Let me begin my review by quoting a line of song from Beauty and the Beast, “both a little scared, neither one prepared…” this line personifies exactly what I feel about this movie. You get the excitement, a childhood Disney favorite revisited, but with the nostalgia and elation comes the foreboding thought that it will never be the same. Never, despite the amount of modern cinematography, impressive visual effects, re-tailored costumes, new and original score, which despite its progress could either make or break any film.
But, I went into Belle’s and Beast’s world knowing that I shouldn’t compare, bearing in mind that these two adaptations do not owe me anything.
Faithful. Yes, faithful. This is what the movie brought to the table. The marriage of the old and new, where the former embraced the new additions like old pals. I found the transition from the old to the new very comforting, where we finally found answers to questions from the animated film come to light.
Oh, Emma, Emma, Emma, how did you win my heart twice? Her unpretentious and charming without effort portrayal of one of the well loved Disney princesses was refreshing. No need to search for Belle’s high caliber vocals, Emma’s rendition was sweet and satisfying.
5 starts, hands down.