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. Sing-along version.
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.
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.