Movie Preview: Be our guest to live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Angel Rivera

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As the March 17 premiere of “Beauty and the Beast” draws near, the timeless fairytale recaptures audiences’ love for Disney classics.

From the costumes to special effects, the movie mirrors the original storyline of “Beauty and the Beast.” After being cursed by an enchantress, the Beast (Dan Stevens) must change his selfish ways, learn to love and earn another’s love in return. As all seems lost, a selfless maiden named Belle (Emma Watson) gives hope to the Beast and his castle’s servants through her caring and understanding ways.

Other characters including Gaston (Luke Evans) and LeFou (Josh Gad) attempt to interfere with the relationship blossoming between the two main characters. The developing love story between Belle and the Beast must overcome various conflicts before it can flourish.

The Lefou character has also caused much controversy in the past few months. Lefou, Gaston’s admirer, is openly gay in the movie. Supposedly, he is going to have an “intimate” moment with Gaston sometime in the film.

Lefou gives some representation to the LGBTQ community and can be seen as a sign of empowerment and acceptance. However, many individuals do not view Disney’s first openly gay character this way, as some parents and other adult figures are boycotting the movie.

Despite that single controversy, famous songs like, “Be Our Guest” and “Tale As Old As Time” are also recreated in the film. Using color and special effects, “Be Our Guest” will be reimagined in this new take of the Disney classic. The original movie’s most memorable song, the waltz “Tale As Old As Time” will also make a reappearance, as the new movie would be incomplete without it.

The movie is directed by Bill Condon and the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The music is composed by Alan Menken. Tickets for “Beauty and the Beast” can be reserved now for certain theatres whose seats have not sold out yet.