Beauty and the Beast Review
Beauty and the Beast
23 Feb 2017
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
As per director Bill Condon
When director Bill Condon first spoke to Disney about adapting Beauty and the Beast (1991), they actually weren’t sure they were going to do this new version as a musical. Condon said, “With all due respect, I think you’re crazy. The songs are too good. You’re going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action “Beauty and the Beast” and not do ‘Be Our Guest’?”
As per Luke Evans
In an interview for Entertainment Weekly (March 14, 2017), Luke Evans says Gaston was a Captain and at the age of 16 he protected the village of Villeneuve from Portuguese marauders in 1740. This explains why townspeople love and admire him and why they would believe him if he calls something a threat. Le Fou also fought in the war with him hence the reason for Le Fou’s devotion to his captain.
Songs written by
Alan Menken, who scored Beauty and the Beast (1991), returns to score this live-action adaptation, which includes new recordings of the original songs in addition to new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice.
Difference from 1991 version
At 129 minutes the 2017 version is 45 minutes longer than Beauty and the Beast (1991), with the additional run-time featuring;
- 3 new songs: “How Does a Moment Last Forever”, “Days in the Sun” and “Evermore”
- Additional lyrics to the songs “Belle”, “Gaston” and “Be Our Guest”
- Details into the backstories of the major/minor characters.
Belle as per Emma Watson
Emma Watson released to fans that she would be playing the role of Belle, before it even went on record. A big fan of Beauty and the Beast (1991) since childhood, she told her fans that her “six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting.”
Casting of Emma Watson (As per the original voice actors)
Shortly after it was announced that Emma Watson would be playing Belle, Belle’s voice actors Paige O’Hara (the original voice of Belle in Beauty and the Beast (1991)) and Susan Egan (who originated the role on Broadway) expressed their endorsement and approval of Watson as a live-action Belle.
A Nod to Walt Disney
During Belle and Beast’s waltz, the letters WD can be seen in the coat of arms design on the floor. This is a nod to Walt Disney.
Beast’s castle – 1991 version and 2017 version
In Beauty and the Beast (1991) the Beast’s castle is shown to be quite close to the village, yet nobody in the village knew about it or noticed the absence of those who live there when they are cursed. The prologue of the 2017 version elaborates on this part of the story, exsonplaining part of the curse involved the world forgetting about the castle and its inhabitants
In this version, the Beast turns out to be quite educated..
(makes sense for a prince) and absolutely does read, unlike the animated version. There would be very little else for him to do with his limited means of being about outside the castle, and makes that vast library collection in his possession much more plausible.
Belle’s town is named Villeneuve
.., after “Beauty and the Beast” author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
As per actor Josh Gad
In an interview with CinemaBlend on May 11, 2016, actor Josh Gad promises that the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast (2017) will be something special: “I think that what the creative team has so brilliantly done, is they’ve embraced it so fully, that the scale and scope of those numbers is unlike anything modern Hollywood really gets a chance to do anymore. You’re going to see songs come to life in Technicolor magic, in a way that I think like big studio films, once upon a time, used to do, but have sort of not done for a long period of time, and I think it’s going to be really amazing thing for audiences to see again.”
RT/Meta Critic Review
The sheer dexterity is overwhelming, and only the sternest viewer will be able to resist the onslaught of such thoroughly marketed magic