The Jungle Book was a triumph for Disney.
No, not the 1967 animated feature from the studio. I’m talking about the 2016 live-action film directed by Jon Favreau that did crazy bananas (puns) at the Box Office.
Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent had already been released, it’s true; But The Jungle Book looked to be the first to bring the animated features to life.
Ultimately from its success, the House Of Mouse has opened up its collection to be unleashed upon the world of live-action.
So what better way to start it off, than with a tale as old as time?
Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle.
Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.
It’s hard to really shake this film down.
So settled on the foundations of its originator, it merely transitions the animated form into live-action.
Of course this comes down to the cast and production, which succeeds in every way.
Disney has done a sensational job of finding the right people for the job; so much so that if you’re not right they will move on from you.
In this, the cast replicate the journey taken by their ‘toon’ forms and pull them into the third dimension.
Watson is a proven strong lead, and new leading actor Dan Stevens truly captures the Beast and his missteps. Luke Evans continues to carry his torch of “that evil charismatic guy” as Gaston, with Josh Gad excelling as the bumbling fan-boy Lefou at his side.
The supporting cast is rounded out with years of experience, laying in the hands of Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Sir Ian McKellan and more.
A wonderful world recreated through sets and CGI, fans of the original will not be disappointed.
Which means this beast is a beauty indeed.
Beauty & The Beast is practically made for the fans, so I'm wondering why you're reading this review instead of watching the movie (thank you for reading though)