Disney pulls off another spectacular remake

Spring Break started with a bang this year as the highly-anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 film “Beauty and the Beast” hit theaters and broke box office records with a $170 million debut.

This generation of students grew up on the original Disney animated films, and “Beauty and the Beast” is one of my favorites because of its catchy music, modern ideals, strong themes and unforgettable characters. I enjoyed watching Disney’s live-action remake of “Cinderella,” but the story of Belle and her Beast was retold in such an extraordinary way that I consider it as close to perfect as I ever could have hoped.

Part of what made this remake so fantastic was that it kept the plot and musical numbers of the original movie but also added some of its own to fix plot holes and add dimension to characters. For example, one character left unexplained was Maurice, Belle’s father. In the original, he was a wacky, loveable father who cared greatly for his daughter; in the new movie, however, some background is given on why he acts the way he does, how he aids Belle and what exactly makes him so loveable.

Though nearly every character was given much more depth, I will admit that the Beast was the most impressive of them all. He is as major a character as Belle herself, and he changes so drastically throughout the film without it feeling forced or fake. A new song was added for him to help show this change, and it continues to bring me to tears every time I listen to it. Beast’s new song “Evermore” is perhaps the greatest addition to the remake.

I wish I could go into detail about the beauty in every character and every scene, but there is only so much room in the newspaper for a single story. Out of 10, I would give Disney’s 2017 “Beauty and the Beast” an 11, even though Rotten Tomatoes scored it at 71 percent. I would recommend this film to anyone who has ever enjoyed a Disney movie, and I encourage all those who loved the original film to keep an open mind about the remake and take another chance to relive the memories.

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