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Continuing with the adaptations of his classic animated films to tapes with real characters, Disney presents this year the new version of what was the first feature animated to receive the nomination for Best Film at the Academy Awards, “The Beauty And the Beast. “
This is a traditional fairy tale of France which, last century, had various adaptations to the cinema in European countries. In the United States Walt Disney tried to adapt it in life, but it was not until 1991 that the same studies Disney it turned into a successful animated film, with the music and songs of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Afterwards he became a famous Broadway musical, which also performed in Panama with a prominent local cast.
This new live action film version is true to its original animated version and adds new scenes, keeping those great songs that have enchanted its viewers, mixed with new themes composed for this release by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.
The movie begins with the Prince in his castle, surrounded by luxuries, who when rejecting a stranger, due to his appearance, is condemned to live with the appearance of a beast, a curse that extends to all his servants, who are converted In living objects. And just as in the animated version, the only way to break the spell is thanks to love.
Emma Watson, who was a little girl introduced to the movies for her role as Hermione in the “Harry Potter” series, plays the young Bella, and on the other hand The Beast is incarnated by Dan Stevens, whose appearance is achieved thanks to the effects Specials and the technique of motion capture, until they become transformed into the prince. Kevin Kline plays the Maurice, the father of Bella, Luke Evans interprets the villain Gaston and Josh Gad to his assistant. Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Stanley Tucci will also be performing in English versions of their songs.
Under the direction of Bill Condon, this film not only honors its animated version, but also to other classic musical tapes, like “The Rebellious One”, with a scene in a mountain with Emma Watson similar to the one acted by Julie Andrews. We also see references to other animated Disney films, such as “Aladino”, and subtle tributes, such as the letters W and D in the middle of the ballroom, alluding to the initials of Walt Disney.
The film is a great visual spectacle and at the same time pays special attention to the small details. It’s like a classic Hollywood film mixed with the techniques and visual effects of our era, made even more in its 3D version.
It is an exciting story that teaches us the importance of the power of love and not letting appearances. His last scene, in which the characters, people of all kinds, dance and celebrate together, calls for inclusion, that together and without prejudice a better world can be achieved.
I think this new version of “Beauty and the Beast” will please the fans of the animated film of 1991 and will introduce a new generation to this ancestral fable and its immortal music.