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½ December 17, 2017
I cannot find a single hint of worthy addition to this bland, CGI remake that not only tarnished your impressions of the original, but makes you acutely cynical about the movie industry. Beauty and the Beast isn't even a beast, it's just a bore.
December 17, 2017
Definitely my favorite and to me the best of all of the live-action remakes of disney animated films so far. They did an amazing with adding some more backstory to this one that was not in the original. They do a splendid job with following the way the original one was with still being able to add things to help it stand on its own as it's own movie not just being a live-action exact replicate of the original animated one that is so loved. The casting for the movie is amazing with having Emma Watson as belle with how much she really looks like her and with all of the other very talented cast members doing an amazing job at their roles. So with that the live-Action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast it's not only able to stay true to the original but is able to add to it to make like a new movie. My favorite movie of all time.)
½ December 14, 2017
For me this film was just fine. There was nothing overly special about it. The performances were good and the comedy was sometimes good. For me the film was somewhat interesting when focused and Belle and the Beast, but when ever the film cut back to the other characters the film really dragged. At times there was CGI that was not needed. For example at the begin of the movie Belle goes to the top of a hill and you can easily tell that it is green screen. It really bothers me when they can't be bothered to film a scene outside and make the film look really. Other then that the was just miner nitpicks like how the wolves sometimes sounded more like lions then wolves and the begin of the film really did not hold my attention.

December 13, 2017
This Beauty and the Beast is pretty decent adaptation from the original animation. The acting, musical notes are pretty good, great romance story and family movie. The only thing that I dislike was the CGI (computer graphic image) of some characters when they do the musicals. Other than that, it's decent movie to check it out when you get the chance.
December 12, 2017
Since the nineteen-thirties, a trend began that has flourished every generation for the last eighty years that has altered the experience of childhood and parenting, the Walt Disney Studios. My daughter has recently married so in our family another generation will be touched by their own favorite Disney film. If you are ever in a group of people including many parents, there is a way to guess the age of their children accurately. Ask them which Disney animated movie their child was infatuated with watching. For my daughter, her childhood encompassed two movies, "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast." As this was before the advent of DVDs, so the constant viewings wore out the tapes requiring buying new copies to avoid the ire of a disappointed child. Now that major technological advances have brought filmmaking to previously unimaginable heights, the magic inherent in Disney movie could only be realized through animation. There was no reasonably realistic way to portray a singing candlestick or allow the audience to believe they see an undersea kingdom. With such incredible cinematic techniques as motion capture and computer graphics seamlessly integrated with live-action, whatever a creative mind can imagine can be brought to life on the screen. Disney has always embraced cutting-edge technology, frequently at the forefront of innovation. As part of this new wave of entertainment, they have rereleased many of their most beloved stories as Broadway productions and live action movies. That brings us to the film under consideration, the live-action version of 'Beauty and the Beast.' For the doubters that refused to believe a live action movie could do justice to such a cherished childhood memory then you need a refresher course in modern artistic expression. While this is an extremely well-produced offering it does express one drawback that few fans of the original will find difficult to overlook, it is not that animated film; great effort has been infused in each frame of the movie to be as respectful as possible to the animated feature. No matter what technological achievements in CGI there is something warm and comfortable about Disney animation, after all, they created the format and had been honing their considerable talents since 1937.

Set in pre-Revolutionary War France this incarnation holds to the basic storyline of the fairy tale as rendered by Disney Studios. An elderly beggar woman (Hattie Morahan) arrive at the doors of a castle during the evening of a luxurious ball. The old woman asks the Prince (Dan Stevens), for shelter from the night. In exchange, she offers a beautiful rose. The Prince was self-centered and cold-hearted flatly refusing her request. It turns out that the woman was a powerful enchantress who responds to his cruelty by transforming the Prince into a hideous beast. Her anger extended to the household staff which the witch turned into various household objects. She then proceeds to erase the memory of the castle on their friends and family cutting them off from the world. Her final feat of magic was to seal the enchantments by casting a spell over the entire household connected to the rose. If the Prince does not find true love before the last petal on the flower falls, then their humanity will be forfeited, and the transformations will be permanent.

In the nearby village of Villeneuve, there lived a young woman named Belle (Emma Watson), who was pretty and intelligent dreaming of leaving her quaint hometown to go out into the world to find adventure. Belle finds herself the objected of the desire of Gaston (Luke Evans), a former member of the military known for his arrogance and narcissism. While no unenhanced human being could achieve the massive physical appearance of the animated Gaston but this casting choice does help establish the requisite infatuation Gaston has with his manly appearance and macho persona. This is indicative of the commitment fostered by the filmmaker and producers to make a reasonable effort to remain true to animated feature while crafting a film that can stand on its own artistic merits. This is a difficult, fine line for a filmmaker to tread, fans understandably set out to experience the live action remake that despite any technological wonders that are among the available cinematic tools. In this endeavor, the results of this balancing act remarkably achieving this goal. The proof of this claim is found in the box office where the opening weekend recouped a substantial profit permitting the remainder of its theatrical run to triple the estimated budget. The icing on this cake is the critical community upheld the acceptance.

