The tale of Beauty and the Beast is as old as time and now gets the live-action remake treatment from Disney.
Harry Potter’s Emma Watson plays the bored Belle, whose beauty plants her in the blinkers of town hunk Gaston (Luke Evans), who’s determined to woo and marry her. When Belle’s father (Kevin Kline) is held prisoner in the castle of a cursed Beast (Dan Stevens), Belle sets off to rescue him, and, well, you know the rest…
Once you get past the rather unsettling anthropomorphised furniture, teapots and candlesticks, this is a thoroughly delightful reimagination featuring all the songs from the 1991 original, plus a few new ones thrown in. And the choreography is marvellous – we recommend paying special attention to ‘Gaston’. Watson is magical as Belle – helped largely by her similar role as Hermione, we assume; Luke Evans is a suitably brash Gaston; and you’ll care more for Dan Stevens’ sheltered Beast than you did for his cartoon counterpart.
While most would argue that the animated version is perfect, and if it ain’t broke… but in many regards, director Bill Condon improves upon it and gives us something that wasn’t there before.
Release Date: 21 June 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray 3D
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
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EXTRASDVD & BD
- “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video by Ariana Grande and John Legend
- Enchanted Table Read
- A Beauty of a Tale
- The Women Behind Beauty and the Beast
- From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences:
– “Be Our Guest”
– “Beauty and the Beast”
- Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” with intro by Bill Condon
- Deleted Scenes
- Making the Music Video: Beauty and the Beast
- Making a Moment with Celine Dion