Live-action Beauty and the Beast sweeps the box office

Belle finds an adventure in the great wide somewhere in the live-action remake of  Beauty and the Beast.

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast premiered on March 17. Disney fans everywhere got to see the magic of the enchanted castle come to life in a movie starring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, and Luke Evans as Gaston.

“It’s really remarkable,” says actress Emma Watson, “to play someone that I’m almost sure had an influence on the woman that I have become.”

The original version of this movie made in 1991 and was based off of the story written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve which was published in 1740. In the original, the  character known as Belle was actually named Beauty and she had three brothers as well as two sisters that treat her as a servant. Additionally, the arrogant character Gaston was not in Villeneuve’s version.

“I love that, in our version, Belle is not only awed and doesn’t fit in, you see her reading and she’s actually an activist within her own community,” says Watson. “She’s teaching other young girls, who are part of the village, to read. I love moments like that, where you could see her expanding beyond just her own little world and trying to grow. That was amazing to get to do.”

The movie received a 70% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 4/5 from Common Sense Media.

“I think they did a wonderful job,” says student Alexis Williams. “I wouldn’t change one thing about it.”