Beauty and the Beast
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans
Director: Bill Condon
Writers: Stephen Chbosky (screenplay), Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay)
Runtime: 138 minutes
Genre: Fantasy / Romance
“Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens is a remake of Disney’s very well loved original feature film. The movie was released on March 17, 2017 in the box office. This movie received anticipation from all over the world; due to the extraordinary story sequences as well as the incredible actors.
Anyone who loved Disney animations as a child probably remembers watching Beauty and the Beast, and is aware of the basic plot line: a girl named Belle who loves to read goes the the castle of the Beast to take her father’s place and falls in love with the Beast who later turned out to be a handsome prince who was cast under a spell. This basic plot line has been loved by many people and still is even to this day.
The movie itself was an exact replica of the animated film created 25 years ago. This was really special and sentimental because the audience were able to see the very same scenes and also listen to the same songs that they have grown up with. The only difference was that this time, it was a non-animated film.
Emma Watson, most well known for playing Hermione of Harry Potter has been casted to play the optimistic main character, Belle. Emma Watson is well known not only for her career as an actress but also as a strong activist for women’s rights, even being appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014. This passion that Emma Watson had allowed her to link well with the character and also to add on her own feelings to Belle. She mentioned during an interview on the show ‘Ellen’ that “It was very important to me that she[Belle] would be very active and in control of her destiny and I wanted her to be powerful.. Which she was already honestly.”
Parallel to the great anticipations, Beauty and the Beast has been extremely successful both domestically and internationally. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Beauty and the Beast had one of the highest opening weekends, beating movies such as Batman, Harry Potter, and the Hunger Games. Even in Korea, movie theaters are premiering this movie nonstop and some theaters such as Lotte Cinema has presented the watchers with a special Beauty and the Beast inspired goods called “The Beauty and the Beast Combo”, where they receive popcorn, drinks, and even a rose tumblr.
As such, the movie has been extremely successful and prospects are that they will continue their success. This movie is definitely one that everyone can easily enjoy regardless of their age and gender. This weekend, how about you give yourself a break from reality and watch a good movie? Perhaps Beauty and the Beast?