Beauty-Beast-2017-Movie-PostersBeauty and the Beast 2017 9 of 10

As I mentioned after seeing the sneak peek for Beauty and the Beast at DCA,  a live action Beauty and Beast was a no brainer for Disney.  With modern day special effects, the things only dreamed about in animation have become the tools to bring these animated classics to life.   Disney has done a great job bringing some of their animated classics to life (with the exception of the underwhelming Alice sequel).   As long as they stuck to the formula Beauty and the Beast was a guaranteed success.   Disney did exactly that with this film.  Instead of straying away from a story and music that have already been a proven smash hit in both animation and on Broadway –Disney just took those elements and brought them to live action with style.  I was at first a little nervous about Emma Watson as Belle –but she did a great job. The rest of the cast was totally on target.  Luke Evans as Gaston was superb and Josh Gad was excellent as his sidekick LaFou.    Dan Stevens as the Beast was excellent (you have to check out the behind the scenes extras on the DVD to see how they brought the Beast to life.  Obi Wan (Ewan McGregor) shined as Lumiere the candlestick.

If you are already a fan of Beauty and the Beast… you are sure to enjoy this live action version.  It bascially brings the animated version to life and adds a little depth to Belle and the Beast’s stories.   The visuals were stunning.  The “Be Our Guest” segment and the classic dance sequence totally captured those moments from the animated version.  It has pretty much everything you would want in a live action version of Disney’s classic film.     I can’t wait to see what Disney can do with other animated classics from that era of Disney Animation.   Beauty and the Beast was never my personal favorite.   I was an Aladdin and Little Mermaid fan myself….so those are the films I’m looking forward to and if they do anywhere near as good with those films—I’m sure they will be smash hits as well.