Film Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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4 out of 5 stars to the 2017 release of Beauty and the Beast. If you’re unfamiliar with the latest version, check it out at:

I’m sure most people have heard this story before… either through the Disney versions or reading the original French fairy tale. In case you haven’t, the story goes essentially as follows:

  • Prince doesn’t realize how good he has it and fails to be kind to others.
  • A curse is placed upon him, where he will turn into a beast for a very long time.
  • Years later, he may or may not torture a village (different versions).
  • A beautiful maiden, Belle, meets the Beast.
  • He captures her and she’s forced to stay in his castle.
  • She stays there to protect her family and the village from him.
  • She falls for him, but he cannot allow himself to be with her.
  • He eventually lets her go, his way of showing his love.
  • Belle leaves, but something draws her back.
  • She kisses him and the curse is broken, now that’s he’s learned his lesson.

Disney tells the story one way. Literature another. The TV show Once Upon a Time yet even other way. But it always comes down to the simple saying:

“If you love someone, set them free. If it’s meant to be, they will come back to you.”

I never realized how much this story was similar to Phantom of the Opera. What’s with those French? That said, I’ve seen a few versions before this one. I wasn’t anxious to see it in the movie theatre, so I simply downloaded it On Demand this weekend and watched it with a lovely glass of champagne… or a bottle actually… somehow in the 2 hours the movie ran, I finished off the whole bottle. And no, I’m not saying the movie drives you to drink. It just happened.

I enjoyed the movie and the changes in the story. The graphics were amazing, especially with all the inanimate object characters that come to life. Wow! That was fantastic editing. The music was good. The acting was strong. All in all, a solid effort. It didn’t completely overwhelm me, so it earns a 4 out of 5 on my movie scale. Key players include:

Emma Watson Emma Watson
Dan Stevens Dan Stevens
Luke Evans Luke Evans
Josh Gad Josh Gad
Kevin Kline Kevin Kline
Hattie Morahan Hattie Morahan
Haydn Gwynne Haydn Gwynne
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan
Jean the Potter
Ray Fearon Ray Fearon
Ewan McGregor Ewan McGregor
Ian McKellen Ian McKellen
Emma Thompson Emma Thompson
Nathan Mack Nathan Mack
Audra McDonald Audra McDonald
Stanley Tucci Stanley Tucci
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Gugu Mbatha-Raw

What I found most interesting was all the hullabaloo over LeFou being gay in the movie. From everything I’d heard, I expected him to be flamboyant, out and a main part of the show. But it was such a small aspect… he flirted a tiny bit with Gaston. He danced with another guy at the end. And he had a bit of flair. But so did they all. Ugh, please. Not even worth mentioning anymore. Was totally fine for all viewers. And to think a movie theatre wouldn’t show the film. Yikes.

The setting and scenery between the abandoned castle and the woods were gorgeous, especially the aerial views, which seemed to capture everything. I thought the film was a bit short and could have told a few more stories between some of the other characters, as if you didn’t know who all the characters were from previous versions, you might have missed a few pieces of the beginning and how they connected to the rest of the movie.


Anyone else see it? What’d ya think?


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35 thoughts on “Film Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

    cwhiteweb said:
    June 27, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    I still wanna see it!! 😀
    The versions available online have very poor quality so I’m waiting for an HD version to be free. I’m not cheap, I’m frugal lol

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    Naty said:
    June 27, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    I watched it a few weeks ago… really good one! Very impressed with the animations and Emma did a great job as Belle!

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    Nel said:
    June 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Seen it twice. The second time the theater I was in cheered when the one was turned into a beautiful Belle and he strutted away. I absolutely LOVED the diversity! The original cartoon did not have black people in it at all and that’s not a bad thing but it was so beautiful to see! I also liked that they added a few original songs. Nevermore loooooooved! Dan Stevens in general. Okay, I’m done, haha

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 27, 2017 at 3:02 PM

      Ha! True, the originals were a bit narrow in their casting. Audra was great. She should have been in more parts of it tho.

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        Nel said:
        June 27, 2017 at 3:05 PM

        Don’t even get me started on how much I love Audra McDonald! You should watch Broadway carpool karaoke with her and the guy from Hamilton. Oh god. Have you seen Private Practice??? She’s a main character!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 27, 2017 at 3:05 PM

        No, I haven’t! I’ve seen her in a few Broadway shows, but not much on TV or film before this.

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        Nel said:
        June 27, 2017 at 3:14 PM

        Oh god yes. Private Practice was the Grey’s Anatomy spin off and she was played one of the main doctors. She had a relationship with Taye Diggs character in the show. It’s so awesome!

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    Mischenko said:
    June 27, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Excellent review of BatB! My favorite movie next to Logan this year. My whole family loved it except for my oldest son husband. They found it cheesy.

    I felt like Lefou being gay was really subtle and wouldn’t have a problem if it wasn’t. I thought that part was cute and didn’t understand the choices to not to show it. I love Josh Gad anyway. Hello Olaf! I also loved him in A Dog’s Purpose as Bailey’s voice. He’s a fave. I thought Luke Evans was a perfect Gaston. Love him. Emma Watson, perfect as well. Gosh, I love this movie. The whole cast is great.

    Have you read Lost in a Book? Not sure if you would like it, but it goes into the Nevermore book a little more than the movie. I’m maybe a little obsessed. ❤

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 27, 2017 at 3:07 PM

      Their loss for finding it cheesy.

