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Disney once again proves that they can do no wrong with their new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Read More

 

At least the 3D effects are interesting in this mostly unnecessary remake. Emma Watson's performance in Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' live action remake is one-dimensional. Read More

By dezmozegreato January 12, 2018

What a fantastic movie with great graphics. I was amazed at how well the beast was rendered, you never had to think about the fact that it was CGI. The story kept my entire family interested and scared to leave for popcorn. My only concern was the gay references, I don’t think there was any added value other than shock, and **I don’t like shock in my Disney movies**. Moving forward, the story was easy to follow and it followed the typical Disney Princess theme perfectly. The singing was delightful and the cast did a great job making the moment real. I think this movie will stand the test of time just as the original.

By Marypsa July 31, 2017

JUST INCREDIBLE

> I fell in love with that movie!The actors performed fantastically and the effects were so well-maid.It is a classic movie.The best Beauty and the Beast version!!The alive castle was so magical,the effects so realistic and the characters so sympathetic...It was just PERFECT!

By Reno June 18, 2017

**Only beauty would conquer the beast!**

This is not the first time screen adaptation, that means every one of us have seen either version of the films according to what generation we belong. Mine was the animated one and then there was a modern-day version called 'Beastly'. Not to forget there's a recent French version made on the big scale that I yet to watch. So it's not about the story at all. It is about the quality of film, performances, and particularly how the modern technology used to narrate the story.

Like the recent Disney's live-actions 'Cinderella', 'The BFG', 'The Jungle Book' and many more, this is another excellently adapted film from the book. Though visually it tried to be true to the original, and that's absolutely great thinking. Because in this modern world, we all try something new out of the original contents for sometimes to mess it up.

Excellent casting, the beauty was the best pick among all. The graphics were awesome. The CGI beast was flawless, yet that usual dark and cloudy atmosphere helped it to be so perfect. Since it is listed under Musical, I was worried about the songs. I truly don't like modern Musicals. But this film was not completely filled with songs. Yes, there were like half a dozen, but good ones. Retained the songs from the 1991 film, and in addition three new were composed.

I did not think the Disney would get away with consecutive successes. Great achievement, and their attempts were very precautionary on their every step. Now this is Disney's second highest grossed film ever and first in live-action. The film was for all ages unlike old Disney films. That's the best thing about the modern Disney films that they have adopted. Definitely recommended for at least once watch it.

_8/10_

By Gimly April 6, 2017

Disney's done a great job with Gaston and The Beast, the two aspects that I always thought would be the most important, and the most difficult, to nail.

_Final rating:★★★ - I personally recommend you give it a go._

By Salt-and-Limes March 22, 2017

**Spoilers**

The live action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" was good, but it failed to capture the magic of the cartoon version. There were somethings that they got right, and others that dragged on.

I thought "Be Our Guest" was done beautifully. The 3d made it even more enchanting. The main characters' backstories also added some depth to them. However, there were some scenes that I felt added nothing to the story. Such as the search for Belle by Gaston and her father. The "No one is like Gaston" scene didn't have the bravado or arrogance of the original.

I also felt that Luke Evans was miscast. He wasn't the handsomest guy in town, nor was he the strongest. Which is why it was hard for me to accept him as the character. Emma Watson was serviceable. Her voice was fine, but it wasn't strong enough to carry Belle's songs. Dan Stevens was the best part of the film. I felt that he should have had more songs, because he has a beautiful baritone. Although his beast costume should have been more frightening.

Overall, it's a fun film to watch. Though, I wouldn't call it a classic.

By Salt-and-Limes March 22, 2017

**Spoilers**

The live action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" was good, but it failed to capture the magic of the cartoon version. There were somethings that they got right, and others that dragged on.

I thought "Be Our Guest" was done beautifully. The 3d made it even more enchanting. The main characters' backstories also added some depth to them. However, there were some scenes that I felt added nothing to the story. Such as the search for Belle by Gaston and her father. The "No one is like Gaston" scene didn't have the bravado or arrogance of the original.

I also felt that Luke Evans was miscast. He wasn't the handsomest guy in town, nor was he the strongest. Which is why it was hard for me to accept him as the character. Emma Watson was serviceable. Her voice was fine, but it wasn't strong enough to carry Belle's songs. Dan Stevens was the best part of the film. I felt that he should have had more songs, because he has a beautiful baritone. Although his beast costume should have been more frightening.

Overall, it's a fun film to watch. Though, I wouldn't call it a classic.

By Richard von Busack March 16, 2017

During the reign of Louis XVI or thereabouts, pilfering a rose from a cursed castle's garden is punishable by life imprisonment. The castle's owner is an ornery, hairy and horned monster (Dan Stevens). But he'll accept a substitute prisoner, like loyal daughter Belle (Emma Watson), who arrives to ransom her father (Kevin Kline) and take his place.

One of the blandest, most nervous and most cluttered fairy tale movies that Disney has ever released--Bill Condon's redo is a rococo La La Fantasyland, complete with sort-of dancing and autotuned singing. It's stagebound, with the 3D providing depth of field at a cost of blurry color; on the bright side it recreates the format's original appeal by aiming a lot of projectiles at the audience's eyes.

It's loaded with the stodgy rhyming dictionary-heavy lyrics from Disney's 1991 animated feature, Beauty and the Beast. It has been a quarter of a century since the cartoon version came out. A remake isn't unwarranted, even if there are fans who considered the animated version superfluous, on the grounds that Jean Cocteau's 1946 version is one of the most priceless gems in the trove of cinema. The integrated cast is an admirable touch, though Kenneth Branagh got little attention 20 years ago for doing this in his Hamlet.

One is grateful for the harrumphing Ian McKellan as an attendant changed into a clock. Josh Gad's gay buddy LaFou is a feature, not a bug. The hot topic of his gayness is hotter to those who never attended the careers of Edward Everett Horton and David Wayne as the best friend types in classic musicals. While LeFou angers all the right people, it doesn't change the basic uninteresting dynamic of this romance.

The movie sprints between the castle and the village, but there's no way to cut around Emma Watson's inexperience as a leading lady--this perennial girl next door doesn't have the incandescence to light up this movie. She's maternal, not ardent, and she never really wrestles with her feelings. (Stevens' beast roars and leaps, but he's a big softy; there are teddy bears that have more masculine threat.)

Condon sources Busby Berkeley to the "Be Our Guest" number, with plates and napkins whirling in formation; the tune salutes the bending over backwards required in a service economy, honoring the servant who longs to serve. One never feels the sorrow or anger of humans turned into objects just because they were at the wrong place and the wrong time. The ADD franticness of this enchanted supper could be contrasted with the pensiveness of Alison Sudal whipping up the strudel out of the air in Fantastic Beasts.

At one point, a magic book in the Beast's library leads Belle and the Beast to a garret inside a Montmartre windmill, and the exteriors of Paris at night are as foreboding as a Gustave Dore illustration--it's some of the only original material in this remake, a rare instance of surprise in this movie.