Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review

By Anisha Koilpillai

I recently saw the latest Beauty and the Beast film, and I have some thoughts about it. Let’s dive in, shall we?

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

Now, a disclaimer is completely needed before we fully begin. I was not a very big fan of the original movie. It, unfortunately, normalizes Stockholm syndrome. Because of that, I will completely remove that things from the following review. That specific thing was not going to change in this new film, so there is no point in rehashing that complaint completely.

Moving on, my main issue with this film was the cinematography. There were several times throughout the movie when the cameras focused on the wrong aspect of a scene in my opinion, or there were times when the cameras needlessly spun around in a circle. It was quite nauseating. I was expecting more from this film at least in terms of cinematography. Disney is a well-established company, so the cinematography was disappointing.

The other issue I had with the film was the singing. I mean, I liked the songs. But am I the only one who thought it sounded like they altered Emma Watson’s  voice? It seemed very modified. If this is her real voice, then my bad. I don’t know the truth. However, either way, something sounded off to me, and that almost ruined a couple of songs.

Other than those two things, I really enjoyed the film. Probably give it a 3.5/5. Disney did a great job sticking to the original story while adding newer details, such as character depth and newer songs. They also injected humor into the story that helped alleviate the heavier scenes. The acting and editing were pretty solid. I do think it is a film worth seeing, especially if you enjoyed the original.