Beauty and the Beast
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An amazing film that will always be a tale as old as time.
As great as the cartoon.
In the new film beauty is sought, and seldom found, in glitzy surfaces. Enchantment is chased, and never captured, in extravagant set pieces that owe less to fairy-tale tradition than to Cirque du Soleil grandiosity.
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.
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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?