Those who predicted this wouldn’t hold a talking candle to the animated original will be pleasantly surprised. The tale may be as old as time, but it’s retold with freshness, brio and flair.
A delightful live-action recreation of a familiar fable. You’ve seen it before, but its spirit and pizzaz are pretty much irresistible.
It’s an efficient BATB, machine-tooled for sweetness, with flashes of fun, destined to be the centrepiece of a million teen sleepovers.
The material is played with a very straight bat, but this is still a total delight.
Beauty and the Beast is still an enjoyable watch for all its bells and whistles, but it’s not going to be remembered as a worthy remake in this new stream that Disney is churning out.
Beautifully crafted retelling of the tale as old as time, starring Emma Watson and a scene-stealing Luke Evans.
Disney’s latest raid on its classic animation vaults, but unlike last year’s update of The Jungle Book, there’s no technological justification for doing a live action transition.
Filming a new version of Beauty And The Beast does feel like Disney is playing it safe but when it provides such good cheer, soaring songs and brings a tear to the eye, you really can’t deny that the oldest of tales still works its magic.
Bill Condon’s live-action recasting of the Disney classic is ornate to the point of desperation.
Beauty and the Beast: feminist or fraud?
General release. Check local listings for show times.