This year’s Beauty and the Beast promises that we will see every iconic shot and dance number from the original, but now in glorious live-action. Actors whose faces we recognize will bring timeless characters to life, and sing all of the songs we loved as kids. There are a few great songs in the original movie: “Tale as Old as Time” is a classic, and “Belle” has plenty of fake French accents to try to copy, but the best scene, and the scene yours truly is anticipating the most, is “Gaston.”
“Gaston” isn’t your typical Disney villain song. Instead of boasting about evil deeds, most of “Gaston” is the man’s crony Lefou singing his praises to try to make him feel better after Belle spurns him. Naturally, it works, because there’s no one Gaston loves more than himself. Since both Josh Gad and Luke Evans come from Broadway and the West End, respectively, we are in for a real treat. It’s gonna be tough not to want to sing along.
Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast, also starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, and Ian McKellen, hits theaters March 17.