Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (French version)

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a superb 2014 Franco-German telling of this wonderfully dark fairytale.

Visually stunning with luscious rich landscapes and ornate costumes, this film was everything the Disney version is not.

Starring Lea Seydoux as Belle and Vincent Cassel as the Beast, their superb performances made this story come alive.

 

Seydoux and Cassel had great chemistry on-screen and were so interesting and charismatic that I could have watched them all night.

 

More recently seen in ‘Spectre’ as smart, tough, powerful Bond girl, Dr Madeleine Swann, there’s no doubt that Lea Seydoux’s star is on the rise.

 

I’m a long-time fan of Vincent Cassel, who often plays complicated, interesting characters – and his Beast is no exception.

 

Directed by French Director, Christophe Gans (‘Silent Hill’, Brotherhood of the Wolf’), this was his first film in 8 years.

 

Although typically known for his horror movies, Gans’ thoughtful approach to this fairytale presented a satisfying story without all the distracting Disney ‘bling’.

 

This is a magical and uplifting French version (with English subtitles) of the original Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve fairytale.

Available on Netflix and you can check out the trailer here:

 

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