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Beauty and the Beast

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  Beauty and the Beast Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
 
Average Rating
6.06 /10
 
Starring
Emma Watson , Dan Stevens, Gerard Horan
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Directed by: Bill Condon
Written by: Steven Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos , songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman

 
 
 
Released: 2017
   
Genre: DRAMA
UNDERRATED
MONSTER
FANTASY
REMAKE
ROMANCE
COSTUME
FAMILY
COMEDY
   
Origin: US/ UK
   
Length: 129
 
 


 
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Beauty and the Beast creates an air of enchantment from its first moments, one that lingers and builds and takes on qualities of warmth and generosity as it goes along.
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
There’s no need to worry that this version might crush the gentle charms of the 1991 picture: Even though Condon more or less faithfully follows that movie’s plot, this Beauty is its own resplendent creature.
(Stephanie Zacharek, Time )
It’s hard to imagine a better Belle than Watson, who radiates much the same intelligence and spunk that she brought to Hermione in the “Harry Potter” films. And Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) is excellent as the soulful Beast.
(Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
This Beauty and the Beast had me leaving the theater feeling utterly happy; like I’d spent time with old friends who’d grown and changed, and yet remained the same at heart.
(Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times)
Bill Condon’s take on Beauty and the Beast is almost overwhelmingly lavish, beautifully staged and performed with exquisite timing and grace by the outstanding cast.
(Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
Here’s some Disney magic for you: The new Beauty and the Beast actually improves upon the animated classic.
(Brian Truitt, USA Today)
This Beauty and the Beast isn’t predicated on starry-eyed romance or animal attraction, but the solace of mutual loss and understanding, which makes it all the sweeter.
(Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)
It’s quite good, thanks to the sturdiness of the story, the jaw-dropping visuals and, most importantly, the one thing the first film didn’t offer: Emma Watson. Read full review
(Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic)
Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), as the Beast, has the heaviest lift. He’s emoting through a CGI veil that never quite feels real. But his cranky character is more engaging this time around.
(Sara Stewart, New York Post)
This is a lavish pull-out-all-the-stops musical.
(Cath Clarke, Time Out London)
Its classicism feels unforced and fresh. Its romance neither winks nor panders. It looks good, moves gracefully and leaves a clean and invigorating aftertaste. I almost didn’t recognize the flavor: I think the name for it is joy.
(A.O. Scott, New York Times)
Those who predicted this wouldn’t hold a talking candle to the animated original will be pleasantly surprised. The tale may be as old as time, but it’s retold with freshness, brio and flair.
(Nick de Semlyen, Empire
It’s the music that makes it particularly special, and appreciating that is entirely the point of the live-action remake.
(Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph)

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