Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Director Bill Condon takes a Disney animated classic and creates a live action film in the family fantasy, Beauty and the Beast. When an enchantress (Hattie Morahan) is angered by a prince, she changes him into a Beast (Dan Stevens) and all his servants into household objects and furniture. They are cursed to live in a forgotten castle for the rest of their lives unless the Beast can find true love. In a nearby French village, a beautiful girl named Belle (Emma Watson) is an outcast who lives with her father Maurice (Kevin Kline). One day Maurice blunders into the old castle and is captured by the Beast. When Belle finds out her father is being held hostage she volunteers to live with the Beast if he lets her father go free. While living there she becomes friends with the Beast and gets to know the inhabitants of the doomed castle. This film is full of stars like Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson. The cast was great and Emma Watson was good, but she just seemed to lack the warmth that I expected in a Disney princess. I wouldn’t complain about the Beast except my friend told me the Beast’s animated face looked weird and didn’t fit the body. (Since I’m blind I could care less what his face looks like.) Overall, the film was enjoyable but seemed to be a little flat and felt like I was watching a better written and produced Twilight film. That’s right – Bill Condon directed the last two Twilight movies and you can feel the similarities. Don’t worry it’s not that bad and the music is as wonderful as expected. The whole cast can sing and Emma Watson surprised me with her vocal range. The movie cost 200 million to produce so it has plenty of positive aspects. Families should enjoy this film but it just lacks the magic of the animated movie from 1991 and I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.