Review: Beauty and the Beast

Source; Digital Spy

Bill Condon has crafted a movie going extravaganza, one that has sensational heart and humour, delicious production design and costuming, and the spectacle of broadway. Beyond the rather simplistic story, that moves along with the pace and plotting one would expect of a family film, this movies feels like the perfect representation of Belle and The Beast’s romance. The relationships between characters have intimacy, with Emma Watson providing a performance that never makes Belle seem agenda set, but still directs the character’s independence, will and admiration for life and its many surprises, while the screenplay is able to come alive in itself, never overshadowed by the visuals, but bringing stunning personality and dynamics to the supporting characters. They never feel like cartoons, but a perfect balance between sublime Disney magic and touching realism. Bill Condon emphasises this in a world of breathless scale, which in many respects makes it feel like an epic. The way the cinematography constructs conflict, desire and splendour develops the thematic ideas of the public’s court, how love stories are individualistic and of course, superficiality. These themes are never as critically examined as they could have been, nor does the film really try anything new intellectually or in narrative structure, but there was a reason it worked the first time. 4.5/5



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