Last weekend we were invited to an advanced screening of Disney’s live-action film, Beauty and the Beast, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. What an experience it was to share with my Mom and older girls. I had never been inside the El Capitan Theatre before and it was breathtaking. As we walked through the double doors to see the red curtains reveal itself on stage, I couldn’t help but look around and admire the details. Before the start of the film, there was an organ player who played music from various Disney movies and kept us entertained. The attention to detail was amazing, the chandelier and the flowers looked like it was taken straight out of the movie. It was a “tale as old as time” experience.
We all loved the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast because it is a mere classic and has some big shoes to fill. “Beauty and the Beast” was the first animated feature to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture and won two Oscars (best original score and best song), three Golden Globes and four Grammy Awards. With these facts, I’m sure many people will feel that this classic should have been left alone without the need to be recreated but I beg to differ. I feel like the 2017 adaptation brought magic back to the big screen and there is all the reason to fall in love with the new live-action musical.
With an extraordinary ensemble cast including: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hattie Morahan and Nathan Mack with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson there is no doubt this will be a must-see film for 2017.
The Beauty and the Beast duo is back and brought just the perfect amount of chemistry to the big screen for both my kids and kids at heart (my Mom and myself). You know the story of girl meets boy, girl gets imprisoned by boy, girl and boy get to know each other, slowly grow closer and fall in love. But it’s the way they fall in love in this adaptation that captivated us. We learned a lot about the Beast this time around. We know him as a pampered prince transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cold-hearted and selfish ways, the Beast must, in order to return to his former self, earn the love of a beautiful young woman named Belle who he imprisons in his castle. But we learn that he is not only mysterious but he’s caring, funny and we clearly see his cold heart turn to mush for Belle. What woman doesn’t like that?
Dan Stevens delivers an amazing performance that proves he is a Beast worth saving. As his eyes gazed down with passion at Emma Watson’s Beauty we see a more intimate version of this true love story. As I watched from the balcony, I was engaged the entire movie and felt their connection.
Emma Watson brings justice to her role as Belle as she portrays an empowered role model for girls all around the world and takes her character to a 21st century heroine.
“We all know how intelligent and worldly and sophisticated Emma is, and while that doesn’t describe Belle, it is what Belle aspires to be, and it is the innate intelligence that Emma brings to the role that is such a crucial element when you’re doing a live-action film.” -Bill Condon, Director
I think we can all relate with our love for Belle. I’ve always loved how “Belle is someone who doesn’t really care about becoming a princess. She’s more interested in seeing the world and figuring out who she is than in finding a man and getting married.”
In the classic take of “Beauty and the Beast” I love how they stay true to the empowering message that true beauty comes from within. That is one of the messages I continually try and teach my children on a daily basis.
The character portrayals, the in depth explanation of the missing plot we’ve wondered about for years, the 21st century adaptation and cinematography is why you need to hurry and catch this film on the big screen. Don’t miss out on the magic, now playing at a theater near you. Check for movie showtimes.
For a limited engagement (March 17-April 30), “Be Our Guest” and experience wonder, enchantment and world class service at The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
The El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028
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