This story is undoubtedly the epitome of a romantic tale. It represents one of the most poignant reimaginings of the perennial classic, 'Romeo and Juliet' with the feuding house replaced by incompatible species. The na´ve young girl pampered and sheltered with a young woman with a quick wit and innate intelligence. Ms. Watson certainly was ideal for this role. She is the opposite of the stereotypical child star. While so many descend into drugs, alcohol and salacious behavior, Ms. Watson managed to avoid becoming tabloid fodder pursuing an undergraduate degree from graduated from Brown University. She is poised and articulate, passionate about her role as the United Nation's special ambassador championing women's equality. Ms. Watson confers a sense of wonderment on Belle, whose intrinsic compassion and strong sense identity allowed her to reach beyond the grotesque physical appearance of the beast and the underlying feeling of entitlement of his princely persona to see a sensitive person capable and worthy of true love. Some were quick to denounce the character of Belle as a victim of Stockholm Syndrome where a hostage gains feelings towards the captor. Ms. Watson defended her position is contrary to this interpretation defending her position with style, grace and a touch of panache. Of course, she has many years of experience with green screen is driven sets and stories requiring bringing the audience into a fantasy excepting it as readily as on set in the real world.

Any romantic story must adhere to a rather strongly preset checklist of requirements that brings the audience on an emotionally intense journey. This movie achieves this handily with a realistic chemistry generated between the leads. This is naturally crucial in any story especially one dealing with romantic tribulations. The infusion of fantasy as an underlying theme defining the parameters of the story the connection to even a modicum of reality becomes overwhelmingly essential. Fantasies are nice, they ae immensely enjoyable much like a pleasant dream. To retain a strong and lasting impression on members of the audience, it is imperative to create an emotional connection. This is best accomplished when the audience can imagine themselves personally in the situation unfolding before their eyes. The film comes very close to an ideal juxtaposition of reality and fantasy to generate a synergy that carries the film as a truly worthy emotional voyage.
December 10, 2017
Surprisingly good! There are lots of references to old musicals and lovely arch theatrical style performances by some top people! Plus, nice nods to the Cocteau version and Luke Evans is fantastic (but to be fair, was given the best part!) Highly entertaining Sunday afternoon style viewing.
December 10, 2017
Emma Watson delights as Belle in this beautiful remake of the all-time classic movie.
December 9, 2017
I really wanted to like this, but it's a pretty mediocre imitation of the original. Zero points for originality and Emma Watson overacted in her role as per usual. Didn't mind Dan Stevens as the Beast though.
December 5, 2017
The movie in general is enjoyable; however, there are a few things that feel very forced. The cinematography and the music is breathtaking. The way the show the story of Belle and why she is who she is, is very well done.

On the other hand, The conflict on Lefou, feels extremely force. If the director wanted Lefou to be a gay is fine, but in he was a villain, and a mean one. It was like "uh oh he is gay he cannot be a villain".

The movie feels like it had to be politically correct regardless of the setting. I'm brown and I got bother by how much it seem like they had to have diversity instead of being truth to the setting.1700's France was not very diverse.

The directors/producers/film makers need to realized that it is not about racial diversity but a good story. It is great to have diversity but put it on the right setting. I'd love to see a movie about other cultures and races, just make sure the story is a good one.
November 28, 2017
Biggest let down is that Emma Watson can't sing. Really puts a huge dent in this movie. The original animated picture is far better in so many ways, not to mention much better singing. Plus, the original is iconic, and any re-make would have to be terrific, which this clearly isn't. None of the Harry Potter actors were great to begin with, the story and scenery stole those movies. And short, no-voice, Emma Watson, is no substitute for Belle.
½ November 27, 2017
It would be difficult to not compare this live-action remake to the animated 1991 classic. There are a few new plot points in this film, but it plays out like it wants to bring the animated tale to life, rather than reimagine it. However, in doing so, it beautifully accomplishes its goal. The set and costume designs are all incredible, and each member of the cast does a fine job. Special praise should be equally given to Watson, Evans, Gad, and Stevens. Hearing these classic Disney songs being recited beautifully by these actors will surely bring a smile to viewers' faces, especially if they were a child when the animated film was released, or even had a child during that time who is now an adult. Colorful and creative visual effects also accompany these numbers, and they're a joy to look at. While Bill Condon's film isn't exactly original, the live-action adaption of a classic animated tale is wonderfully realized as a solid traditional musical in its own right.
November 26, 2017
It is slightly overrated by everyone, but it's fine. Good cinematography, music numbers, and some fun moments. But those aren't enough to re-capture the magic and charm of the 1991 animated film. My recommendation... stick to the original version.
½ November 25, 2017
Great movie. Loses points for being a little on the social justice warrior side, making it a bit unnecessarily corny at times. Social justice is great - in this movie however, it seems forced. Otherwise a great movie.
½ November 22, 2017
I think Jim Carrey summed it up best in Liar Liar, "a worthless steaming pile of cow dung, figuratively speaking." This movie is done so poorly it's amazing. From the low budget CGI to the terrible acting and poor artistic and directional choices, the film is a flop from start to finish. Save yourself and your kids the suffering and just buy them the original animated version.
½ November 21, 2017
Really enjoyed this adaptation of the Disney beauty and the beast. It kept the singing and original tracks. The character Gaston didn?t really pull off the bad guy as well. Worth a watch if you enjoyed the cartoon version.
½ November 19, 2017
Really really bad cash trap by disney
November 17, 2017
This was the most beautiful film I have ever seen and they made just like the classic animated film. Well done Disney you made a classic to a real classic. Beautiful film ever.
November 16, 2017
Not much diffrent from the cartoon so...
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