When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same.
Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.
Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci previous starred together in the 20th Century Fox Animated Film Robots (2005), as the voices of Rodney Copperbottom and his father Herb Copperbottom respectively. See more »
In the opening village "Bon Jour" sequence, Belle buys a loaf of bread, places it in her pouch, and a few scenes later it is gone. See more »
My dear Belle, you're so ahead of your time. This is a small village, and it's small-minded, as well. But small also means safe.
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The main end credits are written in (smaller) French above the English credits including the title 'La Belle Et La Bete'. See more »
Underwhelming - some lovely scenes but the CGI face of Beast is a constant distraction
Up front: I'm probably not the right audience for this film. I only went because I was invited, and I wouldn't have gone to check this one out otherwise.
Firstly, some of the production values are really beautiful and reminded me of the animated classic in a good way. Also, the voice cast for the clock and the kitchen devices are great.
Secondly, the actors, well... this may sound kind of harsh, but I've never seen Emma Watson act so stiff in a movie. Her performance is wooden, which is pretty bad considering she's supposed to be the heart of the film. Also, she probably won't start a singing career anytime soon.
Thirdly (and most importantly), Beast. That's where they really dropped the ball. Giving him a lifeless CGI face was an unforgivable mistake, and it's such a constant distraction that I could never really get into the movie.
Overall, I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend this movie, at least not to adults. I'm sure most kids would enjoy it though, and it's not really a bad film: just a very mediocre one. 6 stars out of 10.
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