Renaissance Stockholm Syndrome; or the one where the CGI beast has more facial expression than Watson; or 50 Shades of Beastiality; or copy-paste with lesser magic; or "we ran out of ideas so we are making remakes to collect some coins". One star for at least making Gaston Song and Be Our Guest still funny and magical; another star for the gay add up - I think it was clever and necessary.
There are indeed filmmaking moments of brilliance scattered throughout this Bill Condon remake of the classic property but it still fails to make the same impact the '91 Disney re-imagining did. The emotional resonance of that version is missing here lost amongst the visual effects and fast paced charge through the story. Watson and Brown both hit their marks but Luke Evans and Josh Gad impress most performance wise.
Some superbly progressive moments but an entirely unnecessary live-action remake that owes very little to Cocteau's original and exclusively to the Disney adaptation. Quite a harsh evaluation should not negate the quality of the ensemble.
I didn't enjoy some "original" scenes being cut and didn't care all that much for the new ones but it's hard to not enjoy this one. You can see the atention for every little detail on screen. This was beautifully made! I'm nostalgic for this one. It was a remake that didn't know I wanted. Gotta see it again.
Works best when it's trying to be a Broadway/musical production moreso than an actual film with a coherent story. As I predicted, the story is fantastical to a fault, meaning we never get to really see Belle and the Beast's relationship develop into anything that isn't based on surface-level qualities (quite ironic given the inherent concept). It's fun, it moves, but it's questionably memorable.