The Re-telling of a Classic

Kristina Challis, Reporter

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A tale as old as time has returned! Beauty and the Beast was and is one of the most popular Disney Princess movies. Now this classic is being retold… live. The live-action version of Beauty and the Beast was released into theaters on March 17. From the beginning Beauty and the Beast became the #1 movie in America! It stars Emma Watson as the perfect Bella, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, and Kevin Kline as Maurice.

 

Emma Watson (also stared in all 8 Harry Potter movies) or Belle has received rave reviews about playing Belle. ”Actress Emma Watson brings an innate intelligence to live-action movie ‘Beauty and the Beast”’, says director Bill Condon (India Times). He’s not the only person that liked the movie. “Rotten Tomatoes”, a website known for their movie reviews gave Beauty and the Beast gave it a 71% average and 85% on audience score.

 

Beauty and the Beast was released on March 17, 2017, by Disney. It has received an approximate amount of 1.10 billion dollars (USD). The movie is 129 minutes long. It was directed by Bill Condon and written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, Stephen Chbosky.

Many people have enjoyed the movie. It received 190 good reviews and 79 not as good/bad reviews from critics. ”Enchanting. Dazzling. Spellbinding. A real beauty.” (The Warren Central Owl Online) Those were just some of the words used to describe Beauty and the Beast. Another quote from the film’s director stated,  “We all know how intelligent and worldly and sophisticated Emma is, and while that doesn’t describe Belle, it is what Belle aspires to be, and it is the innate intelligence that Emma brings to the role that is such a crucial element when you’re doing a live-action film.”

I decided to interview some people about the movie. I asked the following questions:

 

  1. Did you like the movie?
  2. Was it close to the original?
  3. Anything you would like to add about the movie?

 

 

  • Skylar Chace stated, “Yeah, I loved the movie. It was a lot like the original but there are some changes…it has a bit more violence in this one though.”

 

  • Isabela Muñoz said, “I thought it was a good movie, For the most part it was pretty accurate, or close to the animated movie. Yeah I liked the movie because it was similar to the animated Disney one, but others didn’t because it was almost exactly like the original. ”

 

  • Aleah McGill replied, ” Yes I liked the movie. The general plot line was similar. Small details were added to it. The singing and choreography was super on point.”

Personally, I really enjoyed the movie. I thought I was spot on and was very close to the original. Although it was a great movie, I was surprised that it was rated PG. There were some scenes that were questionable. Those scenes had a lot of violence and looked as though it should have been PG-13. It is currently available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray.

 

 

 

ClickTheCity. “Emma Watson Captures Your Heart as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”.” ClickTheCity. N.p., 01 Mar. 2017. Web. 26 Apr. 2017. <https://www.clickthecity.com/movies/a/32023/emma-watson-captures-your-heart-as-belle-in-beauty-and-the-beast>.

 

DisneyMovieTrailers. “Beauty and the Beast – US Official Final Trailer.” YouTube. YouTube, 30 Jan. 2017. Web. 26 Apr. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Nl_TCQXuw>.

 

“Entertainment.” Beauty and the Beast: Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2017. <http://www.wcowlnews.com/entertainment/beauty-and-the-beast-review>.

 

Ians. “Emma Watson Brings Innate Intelligence to ‘Beauty and the Beast’: Bill Condon – Times of India.” The Times of India. Entertainment, 26 Feb. 2017. Web. 26 Apr. 2017. <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/english/hollywood/news/emma-watson-brings-innate-intelligence-to-beauty-and-the-beast-director/articleshow/56871323.cms>.

 

Spiliotopoulos, Evan, and Stephen Chbosky. “Beauty and the Beast.” Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Rotten Tomatoes. N.p., 24 Apr. 2017. Web. 26 Apr. 2017. <https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beauty_and_the_beast_2017/>.

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The Re-telling of a Classic