The live action remake of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast has just hit movie theatres worldwide and it is slightly different from most other remakes – it is a musical, and following the 1991 animation, it contains all the classic songs (plus a few new additions) but recreated by today’s top singers.
The theme duet of the movie, Beauty and the Beast – formerly recorded by Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson – was taken over by Ariana Grande and John Legend, and to say the least, it was a really good effort.
The original duet was composed by Alan Menken as a smooth, wholesome ballad. The stellar track had the sweet, timeless voice of Céline and the deep, powerful one of Peabo’s, and together, they managed to come so beautifully to create the image and passion of Belle and the Beast. It’s fair to say that it is very unlikely you’ll find another two singers as perfectly suited for this masterpiece of a song as Céline and Peabo.
With that being said, the new version was indeed a good effort for a modern remake. Upon finding out that Ariana and John had set out to recreate the song, I had my doubts but once I’d heard it, I found that it actually wasn’t as bad as I had expected.
The remake had an unsurprising increase in tempo, and John’s vocals did not have as much depth as Peabo’s did, so this affected the overall dynamics and emotion of the song as it sort of clashed with Ariana’s vocals when they sang together. However, both artists did have the individual vocal power for such a ballad so the delivery of their respecitve solos turned out to be strong. The original Menken melody was still retained which I’m sure everyone is super thankful for but the 2017 version had a slightly edgier sound to it that surprisingly managed to complement the tune.
So basically, you really can’t compare anything to the 1991 classic but on it’s own, Ariana and John’s version is probably a good 7/10. I mean it could have been worse so I’m pretty glad that it turned out the way it did.
Check out the 2017 and 1991 versions below and see if you agree: