Beauty and the Beast (PG)
2017 ( USA | UK ) ( Family, Fantasy, Musical )
DIRECTOR: Bill Condon
STARRING: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
A member’s choice film. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a glittering, swirling, twirling production that proves they can still make them like they did in the good old days. This live-action ‘Beauty And The Beast’ closely follows the Disney animated version from 1991 but often feels like a great musical from the 1960s. Director Bill Condon does full justice to the big musical numbers, staging them with toe-tapping energy and the kind of kaleidoscopic effervescence that was a hallmark of the great choreographer Busby Berkeley. He has also made a film that should appeal to adults and children alike. Dan Stevens’ beast looks a lot like the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard Of Oz and is more of a grumpy, sarcastic adolescent than a creature likely to scare the little ones.
With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh re-telling that honours its beloved source material.