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When her father (Kevin Kline) is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) inside a huge, wintry castle, Belle (Emma Watson) offers herself in exchange for his freedom. Another live-action remake of an animated Disney classic, looking more like a Broadway show than anything else. This one is beautiful and fun and has playful buoyancy and colorful opulence. Watson is radiant in the lead, the film has a few new songs and the 3D visuals really draw us into this fairytale world. But it can’t escape a certain sense of pointlessness considering how close it stays to the 1991 original.
2017-U.S. 129 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Bill Condon. Music: Alan Menken. Song: ”How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Alan Menken, Tim Rice). Production Design: Sarah Greenwood. Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran. Cast: Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (The Prince/Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor… Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson.
Trivia: Ryan Gosling was reportedly considered for a role.