BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Shatters March Opening Record, Tops BATMAN V SUPERMAN

Spend RM350 in two receipts to redeem a limited edition Beauty and the Beast notebook. In the remake, Belle invents useful contraptions, such as a primitive washing machine, and attempts to teach girls in her town to read, making her a more multi-faceted character.

All and all Beauty and The Beast manages to successfully convey the classic tale in a new and entertaining way.

Joining Watson and Stevens are an all-star cast, who bring other well known characters to life.

She and co-star Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast lead a stellar cast including Oscar winners Kevin Kline and Emma Thompson as well as Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Stanley Tucci. All songs cleverly played to the strengths of each singer’s abilities (or lack thereof), nicely complementing what they were capable of while not ridiculously utilizing auto-tune in post-production. “‘You know what? I don’t want to do the same arrangement of ‘A Whole New World, ‘ because it should feel fresh.’ You know the song, but there should be a freshness to the arrangement”. Now, he said, those viewers are “parents bringing their children into theaters for the same kind of experience”.

The $170 million open allowed “Beauty and the Beast” to top a number of the most successful movies in recent American history.

While I loved the new additions, nothing beats seeing live-action version of Belle fighting off the wolves, or walking into the Beast’s library for the first time or seeing her in her yellow dress. We find out what happened to Belle’s mother, why the village doesn’t remember anything about the castle or the prince, and when the Beast was truly cursed. Audiences responded to the film in ways you don’t often see. You won’t be sorry. Personally, I don’t understand all the controversy since LeFou’s mannerisms are consistent with the animated classic’s, in which LeFou seemed to have a man-crush on Gaston, totally fawning on him in an adoring yet obsequious way.

I need to address the “first openly gay Disney character” thing. Honestly, there is very little “gay” imagery and it’s very subtle, nearly normal like it is in everyday life. Everybody just loves Disney, including myself. I found it refreshing.

Walt Disney Co.’s “Beauty and the Beast” was a monster at the box office this weekend, opening to $170 million from Thursday night through Sunday in the USA and Canada, according to studio estimates. That was enough to give it the third best start of all time for a March movie, after Batman V Superman ($81.6 million) and The Hunger Games ($67.3 million).

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