Beauty and the Beast follows the story of a bookworm named Belle who feels out of place in her small village.
Deadline mentioned other records the movie could break this weekend: "Should "Beauty and the Beast" click past $166M, then they'll steal the all-time March opening record from Warner Bros.' "Batman v. Superman, ' and the pic grosses upward of $169.19M, it will be Emma Watson's highest opening of all-time". But not everyone agrees.
The bigger twist is that the Beast is - no, not also gay - but as hot a book lover as Belle. But, to my delight, I was wrong. Their British charm is sure to enchant the audience and their matching golden locks make the whole romance superficially believable.
You should be warned, though, that there is a new scene that explains what happened to Belle's mother which could very well cause some kids (and quite probably some adults) to weep.
Luke Evans (Gaston) saw it when he was 12, Josh Gad (LeFou) when he was 10, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette) when she was 8. His quick wit will make you chuckle and his energetic performance will entertain all ages. I grew up watching Disney movies, cartoons, and of course Christmas specials and even before I could watch Disney movies, my parents had my play room decked out in everything Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Disney, are you reading this?
Like many of his co-stars, Mack is also from the United Kingdom, and at the film's UK premiere last month he charmed reporters on the red carpet. Instead, she lives a quiet life with her inventor father (Kevin Kline), until he's stranded in the forest. And Emma Watson is just the Disney princess-in-distress to warm the heart of a hairy ape, or bison, or whatever kind of beast the stellar Dan Stevens is playing. Also, his eyes are GORGEOUS.
After Cinderella and The Jungle Book got the treatment they have turned on the 1991 animation which, along with The Little Mermaid, really launched their return to glory. "She's not just a pretty girl in a dress", Evans said. Alan Menken, who wrote the original songs with Howard Ashman, provided the score and wrote three new songs with Tim Rice.
Beauty and the Beast is specially formatted and presented in its entirety in an expanded 1.9:1 aspect ratio. I felt this way when I saw the live-action version of Cinderella a few years ago.
The original movie has a lot of things that are a cause for concern with modern viewers, however. "We all make choices and I am making mine". Although there's nothing wrong with recreating an old classic for a new generation, those limitations ultimately prevent Beauty and the Beast from becoming a classic in and of itself.
"The I.P.is the star of the movie", a producer told The Hollywood Reporter.
That Disney's specific vision for "Beauty and the Beast" has lived on is no surprise, and its 13-year run on Broadway helped keep it in the cultural consciousness.