Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Movie review - Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (2017) / fantasy

Directed by Bill Condon
Produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman
Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos
Based on Disney's Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Trailer: click.

Beautiful and faithful to a classic but missing the charm!

I still think those live-action remakes are unnecessary but I overall like Disney very much and the original is one of my favorites. The film is absolutely beautiful: the music, the costumes and the whole setting. It's faithful to a classic yet still fresh a bit with new songs (maybe there are almost too many of them) and some changes from the original - some were good. And I loved voices from Ewan and Ian. On the negative side. For me Beast was less charming as original and they made him way too mellow. Also the ending was kitschy. Emma did a good job but I felt she tried to capture original Belle too much. Magic and charm from the original animation is missing but it's still nice and worth seeing. 4-/5

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