Beauty and the Beast
You must forgive first impressions
Village Jam Factory - Sunday 26 March 2017, 10:30am
Running time: 129m
Country: United States
Classification: PG (Mild themes and violence)
Release date: 23/03/17
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3/5, DP 4/5)
Bookworm Belle (Emma Watson) dreams of a life beyond her village, though it doesn't include narcissistic Gaston (Luke Evans) and his flamboyantly fabulous side-kick LeFou (Josh Gad). When her father (Kevin Kline) becomes a prisoner in a mysterious castle, Belle trades his freedom for her's and becomes prisoner of the beast and his menagerie of talking homewares (Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson). The hairy horned beast (I know, right; gross) watches her through his magic mirror (creepy much) and begins to fall for her, but will she fall for him and break the spell or will he spend eternity cursed with excessive body hair?
A live-action / CGI remake of the animated classic, Beauty and the Beast is a lavish musical fairytale full of music, romance and more dancing furniture than an Ikea commercial. The performances are good and the visual effects are stunning, though it could've done with a fair bit of trimming. It's quite dark and menacing in places and may upset some younger viewers; even we older viewers found it a little confronting in contrast with the sweetness of much of the film. But it's an entertaining romp that goes exactly where you expect it to go; cue the Nair and wax strips. It's done well already at the Australian box office and will continue to perform strongly during the school holidays. Enjoyable.