Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

(2017)

Experience the tale as old as time.

A quarter-century on from the animated classic, Disney brings the romance fantasy tale to life in live-action. Directed by Oscar-winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), starring Emma Watson as the headstrong Belle, Dan Stevens (TV's Downton Abbey) as the cursed Beast, Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) as the burly brute Gaston, and Josh Gad (Pixels) as Gaston's sidekick Le Fou.... More

Beauty and the Beast is 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 realise the kind heart and soul of the true prince within.Hide

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  • Three cheers for director Bill Condon and star Emma Watson for having the courage to make a live-action adaptation with 2017 gender politics. Full Review

  • It's a lovingly crafted movie, and in many ways a good one, but before that it's an enraptured piece of old-is-new nostalgia. Full Review

  • It's a Michelin-triple-starred master class in patisserie skills that transforms the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush into a kind of crystal meth-like narcotic high that lasts about two hours. Full Review

  • 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 flavour: I think the name for it is joy. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • ...he [Condon] has taken a sleek and elegant 84-minute fairy tale ... and spun from it a 129-minute epic of extravagance, a gilded monument to the more-is-more principle. Full Review

  • There’s enough darkness to give it a bit of edge, but plenty of laughs for levity, and also moments sure to elicit tears. Full Review

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