Can you feel the excitement? Finally, Beauty and The Beast is Playing in Theaters everywhere! This week we have shared all the amazing interviews with the film’s cast and today we get to spill all the beans with our Beauty and The Beast film review. But that’s not all, oh, no! We are also sharing all the insider’s information on this new adaptation of this iconic story’s merchandise. Yes, that’s right, it is time to get shopping because all of these little Belle’s princesses out there need to have the latest and greatest book, toys, apparel and more! So, let’s get started with Beauty and the Beast film review.
Beauty And The Beast: Film Review
“Beauty and the Beast” is in theaters NOW!
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
If you grew up watching the Beauty and The Beast animated film, you know how the story goes… Once upon a time there was a dashing young Prince (Dan Stevens) who lived in a magnificent castle. He hosted extravagant parties attended by beautiful debutantes from around the world and was pampered by a staff of servants who tended to his every whim, but the Prince had become insolent and self-absorbed. When an old beggar woman appears at the castle seeking shelter from the storm and offers him a single rose in return, he callously turns her away, unaware that she is, in fact, a beautiful enchantress (Hattie Morahan). To punish him for his cruelty, she places a curse on the castle, transforming him into a Beast and all its inhabitants into household objects. To reverse the spell, he must learn to love another and be worthy of their love in return before the last petal of an enchanted rose falls…otherwise, he will remain a beast and his staff their inanimate forms, imprisoned in the castle for all eternity.
As we move along through the story, we met Belle (Emma Watson). Bell is a bright and spirited young woman, goes about her daily chores, pondering the monotony of her provincial life. Fiercely independent and preferring to keep to herself, for the most part, Belle lives with her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline), a reclusive artist, and is an avid reader who dreams of adventure and romance in a world far beyond the confines of her French village.
Related post: Emma Watson and Dan Stevens exclusive interview.
The town’s residents, however, are unsure what to think of Belle, for as virtuous and kind as she is beautiful, she remains a complete enigma. She rejects the relentless advances of the arrogant and boorish rogue, Gaston (Luke Evans), who holds court in a country inn with his sidekick LeFou (Josh Gad) and has every eligible woman in town wrapped around his finger. Gaston is smitten with Belle, but she is strong-willed and remains impervious to his charms.
Related Post: Luke Evans and Josh Gad exclusive interview.
When Maurice sets off for the market and is attacked by wolves, becoming lost in the woods, he stumbles upon the Beast’s castle, now darkened and iced over, where he takes refuge. But the Beast is enraged to find him trespassing and takes him prisoner. Belle learns of her father’s disappearance and sets off in search of him, coming face to face with the Beast, with whom she pleads for his release, eventually trading her own freedom for her father’s.
While locked away in a tower of the ominous castle, Belle hears friendly voices – those of the enchanted household objects, who can now speak as a result of the spell. She is introduced to the former members of the castle’s staff , including: Lumière (Ewan McGregor), a candelabra; Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), a mantel clock; Mrs. Pottss (Emma Thompson), a teapot; Madame de Garderobe (Audra McDonald), a wardrobe; Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a feather duster; and Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), a harpsichord. Hopeful that Belle may finally be the one to capture the heart of the Beast, they watch and wait for any signs of true love, but the Beast is surly and ill-mannered and has come to accept his fate.
Related Post: Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw exclusive interview.
“Something There” Clip
And as the story goes and although, given their conflicted relationship, rife with animosity and resentment, romance appears out of the question, but Belle has a loving nature and the ability to see what other people cannot and begins to sense the kind heart of the Prince within.
So, why will you want to take your family to see this live-action version of Beauty and the Beast? Well, as a mom, my answer would have to be because of number one, the empowering message that true beauty comes from within. Number two, the film’s scenery, visuals, and the score is above and beyond what I expected of this film. I can’t get enough of those and I guarantee you, this film will be to our kids what the animated version was for us.
If you are wondering if the movie is for all ages? The answer has to be YES! Mindful, if you are taking young ones, there are a few scary scenes, but there are no bloody scenes anywhere to be found within the film. Basically, just a few scenes with snarly wolves, which is not that difference from the animated version. Again, the film’s message, the scenery, and the score are top notch and refreshing because for us long-time fans of the animated version, it completely answers some of the questions left opened by the original movie. I truly love that this movie will be a full circle for my family. I was completely whisk away and totally immersed in this amazing love story, I cannot wait to share it again and again with my kids.
