Release Date: March 17, 2017
Run Time: 2 hours 9 minutes
After Credit Scene: NO
IMAX Viewing: NO
3D Viewing: NO
Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 6.5 out of 10
A Non Spoiler Review
The classic animated Beauty and the Beast was great and was the second movie in the resurgence of Disney’s animated films that began in 1989 with The Little Mermaid. In 1991, Beauty and the Beast was released and was a big success. Nice story, comedy, singing. It was your typical Disney animated movie. Now, over 15 years later we are getting the live action film.
What works: the story is still intact as this is nearly a literal retelling of its animated predecessor. There are some minor changes to the films story from the animated movie, but not too significant. The songs are still peppy and a fun part of the story. The casting was well done. The “Be Our Guest” scene is still wonderfully done.
What doesn’t work: I felt like there were moments in the film where Emma Watson just wasn’t feeling it. Maybe she was directed that way or didn’t really capture the Belle that we saw in the animated film. The Beast, although wonderfully cast, was all cgi and it shows far too much and it never allowed me to buy into the performance. This was also my feeling for all the supporting characters as well. With live action, you don’t always pull off the fluidity of a scene or in some cases, the scene is arranged such that if you have seen the original you may notice many of the minor changes that couldn’t be done with live performers.
Looking at the film as a whole, the live action film falls short from the original 1991 film. For those of us who saw the original, we may come out of the movie feeling that it just wasn’t as good as the original. For those kids today who haven’t seen the original, they may just love it. The film has been in theaters a while now so it is holding strong, but you may see it fall from first run theaters very soon with the summer releases well under way.
I have a feeling when this movie comes to dvd, more people will want to watch the animated film over this modern day live action remake. Beauty and the Beast will be best viewed in a theater than home viewing, so if you plan on seeing this movie with kids, go to the theater.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 6.5.
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