BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Theatrical Release USA 2017)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Beauty and the Beast is a live action remake of the classically animated Beauty and the Beast story. It tops the charts for profitability generating over a billion dollars at box office, but fails in originality. The music is terrific. Emma Watson sings and one immediately thinks she should do more musicals. She shows a certain sophistication reminiscent of some of Julie Andrews’ earlier musical films; however, she lacks the certain sweet innocence that is necessary to pull this film into the best of the best category.

Storyline

Belle (Emma Watson) saves the Beast (Dan Stevens) and finds her happily ever after story.


Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Bill Condon for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Don Hahn, Thomas Schumacher, and Jeffrey Silver for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Gaston (Luke Evans), LeFou (Josh Gad), Maurice (Kevin Kline), Agathe/Enchantress (Hattie Morahan), Clothilde (Haydn Gwynne), and Jean the Potter (Gerard Horan).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The music is quite good and it’s interesting to see a live action version of this favorite childhood story.

Ben Meyers

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