Chloe Alverson ‘17- On March 17th, Disney’s newest movie, Beauty and the Beast hit theaters. Bringing the tale as old as time to life, the movie stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

The movie follows Belle, a peculiar French girl living in a small village, as she is taken prisoner by the Beast. A spell was cast on the Beast and the other tenants of the castle. The only way to break the spell is through the Beast finding true love. The story also features Luke Evans as the arrogant Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, and Ewan McGregor as Lumiere.

The live-action Beauty and the Beast features another surprise: LeFou is the movie-maker giant’s first gay character. Of course, this didn’t pass without controversy. Some theaters, even in the United States, refused to show the film because of this.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

Despite a handful of theaters refusing to play the movie, Disney raked in $160 million the opening weekend of Beauty and the Beast. The film is 2017’s top opener so far, according to the New York Post.

Disney took the liberty of adding new songs and scenes to the story, which viewers will certainly enjoy. The character development within the movie is greatly beneficial, as movie-goers learn more about individuals and their backstories that weren’t in the cartoon that came out in 1991.

“I loved that they brought the story to life,” Ambyr McLean ‘17 said. “The producers added humor to the movie, which was different than the original. It brought a modern twist to the old fairytale. I loved the movie in its entirety. If I could, I would see it over and over again.”

The additions to the movie made it all the more entertaining for all ages.

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