Beauty and the Beast

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Bill Condon
Run Time: 
129 mins
Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline

Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") directs Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, ”a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic. As before, it follows the fantastic journey of Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film co-stars Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Ian McKellen as Cosgworth.

"'Beauty and the Beast' creates an air of enchantment from its first moments, one that lingers and builds and takes on qualities of warmth and generosity as it goes along." - San Francisco Chronicle

"There’s no need to worry that this version might crush the gentle charms of the 1991 picture: Even though Condon more or less faithfully follows that movie’s plot, this Beauty is its own resplendent creature." - Time

“This 'Beauty and the Beast' had me leaving the theater feeling utterly happy; like I’d spent time with old friends who’d grown and changed, and yet remained the same at heart.” - The Seattle Times

“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 flavor: I think the name for it is joy.” - The New York Times

“A delightful live-action recreation of a familiar fable. You’ve seen it before, but its spirit and pizzaz are pretty much irresistible.” - Total Film