By Marquis Butler
90’s films are making a strong come back in 2017 as the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast gets a beloved remake with a modern twist.
The movie is set in France, a young woman named Belle is imprisoned in an enchanted castle by the fearsome Beast, a prince cursed by a sorceress as penance for his callousness.
She is also pursued by Gaston, a narcissistic hunter who wants her hand in marriage, leading to a confrontation with the Beast.
The remake casts Emma Watson as Belle, a beautiful young woman who sees the humanity within the Beast and slowly develops feelings for him.
Dan Stevens as The Prince also known as the Beast a self-absorbed prince who is transformed into a beast and forced to embark on a spiritual journey to become a better person and earn back his humanity.
Luke Evans as Gaston a narcissistic war veteran and hunter who is obsessed with Belle and willing to go as far as it takes to have her as his trophy wife.
The supporting cast is composed of an all-star actors that are not foreign to fantasy style movies that require a bit of imagination.
In this movie, Disney goes above and beyond to break barriers that’s has never been done in a Disney movie before by casting their first openly gay role.
Director Bill Condon made the choice to make Gaston’s sidekick LeFou the first openly gay character in a Disney movie in order to add a modern twist to an old tale. Throughout the movie LeFou (Josh Gad) expresses romantic feelings for his pal Gaston in a few scenes of open flirtation. The Director defends his decision to include an openly gay character in the Disney classic, Condon says.
“I talked before about how we translate this into live-action. That means building out the characters. It’s also a translation to 2017, you know?” Condon, 61, said. “And what is the movie about? What has this story always been about for 300 years? It’s about looking closer, going deeper, accepting people for who they really are….And in a very Disney way, we are including everybody. I think this is for everybody, and on the screen we’ll see everybody. And that was important to me.”
Gad is proud to bring this new character into Disney films. In an interview with People Magazine, Gad says
“Bill Condon did an amazing job of giving us an opportunity to create a version of LeFou that isn’t like the original, that expands on what the original did, but that makes him more human and that makes him a wonderfully complex character to some extent…subtle but incredibly effective”
The film has done outstanding in the box office making over 80 million since its debut, this is defiantly a movie for all ages and backgrounds.