Beauty and the Beast
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Disney’s classic animated film comes to life – literally – in this live-action reinvention of Beauty and the Beast. It’s a tale as old as time: a man is cursed into a beastly body, until he can love and be loved in return. A woman volunteers to be the Beast’s prisoner, to save her father from his punishment. Romance, roses, talking household items, and songs ensue. Emma Watson is a perfectly bookish Belle, and Dan Stevens is her monstrous Beast. Luke Evans plays the self-absorbed and self-assured Gaston, while Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ewan McGregor, and Ewan McGregor’s French accent voice the enchanted objects/staff of Beast’s castle. Hey, since this is a Disney film, do you think somehow McGregor’s Lumière is also a Jedi? Talk about a shared universe....
- Emma Watson
- Dan Stevens
- Luke Evans
- Josh Gad
- Kevin Kline
- Hattie Morahan
- Haydn Gwynne
- Gerard Horan
- Ray Fearon
- Ewan McGregor
Did You Know?
- Emma Watson revealed to fans that she would be playing the role of Belle, before it even went on record. A big fan of Beauty and the Beast (1991) since childhood, she told her fans that her "six year old self is on the ceiling, heart bursting."
- In between shots when the mob first enters the castle, the arm LeFou uses to hold his torch switches from being over his head, to across his chest, and back again.
- [Belle enters the castle]
- Lumière: Cogsworth, look! A beautiful girl!
- Cogsworth: Yes, I can see it's a girl; I've lost my hands, not my eyes.
- Lumière: What if she is *the one*? The one who will break the spell?
- Belle: Hello? Who said that?
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An amazing film that will always be a tale as old as time.
As great as the cartoon.
Bill Condon’s live-action update of Beauty and the Beast is more reimagining than remake, a lavish and lovely take on a familiar tale (as old as time, no doubt) that enriches its source material without betraying it.
More than a quarter of a century later, Beauty and the Beast enchants again as a swirling blend of live-action story, stage, screen and sheer, rococo-spun fantasy.
It’s a Michelin-triple-starred master class in patisserie skills that transforms the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush into a kind of crystal meth-like narcotic high that lasts about two hours. Only once viewers have come down and digested it all might they feel like the whole experience was actually a little bland, lacking in depth and so effervescent as to be almost instantly forgettable.