Country: United States
Category: Family, Fantasy, Musical
Release Date: 17 March, 2017
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Luke Evans
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 150 minutes
Box Office: $?
“Beauty and the Beast”, After giving new life to several of his most famous productions - such as Cinderella and The Jungle Book - with live action versions, Disney faces its biggest test of fire with the new Beauty and the Beast this weekend.
Contrary to the aforementioned, animated films that premiered more than half a century ago, the 1991 classic holds a very special place both for those who are adults today and grew up seeing it, as for the children and nephews of those who have been exposed to their Singular charm. Remakes, as you are sure to know, carry a negative connotation from which they very rarely escape.
Fortunately, today's premiere is one of those bizarre cases, retaking the magic of the original tape and adding some new features. Whether these work or not will vary from one viewer to another.
In the opinion of this server, although the film feels more inflated than necessary with the inclusion of new musical numbers, it is extremely difficult to damage a story as classic as that of the beautiful and the beast, one of those stories that feel fresh not Matter how many times they are reinterpreted.
In his favor is the direction of Bill Condon, who is not satisfied simply to transplant the cartoons to this version with actors of flesh and bone and abundant computer graphics.
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His approach to the material sporadically evokes the homonym and laureate French film of 1946 directed by Jean Cocteau, and the fantastic artistic direction reinforces this quality with the Gothic surrealism that was used to decorate the palace of the beast." The other great success of the production is his cast. While Emma Watson will not be the actress with the highest vocal range - especially when compared to Paige O'Hara, the original Belle -, her interpretation of heroine is perfect for the character of this brilliant, independent and determined woman who becomes In the prisoner of a beast-transformed prince, briefly embodied on screen by the British Dan Stevens.
The digital effects that give life to this creature - like the rest of the inhabitants of the enchanted palace - are of the highest quality, convincingly blurring the line between reality and fantasy. And if you add 3D technology, immersion is even more effective.
Curiously, those who steal the show are Luke Evans and Josh Gad as the villain "Gaston" and his companion "LeFou", respectively. Both actors have been singers since the beginning of their careers, reason why their musical interventions naturally stand out more.
Evans even manages to elevate the character of "Gaston", rather simplon in the original film, but here it acquires a humorous touch that is welcome, and Gad could not be better counterpart. The voice behind "Olaf" in Frozen starts the biggest laugh, to the point that one wants that there was more of him in the film.
The musical arrangements by Alan Menken - one of the two composers behind the 91st tape - have not gone on for a single day. From the famous "Be Our Guest" to "Something There", the songs sound as good as ever, albeit with a few variations.