I remember when teasers for the live action Beauty and the Beast came out last year. It was immediately met with excitement and a lot of hype especially when it was announced Emma Watson will be playing Belle.
My husband and I took our three-year-old to see this about a week ago and she was incredibly attentive to it. Who wouldn’t be? From what I can tell, Disney just set a standard to their live action remakes. If you’re one of those people who would rather wait for the digital/physical copy to come out but is wondering on how true to the story it was: it was exactly like the animated movie despite little modifications to the story line.
The main thing I loved about this remake is not the special effects (although let’s be honest, Be Our Guest was amazing!), nor the nostalgia that came with it (I started crying on their ballroom scene. They met in their fancy clothing and I lost it there in the cinema.) What I loved most which at the same time also broke my heart, was when the spell finally took effect on the castle. Sitting there in the movies, I was hoping they will show what would happen if the spell wasn’t broken in time and they delivered.
In my opinion, I think it lived up to all the hype and expectation that surrounded it before it’s release. I will honestly say I didn’t notice much difference between the original and the remake aside from certain changes to tie up loose ends.