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Beauty and the Beast

  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • 2017
  • Bill Condon
  • 123 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans. The bookish daughter of a clockmaker embarks on a dangerous quest when her father becomes lost in the woods, and discovers a Gothic castle that is home to a fearsome beast and his magically cursed servants. Can Belle learn to love the beast and break the spell?

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Although not quite as captivating as Disney's 1991 animated classic, director Bill Condon's live-action remake of the fairy tale is a spectacular success in terms of production values and design. Emma Watson plays Belle, who is held captive by the cursed Beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle, where she slowly falls for his charms. Among the main tweaks to the story are extended backstories explaining the fate of Belle's mother and the sexuality of LeFou (Josh Gad), the sidekick of arrogant hunter Gaston (Luke Evans). New songs (with lyrics by Tim Rice) augment the now evergreen favourites, with the Busby Berkeley-inspired Be Our Guest the undisputed showstopper. The film should also be applauded for incorporating themes of ethnic tolerance and feminism among the more traditional components.

Credits

Cast

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BelleEmma Watson
Beast / Prince AdamDan Stevens
GastonLuke Evans
LeFouJosh Gad
MauriceKevin Kline
LumiereEwan McGregor
Mrs PottsEmma Thompson
CogsworthIan McKellen
CadenzaStanley Tucci
AgatheHattie Morahan
PlumetteGugu Mbatha-Raw
Madame GarderobeAudra McDonald
Jean the potterGerard Horan
ChipNathan Mack
CothildeHaydn Gwynne
Père RobertRay Fearon
Monsieur D'arqueAdrian Schiller

Crew

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DirectorBill Condon

Details

Theatrical distributor
Disney
Released on
2017-03-17
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour

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