In the new romantic fantasy musical film based on the 1991 animated classic, “Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson as a woman who is taken hostage by a creature in his charmed castle and quickly discovers to see past his beastly form while dodging an egotistic huntsman who aims to take her for himself.
“Beauty and the Beast” retells the enchanting story of Belle, a cheerful, lovely and strong young woman who is captured and taken captive by a mysterious beast in his mesmerizing castle. Notwithstanding her worries, she slowly assists and helps the castle’s bewitched staff and discovers to see past the Beast’s gruesome surface and recognize the caring emotion and compassion of the true Prince that dwells deep inside. The film also stars Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.
Two weeks prior to the film’s nationwide release, I had the opportunity to experience director Bill Condon’s live-action version of the animated classic.
“Beauty and the Beast” is an exciting and faithful retelling of the animated classic. From the opening musical number set in a small village, the film is delightful in its execution and tone. Emma Watson breathes compassion, femininity and love into her version of Belle. And fans are sure to be entertained by the numerous musical numbers and brash action sequences that are full of spellbinding visuals. Director Condon makes sure to give fans something both familiar and new. The film is sure to continue Disney’s recent trend of live-action remakes of classic animated tales.
Here are some reactions from audience members who attended the screening on Thursday:
Thanks to Moroch and Coog Radio for the chance to see the film early in IMAX. “Beauty and the Beast” opens in theaters nationwide March 17!