IHGB Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast 2017

Beauty and the Beast 2017
Rated: PG
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, and a ton of other celebrities

The Trailer:

The Gist: It’s a tale as old as time.

My Thoughts:

  • I’ll admit. I was a little nervous going into March 17.
  • I made the decision to watch Beauty and the Beast 2017 in both regular and IMAX theaters. My food budget is blown for the week, but that’s okay. I felt I needed to see it in both venues to truly capture the magic. My verdict? Either version should suffice, but the castle is way cooler in 3D.
  • The opening sequence and musical score still give me chills after all these years.
  • Did I see Emma Watson as Hermione Granger? About half the time. When she gets angry, her Gryffindor spunk sneaks out.
  • Can Emma sing? Yes. Is she going on Broadway anytime soon to pursue a singing career? Probably not.
  • I wanted Belle to be a bit more playful. She’s a strong, independent woman, which I totally get. She stands up for herself and has a servant’s heart. But I found myself willing her to just relax.
  • As my fears predicted, I thought Gaston (Luke Evans) was too mean. I wanted more sarcasm. There were a few one-liners that landed beautifully, but his personality in general had a rougher edge the entire movie.
  • Gaston / Luke Evans = G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S.
  • The Beast = H-A-N-D-S-O-M-E.
  • The Beast’s Voice = A-T-T-R-A-C-T-I-V-E.
  • I’d date the Beast in beast form. Or as Matthew / Dan Stevens. Either one. Doesn’t matter to me. CALL ME!
  • Truly, I was not distracted by the CGI-ness of the Beast. In fact, just as the storyline dictates, he endeared himself to me as the romance progressed. I embraced him fully after the library scene.
  • Watch for a snowball exchange. You may die laughing.
  • Josh Gad plays La Fou. I heard Olaf’s voice a few times. I got over it.
  • His song with Gaston follows the theatrical version of Beauty and the Beast. There’s a lot of foot stomping that creates a back beat. I loved it!
  • The ballroom scene is magical. I wanted my own version of the yellow ball gown, until I saw Belle’s finale gown. Can someone make me a less billowy version of that one?
  • “Be Our Guest” takes its time building into something glorious. It was ten times better in 3D.
  • It took me a while to get on board with Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and company. But once I did, I appreciated the animation behind their characters. Especially when they turn back into household items.
  • Chip is everything.
  • Philippe is the most obedient horse on the planet.
  • Everyone can sing. I suggest you purchase the soundtrack. Even the new songs are worth considering for a permanent place in your iTunes library. Ariana Grande and John Legend sing the quintessential “Beauty and the Beast” ballad. They are no Celine and Peabo, but they make it their own. It’s worth staying to watch the closing credits.

Survey Says:
I love a good romance and the fact that there’s a powerful message in Beauty and the Beast is icing on the cake. We should all take heart not to be deceived by appearances.

For beauty is found within.

Photo By: Disney.com
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Jo Crake
Jo Crake
March 20, 2017 1:25 pm

I want to see it and now want to see it even more so…thanks Lincee for the recap!

March 22, 2017 12:13 am
Reply to  Jo Crake

Was too much made of the first gay Disney character?! You made no mention of it.

March 22, 2017 5:14 pm
Reply to  Stacey

Personal opinion … WAY too much was made from the media, on both sides. Blink and you’ll miss any innuendos at all.

I will say, on a completely separate note, that I wouldn’t take young children to see it. I went with several other moms for a ‘girls’ night,’ and I was surprised at how many really young kids were there. It’s too long for little ones, I don’t see it holding their attention (especially because it isn’t a cartoon!), and there were some violent moments. I had briefly considered taking my 4-year-old, but I’m glad I went with friends instead!

March 23, 2017 9:38 am
Reply to  Stacey

I agree w/ Kristen. La Fou’s character was more silly and funny than gay to me. The media made way too big of a deal about it. I thought the media made it sound like there was a kiss or something and that did not happen. I also agree not to take young kids. I took my 9 year old, and she covered her ears for some of the movie b/c it was loud and a little scary at times.

March 20, 2017 1:49 pm

I fell in love with the beast too! I heard Matthew Crawley several times but I got over it too. Lumiere was annoying to me but I loved the movie over all. Belle invented a washing Machine!

March 20, 2017 2:38 pm

The library scene totally did it for me too! My girls and I LOVED it. So much!!! It really stayed true to the original. I did see her as Hermione for the first maybe half hour. She’s so gorgeous and a wonderful actress. CHIP WAS THE BEST. And I totally cried.

Ashley v
Ashley v
March 20, 2017 2:48 pm

I LOVED it!! I actually didn’t really see her as Hermione which I was afraid I would. I agree that Gaston was pretty rough in this version. It’s always been my favorite Disney movie so I can’t even be critical of it. I loved it all. 🙂

March 21, 2017 5:41 pm

One addition I would make… the words in the songs are easier to understand in this version. I’m fixing some of the lyric errors I’ve been making.

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