by Grace Fields, Knightly News section editor
Disney has been putting out live action remakes of their most beloved classics. Maleficent, Cinderella, and its most recent release Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast seemed to break box office records, the original record being held by one of the many Harry Potter movies, since its official release.
Other than its success in the box office, Disney had some success in choosing their cast for this film. Emma Watson stars in the main role of everyone’s favorite bookworm, Belle. Dan Stevens plays the hot tempered Beast. Luke Evans plays the egotistic Gaston whose main goal in life is to marry Belle due to his own selfish purposes. Alongside Gaston is his good friend LeFou who is played by the hilarious Josh Gad. The objects of the Beast’s castle include Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Ewan McGregor as Lumiere.
As far as the actual movie goes, it was absolutely fantastic. That’s just one of the words I associate with this film because not enough words can describe how amazing it was. The acting was brilliant, it stayed true to the original while also going in depth with the characters backstories, and the music was absolutely beautiful. If I had to rate this film on a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a 11/10 rating because it was just that good.
One of the things I enjoyed most about this film was that the writers added more songs. We get a song for Belle’s father, Maurice, a song for the Beast as he watches Belle fade from view as she rides away from the castle, a song for Belle remembering her childhood and her late mother, and a song about how everyone wishes to have a day in the sun again. The soundtrack to the film was without a doubt my favorite part of the film.
Another thing I loved about the film was the end scene with everyone dancing at what I believe is the ball Belle and the Beast throw after their wedding due to the use of white in the costumes. Gaston is dead and gone leaving pour LeFou alone and dancing with one of the female attendants of the dance. That is until his hero swoops in and starts dancing with the goofy LeFou. His male hero. Yes, it seems that Josh Gad’s character is in fact gay. Honestly, I’m proud of this choice that Disney has decided to make. It seems century appropriate and it will satisfy all those who support the LGBTQ community. Well done Disney!
I recommend you all see this film in any free time you have!