In a turn not so “tale as old as time”, Disney’s new live action adaption of Beauty and the Beast is in no way a pale imitation of its predecessor. In fact, it might even be better.
Just like any other child of the 90s, I grew up on a solid diet of Disney VHS classics and, just like any other little girl who walked around “with her nose stuck in a book”, no other movie shone quite so brightly as Beauty and the Beast.
Which is probably why audiences across the globe were a little, let’s say apprehensive, about this new live action outing. After all, no one wants their childhood memories steamrollered by a CGI monster truck.
In the words of the original animation’s Cogsworth “if it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it”, it was hard to see how the original magic could possibly be recreated on a live sound stage.
But this is where Disney made the brilliant decision to not just re-heat the original and serve it up on a new platter. Instead, they took all the ingredients that worked the first time around, tossed them up, added a few different spices and created a whole new dish.
And boy is it delicious.
This time around, Belle (played by the delightful Emma Watson) is not just a bookworm and dreamer, but a strong heroine who is also a masterful inventor with a lot more agency and development than we've previously seen in a Disney heroine.
Instead of falling onto the bed and weeping after being locked up in the Beast's castle, she fashions a rope and attempts to lower herself down a cliff face.