Beauty and the Beast

2017, Romance/Kids & family, 2h 9m

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With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material. Read critic reviews

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Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.

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  • Nov 04, 2020
    Of the Disney live-action remakes, this is one of the better ones. Of the category of "remakes that follow the original to a fault" I'd say it's probably the best of the batch. The original Beauty and the Beast is a concise 90 minutes that goes by super easy and gives you everything you need. Yes there's a lot of little details and character elements left out, but as a fairy tale, it works. And it was one of the first Disney movies to show a truly strong female lead and a depth to its romance (no, I don't buy into that Stockholm theory). Belle was headstrong, the Beast was stubborn, and they worked through it into a unique love. Did we need to know about all the townspeople? No, it wasn't a story about them. Did we need the enchantress to return at the end along with the full plothole filling details about her curse? No, because it was a fairy tale. Did we need a tragic backstory for both Belle and Beast that shows how they became the people they are? Not really, we get enough of them in the present to draw our own conclusions. The live action version however, gives us those things. The thing is though, each time it would go into a bit adding something, I would be reluctant at first but by the end I'd think "y'know what, that's actually fine, that works." Is it all necessary? Not at all, but if you're going to expand on this story into something of an epic musical, the stuff they expand on it with is good stuff. I'll be honest, getting more one-on-one moments between Belle and Beast was really effective, and the moments were often touching. The original showed the development fine, but this shows a little more, and I like what it shows. There's also new songs, and unlike something like say live-action Aladdin, the songs fit the tone of the rest of the film. The musical segments are good too. There's smaller pieces where there need to be, but there's also the big showstoppers that while not the animation, are still stellar in their own right. They know how to use the live action space in the unique way it presents. The biggest thing I like about the movie though is that the environments just looks great. The set design of the castle, the town, this is a place I want to visit. It looks alive and real. Much of it is CGI obviously, but there's a good amount of practical effects that look amazing. I've raved about this thing enough though, what doesn't work? Honestly, the secondary characters. Ewan McGregor is having a ton of fun as Lumiere, but everyone else feels like they're just sort of there. There's not a lot of personality even though there's more time given to them. Part of that I really credit to the character design. The enchanted inhabitants are designed to look much more like their real life counterparts, but this takes away the personality they had in the animation. Ewan McGregor has a voice and personality that works through that sometimes, but most of them don't. As for the townsfolk, man I love Kevin Kline but he's just not that interesting as Belle's dad. Josh Gad as LeFou is…mostly okay. He gets some solid laughs, but at the end of the day it's just a Josh Gad performance, and I don't love some of the changes they make to his character in terms of his Gaston loyalty. Speaking of Gaston though, Luke Evans is pretty good. Not much more to say, he does the job. Overall, it's not the original animation, but it's still a solid update. I don't like all these Disney reboots, but if they keep doing them with this level of effort, there's something to it. It puts effort in and creates it's own (forgive me) beast.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2019
    The real action version of the classic Disney film does have lovely colorful sets and a pretty perfect cast. It's especially nice to see Kevin Kline and Emma Watson does work wonderfully as Belle. The songs (not counting the outstanding title one) are a bit hit and miss but the film's biggest problem is the computer animated Beast. That becomes apparent during his solo song, where the creature sometimes feels sterile and fake. A beautiful mask and make-up would have worked wonders. Fans of the material should still be pleased, especially the finale is pretty good. But man, do I miss good make-up effects.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2018
    The "tale as old as time" gets updated as Disney's Beauty and the Beast is remade as a visually spectacular live-action musical. This new version more or less follows the animated one beat for beat, scenes for scene, though it does expand the story a bit; providing a backstory about Belle losing her mother and more scenes of Belle and Beast forming a friendship. However, Disney unfortunately takes a PC brush to the fairytale with conspicuous placements of minorities (in 19th century France), turning LeFou into a gay character, and making Belle more proactive and independent. Still, the all-star cast featuring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, and Emma Thompson delivers wonderful performances. And the CGI work and choreography are extraordinary, making for some extravagant and lavish musical numbers. It has its problems and doesn't live up to the animated classic, but Beauty and the Beast is incredibly entertaining and fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2018
    A Beauty of a remake with its sumptuous visuals and endearing players, this live-action take on an animated classic manages to be a different Beast for better and worse--edgier, zippier, and often fresher. In this PG-rated adaptation of the Disney-fied fairy tale, a monstrous-looking prince (Dan Stevens) and a young woman (Emma Watson) fall in love, much to the chagrin of her self-absorbed suitor (Luke Evans). 1991's Beauty and the Beast very possibly ranks highest among animated musicals, not to mention it's arguable standing as Disney's greatest 'toon. Just as with Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book (Snow White & the Huntsman is more of an out-and-out re-do), moviegoers are right to be more a little scared - than prepared - for the Mouse House re-imagining what amounts to an already polished and pristine jewel in their crown. And yet, like those other remakes, it all works beautifully...for the most part. Though Disney's Belle never felt like a damsel in distress, V.2 sees fit to engage in gender politics which also spills over into the characterization of supporting player LeFou, who now has more than a platonic shine for lunkheaded heel Gaston. While there's no question that such empowerment could only enhance the characters and story overall, this inclusion feels more like it was shoehorned in because of topicality than integrated organically. Such an 'upgrade' should feel like a natural fit--not like it was forced. There's a lot that screenwriters Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky get right with their update, however. The backstories of the players get fleshed out (we finally learn about Belle's Mom and see more of her father, for example), as does this enchanting world in general (the inanimate objects come to life in the Beast's castle serve as more than comic relief than the first go-round). Director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) deserves much of the credit, however, managing to stage the wonderful musical numbers such that the audience feels like they're seeing them for the first time (as there are new songs in the mix, some of them actually ARE first-timers). His canvas, encompassing town and forest and castledom, exhibits a magical quality not altogether different from the original, but oftentimes moodier and more sarcastic in keeping with modern insensitivity, er, sensibilities. Without a letter-perfect cast, however, the characters wouldn't jump off the screen. Watson, Stevens, Evans, Kevin Kline, and Josh Gad bring a lively and colorful energy to the goings-on. Though they don't hit every note perfectly, they sell through the wonderment all the same. To Sum It All Up: Be Their Guest
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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