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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

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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.

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Experience the tale as old as time. See more »


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Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images | See all certifications »

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17 March 2017 (USA)  »

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$160,000,000 (estimated)

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$174,750,616 (USA) (17 March 2017)

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$473,038,509 (USA) (26 April 2017)
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The casting of Emma Watson as Belle was considered fortuitous by the producers and even herself. The studio unanimously decided that she was the only choice because the character is considered the fantasy, classical-period equivalent of Watson's signature role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series and the anti-thesis of the title role of Cinderella, which she turned down, due to the character's lack of integrity and independence. As for Watson, she said that Belle is her favorite cartoon character of all time, having known most of the numbers in the animated version by heart, and once said she would want to play a live-version, which gives her a head start advantage into performing her role. See more »

Goofs

When Belle and Maurice are locked in the asylum cart the mob go right behind the cart to get to the castle. When Belle escapes on Philippe, she goes left. She also manages to gain a cardigan/coat between the village and the castle. See more »

Quotes

Belle: [to the Beast, after he's wounded during the wolf fight] You have to help me. You have to stand.
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Crazy Credits

The Walt Disney Pictures logo features the Prince's castle (with Villeneuve village in the background) in the evening before his masquerade party starts. A rosebush appears near the castle and the Enchantress picks a rose from it, leading into the opening. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 31 January 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

How Does a Moment Last Forever
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Vocal Produced by Humberto Gatica
Vocal Mixed by Humberto Gatica and Martin Nessi
Performed by Céline Dion
Celine Dion appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.
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Overstuffed and lacks the charm of the original
3 March 2017 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to this film. Not only has Disney recently made excellent live-action versions of their animated masterpieces (Jungle Book, Cinderella), but the cast alone (Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline) already seemed to make this one a sure hit. Well, not so much as it turns out.

Some of the animation is fantastic, but because characters like Cogsworth (the clock), Lumière (the candelabra) and Chip (the little tea cup) now look "realistic", they lose a lot of their animated predecessors' charm and actually even look kind of creepy at times. And ironically - unlike in the animated original - in this new realistic version they only have very limited facial expressions (which is a creative decision I can't for the life of me understand).

Even when it works: there can be too much of a good thing. The film is overstuffed with lush production design and cgi (which is often weirdly artificial looking though) but sadly lacking in charm and genuine emotion. If this were a music album, I'd say it is "over-produced" and in need of more soul and swing. The great voice talent in some cases actually seems wasted, because it drowns in a sea of visual effects that numbs all senses. The most crucial thing that didn't work for me, though, is the Beast. He just never looks convincing. The eyes somehow don't look like real eyes and they're always slightly off.

On the positive side, I really liked Gaston, and the actor who played him, Luke Evans, actually gave the perhaps most energized performance of all. Kevin Kline as Belle's father has little to do but to look fatherly and old, but he makes the most of his part. Speaking of Belle, now that I've seen the film, I think her role was miscast. I think someone like Rachel McAdams would actually have been a more natural, lively and perhaps a bit more feisty Belle than Emma Watson.

If you love the original, you might want to give this one a pass, it's really not that good (although at least the songs were OK). Also, I'd think twice before bringing small children; without cute animated faces, all those "realistic" looking creatures and devices can be rather frightening for a child.


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