Jon. Have you lost something again?
Villager: Well I believe I have. The problem is I can’t remember what. Oh, well, I’m sure it’ll come to me. Where are you off to?
Belle: To return this book to Père Robert. It’s about two lovers in fair Verona.
Villager: Sounds boring.
Villagers: [singing] Look there she goes that girl is strange, no question, dazed and distracted, can’t you tell. Never part of any crowd cause her head’s up on some cloud. No denying she’s a funny girl that Belle.
Gaston: Look at her, LeFou. My future wife. Belle is the most beautiful girl in the village. That makes her the best.
LeFou: But she’s so well-read! And you’re so athletically inclined.
Gaston: I know. Belle can be as argumentative as she is beautiful.
LeFou: Exactly! Who needs her when you’ve got us?
Gaston: Yes. But ever since the war I’ve felt like I’ve been missing something. And she’s the only girl that gives me that sense of…
LeFou: Hmm, je ne sais quoi?
Gaston: I don’t know what that means.
Gaston: It’s the ones who play hard to get that are always the sweetest prey. That’s what makes Belle so appealing; she hasn’t made a fool of herself just to gain my favor. What would you call that?
Gaston: It’s outrageously attractive, isn’t it?
Belle: Papa, do you think I’m odd?
Maurice: Odd? My daughter, odd? Where did you get an idea like that?
Belle: I don’t know. People talk.
Maurice: This is a small village, you know. Small minded as well. But small also means safe. Even back in Paris, I knew a girl like you, who was so ahead of her time. So different. People mocked her. Until the day they all found themselves imitating her.
Belle: Please, just tell me one more thing about her.
Maurice: Your mother was fearless. Fearless.
Gaston: You are the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen. Nobody deserves you.
[we see he’s looking at himself in the mirror]
[as Belle enters the castle]
Lumière: Cogsworth, look! A beautiful girl!
Cogsworth: Yes, I can see it’s a girl. I’ve lost my hands, not my eyes.
Lumière: But what if she is the one? The one who will break the spell?
Belle: Who said that? Who’s there?
Belle: Papa, is that you?
Maurice: Belle! How did you find me?
Belle: You’re hands are ice. We need to get you home.
Maurice: Belle. Belle, you must leave here at once! This castle is alive. Now go before he finds you!
[they both turn when they hear the Beast]
[sees the Beast’s silhouette]
Belle: Who’s there? Who are you?
Beast: Who are you?!
Belle: I’ve come for my father.
Beast: Your father is a thief.
Beast: He stole a rose.
Belle: I asked for the rose. Punish me, not him.
Maurice: No, he means forever. Apparently, that’s what happens around here when you pick a flower.
Belle: A life sentence for a rose?
Beast: I received eternal damnation for one. I’m merely locking him away. Now, do you still wish to take your father’s place?
Belle: Come into the light.
[Beast doesn’t move, Belle grabs Lumiere and holds him up to his face and gasps in fear]
Maurice: Belle, listen to me. It’s alright. Now go. Live your life. And forget me.
Belle: Forget you? Everything I am is because of you.
Maurice: I love you, Belle. Don’t be afraid.
Belle: I love you too, Papa. I’m not afraid. And I will escape. I promise.
[releasing her from Belle from her cell]
Lumière: Forgive my intrusion, mademoiselle, but I have come to escort you to your room.
Belle: My room? But I thought…
Lumière: Oh, what?
Belle: That “Once this door closes it will not open again”.
Lumière: I know. He gets so dramatic.
[when Belle sees Lumiere for the first time]
[a frightened Belle hits Lumière with her stool and shrieks]
Lumière: Oh, you are very strong. This is a great quality.
Belle: What are you?
Lumière: I am Lumière!
Belle: And you can talk?
Cogsworth: Well, of course he can talk. It’s all he ever does. Now, Lumière, as head of the household I demand that you put her back in her cell at once.
Lumière: What do you want to be for the rest of your life, Cogsworth? A man, or a mantle clock?
Mrs. Potts: [to Belle] How lovely to make your acquaintance.
[to Belle as she picks him up]
Chip: Hello! Pleased to meet you!
Chip: [to Belle] Want to see me do a trick?
Belle: Hello. What’s your name?
Cogsworth: That is a hairbrush.
Gaston: Picture it, LeFou. A rustic cabin, my latest kill roasting on the fire, adorable children running around us as my love rubs my tired feet. But what does Belle say? “I will never marry you, Gaston!”
LeFou: You know, there are other girls.
Gaston: A great hunter doesn’t waste his time on rabbits.
Beast: Will you join me for dinner?
Belle: You’ve taken me as your prisoner and now you want to have dinner with me? Are you insane?
Plumette: Uh-oh. He’s losing it.
Cogsworth: Oh, dear!
[Beast pounds on Belle’s door, yelling]
Beast: I told you to join me for dinner.
Belle: And I told you no.
Madame Garderobe: Ooh! What time is it? What’s happening?
Belle: I’d starve before I ever ate with you.
Beast: Well, be my guest. Go ahead and starve. If she doesn’t eat with me then she doesn’t eat at all.
[Beast storms off in anger]
Total Quotes: 43