So before the last petal falls, let’s get going!
However, upon first encountering the castle, the movie quickly made a turn for the better. This cast is perhaps one of the finest ever assembled. At the head, we have Emma Watson, who is a passionate activist herself, had a lot of say in adapting Belle’s character for a contemporary audience. This included Belle being an inventor rather than Maurice, wearing boots instead of flats, and refusing to wear a corset with her famous yellow dress. Her supporting cast consists of Ewan McGregor, who nails Lumiere in his performance of “Be Our Guest,” and has fantastic chemistry with frenemy Cogsworth, played by Ian McKellan. Emma Thompson brings grace and beauty to Mrs. Potts, and Kevin Kline gives a tragic side to Belle’s father Maurice that is very touching. Luke Evans as Gaston is both terrifying and hilarious, and Josh Gad steals the show as Le Fou. These two have some incredible moments together, and their song, “Gaston” is actually a highlight of this film and, dare I say, might even be more of a showstopper than “Be Our Guest.”
...also, I have so many questions about Agathe.
As I write this conclusion, I am listening to “You Came Back,” the score which precedes the transformation scene, and I have chills and have tears in my eyes. That’s Disney magic right there. That’s Beauty and the Beast.