Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Bill Condon (2017)

123min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Not as transfixing, captivating or emotionally resonant as Disney's 1991 animation classic, director Bill Condon's live-action remake of their romantic musical fairy tale is a spectacular success in terms of sumptuous production and lavish digital finessing. Main tweaks to the core "beauty is only skin deep" fable - captive Belle (Emma Watson) must succumb to the charms of the cursed Beast (Dan Stevens) before his enchanted rose dies - include extended backstories explaining the fate of Belle's mother and the sexuality of LeFou (Josh Gadd), Gaston's (Luke Evans) sidekick. New songs (lyrics by Tim Rice) augment the now evergreen favourites with the Busby Berkeley-inspired Be Our Guest still the undisputed showstopper. It incorporates themes of ethnic tolerance and feminism among its more epic magical components, and Condon has sublime fun with cues taken from other famous musicals and even Watson's past Harry Potter life, in gloomy castle interiors that echo Hogwarts and Cocteau's 1946 masterpiece.

Cast & Crew

Belle Emma Watson
Beast / Prince Adam Dan Stevens
Gaston Luke Evans
LeFou Josh Gad
Maurice Kevin Kline
Lumiere Ewan McGregor
Mrs Potts Emma Thompson
Cogsworth Ian McKellen
Cadenza Stanley Tucci
Agathe Hattie Morahan
Plumette Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Madame Garderobe Audra McDonald
Jean the potter Gerard Horan
Chip Nathan Mack
Cothilde Haydn Gwynne
Père Robert Ray Fearon
Monsieur D'arque Adrian Schiller
Director Bill Condon
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: DisneyAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 17 Mar 2017