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About the Movie
The story and characters you know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Experience the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff, and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 280
- Fresh: 198
- Rotten: 82
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: What Beauty and the Beast rises or falls on is the love story, and here, allowed to slow down to let in intimate moments, the movie catches fire. It's an exhilarating gift.
Rotten: Very little is new, apart from some superfluous backstories and the occasional household object. But everything old feels empty and dull.
Fresh: The sheer dexterity is overwhelming, and only the sternest viewer will be able to resist the onslaught of such thoroughly marketed magic.
Fresh: It's a tale as old as time, but in its latest imagining it still feels fresh.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ Revels in Joy and Enchantment
Last night, I went to go see one of my all-time favorite animated movies be transformed into live-action. Did it live up to my expectations? Was it as good as the original? The following is my review on the movie…
MOVIE REVIEW: Having just achieved the single best year for any studio in history, Disney looks to continue its remarkable run in 2017. This year Disney starts with one if it’s heaviest hitters of all time — Beauty and the Beast.
This “Tale as old as time” is a gorgeous, entertaining story which will make you believe fairy tales actually exist. Disney basically took all the original beats from the kids 1991 animated classic but retold it with all the detail, emotions and realism of a story for adults…and it works.
Emma Watson is the perfect Belle! Her acting is spot on and her singing, while somewhat auto-tuned, worked wonderfully for her character. Dan Stevens’s Beast was visually stunning and had a surprising amount of emotional depth. My absolute Favorite NEW song, (which had me in tears by the end) was “Evermore”, which Dan Stevens sang the heck out of. This original song by Alan Menken was a complete showstopper!!
Now one of the GOOD changes they made to this film is Kevin Kline’s Maurice, who truly is a superstar in this film! Both his performance and his character development are superb. While Luke Evans’s Gaston, was a very realistic evil. An EVIL that twists the truth and deceptively sneaks up on you throughout the film. Unfortunately, the more evil Gaston became in this film, the more Josh Gad’s Le Fou (Gaston’s side kick) just didn’t know what to do with himself and ultimately fell flat.
Which brings me to the one thing I really dislike about the film, Le Fou. I would say without a doubt, the underlining reason for so much animosity and bad reviews coming out, is because of the changes they made to Le Fou. Without giving any spoilers away, they changed Le Fou from being the “stupid”, side-kick, bad guy (he originally was in the animated movie)…to now being a scene-stealing, misunderstood good-guy. And unfortunately it just doesn’t work. Also regarding the “CONTROVERSY” surrounding this movie, my friend Meghan said it best: “Beauty and the Beast had me smiling and crying from beginning to end. Don't boycott this for reasons that you've heard from the media because they're simply…exaggerating the truth!”
In summary, Beauty and the Beast transports us back to the beauty of old-time Hollywood. Where lavish sets, big name actors and HUGE musical numbers aren’t frowned upon but cherished. And while it may fall flat and not quite reach the magical heights I’d hoped for, it gets close… VERY close.
Fun retelling. Love both.
It's a fun revisit to the story. It also digs deeper into the characters, which was nice. The changes in the story and the retelling of the story, I like much better in this verison. The animated characters Belle and Beast were actually acted better than the live-action actors, which is a testiment to the animators work. There's a lot to like about this one and a lot to like about the animated one. Get both and enjoy.
A Tale as Old as Time
I had some fears when it came to this movie, one being that it would be cheesy or that the casting would not live up to the original characters. Overall, I think they pretty much nailed it with all the characters and they all did a wonderful job of impersonating their character. The movie pretty much stuck to the original, but I loved that they included some twists to the plot and some new songs. I wasn't blown away with this movie, but the special effects were dazzling to look at and I enjoyed reliving a Disney classic.
- Genre: Kids & Family
- Released: 2017
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