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Beauty and the Beast (2017)



Critic Consensus: With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material.

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Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. "Beauty and the Beast" is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar (R) winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle's eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston's long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe (R) nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award (R) winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. Directed by Oscar (R) winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, "Beauty and the Beast" is produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (R) (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. "Beauty and the Beast" will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

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Dan Stevens
as Beast/Prince
Luke Evans
as Gaston
Kevin Kline
as Maurice
Josh Gad
as Le Fou
Audra McDonald
as Garderobe
Ian McKellen
as Cogsworth
Emma Thompson
as Mrs. Potts
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Critic Reviews for Beauty and the Beast

All Critics (381) | Top Critics (78)

Unfortunately, the more "real" the movie tries to make everything appear, the harder it becomes to ignore that the necessity to their falling in love isn't particularly romantic

December 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
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Its misguided attempts to secure Best Original Song nominations bloat like a puffer fish, turning a swift 90-minute movie into a cumbersome two-hour snoozefest.

November 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The live-action remake of the 1991 Disney classic hits all the right nostalgic notes - if only it dared to take a few more risks.

August 10, 2017 | Full Review…

It's just a straightforward retelling of the original, with a few cosmetic changes tacked on to make it look like something else.

June 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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Bill Condon's live-action remake of Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise's Beauty and the Beast (1991), the high point of Disney's animation renaissance, is as bloated, awkward, and aggressive as the cartoon feature is fleet and graceful.

May 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The film is certainly a spectacle -- so congratulations, Disney CGI wizards! And there's enough talent involved -- not to mention the good bones of the original story and music -- to make it more than watchable

March 23, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beauty and the Beast

The real action version of the classic Disney film does have lovely colorful sets and a pretty perfect cast. It's especially nice to see Kevin Kline and Emma Watson does work wonderfully as Belle. The songs (not counting the outstanding title one) are a bit hit and miss but the film's biggest problem is the computer animated Beast. That becomes apparent during his solo song, where the creature sometimes feels sterile and fake. A beautiful mask and make-up would have worked wonders. Fans of the material should still be pleased, especially the finale is pretty good. But man, do I miss good make-up effects.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Chock full of the Disney magic we've all come to expect and then some, this work is infused with nearly an in-your-face undertone: "magic suckers!", that almost feels desperate. As well, there are politically correct minor cast substitutions that felt forced. Still, the Mouse is nobody's fool.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

One cannot help but to compare this "Beauty And The Beast" with the Disney cartoon, given that it hews so closely to the original cartoon version. At times in the beginning, the films seemed shot-for-shot duplicates. In that light, the live-action music, characters and singing just aren't as "big" as those in the animated film. However, making such a comparison, is not fair to this live-action version, which itself is very fine. The sets and costumes are spectacular. The CGI is (mostly) impressive. (Just avoid looking at the Beast's face throughout the film and you'll think it was faultless.) The music is marvelous on its own, even if most of the new numbers are lackluster. This version is a definite five-star film on its own, which would be clearly evident it it didn't have to measure up to its predecessor.

Christian C
Christian C

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