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It’s been four days since the epic fairytale Beauty And The Beast released and I saw the day it came into the theaters. Mind you I know the story, seen the 1991 animated film and even the 2014 German movie, still, it was so tough for me to not go and watch the film on its release day. There are stories which are ever fresh and can be seen by the generations and this is one such movie. In just three days it has made over $350 Million USD worldwide which confirms the impact of this tale even today and in India, it has made over $1 Million USD that too despite being a musical, where dialogues are rhymes and sung by the characters, which is an almost unknown genre in this part of the world. This is Disney’s another masterstroke and I am very happy after watching it, the retelling of these stories will definitely going to fill wisdom in the minds of the kids’ world over. It is a grand imposing musical ocular on celluloid with brilliant direction from Bill Condon.
The movie transports you into the world of its own and the CGI is very cleverly constructed which gives us a great feel. The live-action animation films are slowly becoming the strength of Disney after the super successful Alice in Wonderland. Maleficent and Oz The Great and Powerful, with every other film the business is growing because of more and more people are seeing it. The casting of Emma Watson is another bang-on decision by the makers as she is very popular among the youngsters’ world over, thanks to the Harry Potter series. The film has great music by Alan Menken, dance presentations are vibrant and amazing photography of Tobias Schliessler is praiseworthy. The performances are good and the actors are very beautiful to look at, the beast looks menacing yet wins our sympathy. It was fun to see Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, and veteran Ian McKellen in the end and that makes the experience richer.
Luke Evans as Gaston, the antagonist is impactful and along with young virtuoso Emma Watson, the characters become so believable in a fairy sort of world, that is a big win. The team has tried their best to make it authentic and not look pretentious, the movie is certainly very close to the original source material. The film is beautiful, a good recreation of a classic animated film that should leave most die-hards satisfied, do watch it once, I’ll go with 3.5 stars.