BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PG)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PG)
Run time: 123 mins
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans ,Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson
Synopsis: The fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Screening types: 3D/2D/4DX/ViP/Subtitled/Superscreen
Disney’s 1991 animated classic gets a glorious and sumptuous live-action reboot with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles. This greatest of all fairy stories about the transforming power of love is a visual feast using the latest motion capture and GCI technology for this”tale as old as time.”
Twilight director Bill Condon brings a lavish sense of magic to this all-star remake with a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos based on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991) and “Beauty and the Beast” by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.
Alan Menken returns to score the film’s music, which features memorable songs from the original film which he co-wrote with Howard Ashman, plus new songs written by Ashman and Tim Rice.
During the mid 17th century in a French village, Villeneuve Belle (Emma Watson) is a bookish young woman and keen inventor who lives with her kindly father, Maurice (Kevin Kline) but whose horizons spread beyond her small town.
She is constantly pestered with advances by the local rake, Gaston (Luke Evans) but fends him off. When her father disappears after visiting a mysterious castle, Belle goes in search of him and is shocked to learn that he is the prisoner of the monstrous Beast (Dan Stevens) and volunteers to take his place. Initially terrified of her captor, she soon learns about how he was transformed from a handsome prince into his current state and his servants into inanimate objects by a magical curse. A tender love story soon develops.
There is great nostalgic pleasure in being carried into the superb Busby Berkeley style animated sequences involving household crockery, and the spectacle of the huge, epic castle with interiors which acknowledge the dream-like qualities of Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête (1946).
Anchored by Watson and Stevens, the superb ensemble also features Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts and Josh Gad as LeFou.
Everything you want from an old fashioned musical fairy-tale film for all the family.
Images courtesy of Disney