Disney has truly found itself a new niche with these amazing live action films over the last few years.
Maleficent definitely led the way, but the company’s current live action feature, Beauty and The Beast takes the cake!
This film is nothing short of epic and does an amazing job of adapting the original animated film to a live action format!
The film is based on Belle (Emma Watson), a “funny girl,” and inventor who shares her love for art, learning, and invention with her doting father, Maurice. Belle tires of her “provincial life” in her little village where everything is the same day to day. She longs for adventure and something more than a regular life. Beautiful and intelligent, her attributes earn her the affections of the arrogant and narcissistic village “hero,” Gaston (Luke Evans). However, Belle soon gets more than what she bargained for out of life when she finds her father has been imprisoned by The Beast (Dan Stevens) and selflessly takes his place. Whereas Belle sees herself as his prisoner, she is single-handedly the last best hope The Beast and his servants have to regain their humanity.
A special screening of the film, the #BeOurGuestATL event, was hosted by Rolling Out correspondent, Romeo International, with artist and dancer, Saidah Nairobi; who has performed with mega artists including Beyoncé, Ciara and Usher. Saidah Nairobi recently released her debut single “We Are” available now.
We all know how the story turned out, but seeing it all in a realistic setting really ups the appeal of a film based on a timeless fairy tale. Beauty and The Beast is universally appealing. There is action, romance, adventure, and great wisdom to the film. It also appeals to the nostalgia of older crowds who loved the ’92 animated film and introduces to the younger generation of today. Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Sir Ian McKellen), Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), Plumette (Gugu MBatha-Raw), Chip (Nathan Mack), and more are all there! This film is beyond amazing and portions of it will make you teary eyed. Perhaps what we loved the most about the film was how inclusive it is. Notable characters are minorities via race and sexuality; you will just have to watch the entire film to find out!
Be sure you catch Beauty and The Beast today in theaters nationwide! Happy Viewing!
Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning