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The live-action Beauty and the Beast is surprisingly good 

The singular affront is the title song.

click image This buffalo/Emma Watson romance proves to be more than an exercise in cash grabbery. - VIA IMDB
  • This buffalo/Emma Watson romance proves to be more than an exercise in cash grabbery.
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While essentially pointless, the surprisingly good live-action Beauty and the Beast is more than an exercise in cash grabbery. Emma Watson is an excellent Belle, and though the men are played by guys named “Dan Stevens” and “Luke Evans” (the male movie star is truly a non-event these days), they too comport themselves well, facially and vocally, as the Beast and Gaston, respectively. The movie is so well-cast that even the tiniest parts pop—Stanley Tucci wears gold shoes and doesn’t speak! Audra McDonald sings!—and that’s before you get to the peerless Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Directed by musical master Bill Condon, Beauty’s move from cartoon to real life takes on an odd tone, especially Gaston: When he’s rejected, his response is to destroy Belle’s family and burn down the castle of (who he perceives as) his competition. Just like a guy from the internet! The singular affront is the title song, reimagined as oatmeal by Ariana Grande and John Legend. Celine forever.

Beauty and the Beast
Rated PG · 139 min. · 2017
Official Site: movies.disney.com/beauty-and-the-beast-2017
Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos
Producer: David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Audra McDonald
Beauty and the Beast: An IMAX 3D Experience
Rated PG · 139 min. · 2017
Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Linda Woolverton, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos
Producer: David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Audra McDonald
Beauty and the Beast in Disney Digital 3D
Rated PG · 139 min. · 2017
Official Site: movies.disney.com/beauty-and-the-beast-2017
Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Linda Woolverton, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos
Producer: David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Audra McDonald
Beauty and the Beast: The IMAX Experience
Rated PG (MPAA) · 123 min. · 2017
Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Stephen Chbosky
Producer: David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman
Cast: Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Emma Thompson

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