Beauty And The Beast: New Product Merchandise
Now, if you cannot wait to see the new live version of Beauty and the Beast, I suggest you buy your tickets now and head on to the theater tonight. But before you do, get busy shopping and check out all the amazing merchandise products available now.
Enchanting Melodies Belle Doll – “Enjoy the enchanting moments with the Disney Beauty and the Beast Enchanting Melodies Belle Doll. Dressed in her movie-inspired iconic gold ball gown, the Belle doll sings the “Something There” song from Disney’s live-action movie Beauty and the Beast. With one press of Belle’s stomach, she will sing of her budding love for the Beast in this classic song. Kids will love playing out moments from the movie or imagining their own fairytales with this doll.”
Beauty and the Beast Journal – “Belle’s passion for books is fully dramatized in this hardbound Journal with golden bindings, latches, and edging, a tasseled cord bookmark, and illustrated, lined pages on which travels in both real and imaginary worlds can be authored.”
Beauty and the Beast Glass Compact Mirror – See the beauty within reflected from this elegant glass compact mirror in golden filigree brushed metal case adorned with faceted gems. Inspired by Disney’s live action film Beauty and the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast Reusable Tote – “Be our guest and relive the beloved fairytale with this reusable tote. Made from 80% recycled materials, it features images from Disney’s live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast.”
Disney Beauty and Beast Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box – “The Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box gives little ones an extra-special place to store their treasures. Experience the beauty and enchantment over and over again as the Enchanted Rose opens, closes and lights up as the iconic song, “Beauty and the Beast” is played. A collectible gold “feather” ring is also included for you.”
Morgan Taylor’ Beauty and the Beast Nail Lacquer collection – Try some or all of these colors: The Last Petal, Be Our Guest, Plumette, Gaston, Days In The Sun, or Potts Of Tea.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Toddler Girl Belle Dress & Leggings Set – This 2-piece set includes: dress & leggings. The Dress has square neck, short ruffle sleeves, rosette details, tiered lace skirt, and it has a Belle graphic on the front of the dress. The leggings have an elastic waistband.
Disney Princess Sparkling Belle Doll – The beloved princesses from girls’ favorite Disney fairytales look as enchanting as ever in their sparkling gowns. The Disney Princess Sparkling Belle Beauty Beast Doll wears a one-of-a-kind outfit in her signature color and comes with a matching tiara, beautiful gem necklace, and shimmery shoes. Glittering detailed bodices and sparkly skirts make them the perfect royal beauties.
Disney Princess Kid’s 8.5-in. Melamine Divided Plate by Jumping Beans® – Mealtime is magical, thanks to this enchanting Disney princess divided plate.
Funko POP Disney: Beauty & The Beast Celebration Belle Toy Figure – From Beauty & The Beast, Celebration Belle, as a stylized POP vinyl from Funk. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches and comes in a window display box.
Funko POP Disney: Beauty & The Beast – The Beast Toy Figure – From Beauty & The Beast, Beast, as a stylized POP vinyl from Funko! The figure stands 3 3/4 inches and comes in a window display box.
Funko POP Disney: Beauty & The Beast Mrs. Potts & Chip Toy Figure – From Beauty & The Beast, Mrs. Potts & Chip, as a stylized POP vinyl from Funko! The figure stands 3 3/4 inches and comes in a window display box.
Beauty and the Beast Hardcover – This new 40-page picturebook makes a beautiful keepsake that children will pore over for years to come.
Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Library: A collection of literary quotes and inspirational musings (Disney Beauty and the Beast) – This book is a unique literary journal, enjoy inspiring quotes from some of Belle’s favorite books, as well as her insightful notes and colorful drawings. Includes a forward by noted Disney screenwriter Linda Woolverton.
Twinings Tea is celebrating the release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with these four mouthwatering tea blends. Enjoy these four deliciously flavors: Camomile, Honey & Vanilla / Lemon & Ginger / Pure Peppermint / Orange & Cinnamon Spice.
Disclosure: I was provided with an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, California to attend the #BeOurGuestEvent. No additional compensation was received.