The Jury Reviews: The Beauty & The Beast

Twenty six years ago, the epic romance between a beautiful village girl and a fearsome beast stole our hearts away.

And the much-awaited 2017 remake of that unforgettable “tale as old as time” has managed to recapture the enchantment, the colour, the songs, the glamour, the drama, giving them an even more appealing twist.

This live-action retelling features many of the characters we love so much, but weaves in a backstory that helps us understand and connect with them better. For example, we now know what happened to Belle’s mom, what the Prince was like as a child, and how he transformed into an evil, callous young man.

The acting was absolutely phenomenal. Dan Stevens’ brilliance as both the Beast and the Prince deserves to be extolled a hundred times over, as does Luke Evans’ portrayal of the conceited narcissist, Gaston. There’s also humor galore! Cogworth’s (Ian McKellan) dry wit and LeFou’s (Josh Gad) oafish but surprisingly endearing antics will leave you in stitches.

The real winners, however, are the songs. Apart from the old favorites, there are some new tracks, notably ‘Evermore’, the Beast’s lament on his sacrificial love for Belle, which has been especially well received.

Perhaps the one downside of the film is Emma Watson’s rendition of Belle. Her rather stiff and wooden acting leaves much to be desired. However, the stellar performance by the rest of the cast has managed to overshadow Watson’s own largely uninspiring one.

So, guys, if you haven’t watched it yet, what are you waiting for? Book your seats today…

Because this is one journey into pure awesomeness that you DON’T want to miss!

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