Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.
According to Emma Watson, when her character Belle had to be intentionally struck in the face by a snowball, the whole sequence required numerous attempts until a satisfactory hit was accomplished. In the end, Emma had to keep moving her face/target into the line of fire in order to increase the chances of a direct hit. See more »
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. See more »
[to the reflection of himself in a mirror]
You are the wildest, most gorgeous thing I've ever seen! Nobody deserves you...
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The Disney logo features the Beast's enchanted castle in the evening before the party started See more »
Underwhelming - some lovely scenes but the CGI face of Beast is a constant distraction
Up front: I'm probably not the right audience for this film. I only went because I was invited, and I wouldn't have gone to check this one out otherwise.
Firstly, some of the production values are really beautiful and reminded me of the animated classic in a good way. Also, the voice cast for the clock and the kitchen devices are great.
Secondly, the actors, well... this may sound kind of harsh, but I've never seen Emma Watson act so stiff in a movie. Her performance is wooden, which is pretty bad considering she's supposed to be the heart of the film. Also, she probably won't start a singing career anytime soon.
Thirdly (and most importantly), Beast. That's where they really dropped the ball. Giving him a lifeless CGI face was an unforgivable mistake, and it's such a constant distraction that I could never really get into the movie.
Overall, I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend this movie, at least not to adults. I'm sure most kids would enjoy it though, and it's not really a bad film: just a very mediocre one. 6 stars out of 10.
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