      I haven’t read Lost in a Book… I need to check out some of these newer versions.

      Obsessed is good. It’s healthy. LOL 🙂


    Norin said:
    June 27, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    I have never watched any version of Beauty and the Beast… even the Disney one. But wow, Emma Thompson, Ian Mackellen, and Stanley Tucci?!? Now I have to see it!

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    Mischenko said:
    June 27, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    I meant oldest son and husband. 🙂 I think it was the live action that threw them off. I’ve actually heard a lot of people complain about it. I thought it was wonderful and liked the little changes that they added. It was refreshing. 😉

    Lost in a Book is aimed at ages 10-14, but I loved it. It’s worth a try.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 27, 2017 at 3:18 PM

      thx for the recommendation. a little change is good… it helps see different parts of the overall presentation


    Lana (Sleepless in wherever) said:
    June 27, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Honestly, I didn’t think it was anything special. I’ve seen the original Disney movie a hundred times, as well as many interpratations in movies and books since and it just didn’t have that impact anymore. I wish they would stop remaking anything and everything, there is so much original material in the books alone that could be made into great movies. It makes me sad they waste time and resources to do something that’s already been done.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 27, 2017 at 3:43 PM

      I’m a little concerned with remakes too lately. This one was ok for me. But I understand where you are coming from.

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    Patty said:
    June 27, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    I was pleased with this version. I was afraid it would not be as good as the cartoon version. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    masonlou said:
    June 27, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    I really liked it. I thought the actor playing Gaston was great and couldn’t believe ewan McGregor was lumiere. Great review

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    Kristin said:
    June 27, 2017 at 11:33 PM

    I wanted to go see this but I’ve not been to a theater in 15 years because the large screen and how loud it is gives me a migraine. I was going to go anyway but I came down with strep.

    I don’t rent movies or even have any cable channels. So, unless this comes out on Netflix, I won’t get to see it 😦 Which is a total bummer.

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    eas135 said:
    June 28, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    I enjoyed the film as a whole, but was really underwhelmed by Emma Watson’s singing.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 28, 2017 at 9:18 PM

      Was she a singer before? I don’t think I had ever heard either.


    Books, Vertigo and Tea said:
    June 29, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Hehe I have watched this twice.. maybe a thrid time this weekend. I have a problem. Nice thought there on Phantom of the Opera (another fave). That is some real food for though huh!

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    mistysbookspace said:
    June 29, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    I watched this movie a couple weeks ago. My husband surprised me with the DVD of it so as soon as it came in the mail I had to watch it and I loved it. Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite Disney movie and I live what they did with this version.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 29, 2017 at 8:07 PM

      Awesome. So glad you had a great experience. And that was incredibly sweet of him.

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        mistysbookspace said:
        June 29, 2017 at 8:10 PM

        Yes it was! He is good at surprising me like that even though I’m not to fond of surprises lol.

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    cathleentownsend said:
    June 30, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Uh, I’ll be the odd one out on this. I dislike remakes generally, and this one was no exception. I wish they’d left if alone. The extra world building was inconsistent, and merely caused trouble with my suspension of disbelief. For example:

    If it’s snowing all the time at the Beast’s castle, how are there roses growing there? This isn’t a nitpicky detail because it’s actually the plot point that gets Belle to the castle.

    Why are the servants all going to die? There was no hint of this in the original. It’s unnecessarily vindictive, but everyone’s dancing and happy together with the sorceress at the end. Seemed very unlikely to me.

    There’s more, but you get the gist. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 30, 2017 at 11:37 AM

      That’s a great point. Suspending disbelief can only go so far. Sometimes the imagery counts more than the story, I suppose. The rose did play such a big part. Some of the explanations left out may have made it more acceptable.

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    Pearl said:
    October 27, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    James: I am so sorry for not taking a closer look at your blog sooner. That has been my loss. Yet you have been so kind to so regularly Like posts I’ve made to my own new blog. I promise to be a more regular reader in the future.

    Your review of the recent movie remake of “Beauty and the Beast” caught my eye initially. Being a Harry Potter fan (even an old fart like me 🙂 ), I liked seeing Hermione (err, I mean Emma Watson) and enjoy her attempts to move beyond her Harry Potter persona – not an easy task for any of them.

    Speaking of which, I recently watched Daniel Radcliff on DVD in the movie “Imperium”. Talk about working against typecasting! But while the movie is dark, I found Radcliff’s performance well done. After the first few moments, I never even gave a thought to old Harry. I posted my review of that movie on my blog.

    Back to “Beauty and the Beast”. You may have noted (or not) from elsewhere on my blog that one of my all-time favorite TV shows was the TV version of “Beauty and the Beast,” which ran for three years from 1987-1990. It starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. I’ve always been a sucker for a good love story, and their take on the familiar story was quite unique. I always thought that there was a bit of double-meaning, intentional or not, in the title. Not only did Vincent fall in love with a beauty, but there was definite beauty within the beast as well. But that is probably getting too heavy. 🙂

    Back to your blog. Congratulations on your career as an author. I look forward to reading “Watching Glass Shatter”. I also want to tell you that I admire the look and feel of your blog. I am still new at this, having begun my blogging with WordPress only just back in March of this year.

    Once again, I apologize for my tardiness in not just Following your blog, but in actually doing something about it. I intend to correct that oversight.


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