3 out of 5 (60%) reviewers would recommend
Emma Watson,Dan Stevens,Luke Evans,Kevin Kline,Josh Gad,Ewan McGregor,Stanley Tucci,Audra McDonald,Gugu Mbatha-Raw,Ian McKellen,Emma Thompson
Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 British/American musical romantic dark fantasy film directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos, produced by Mandeville Films, and released by Walt Disney Pictures.The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself being an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's fairy tale. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the titular characters with Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. In the film, Belle is taken prisoner by a fearsome Beast in his enchanted castle and she learns to look beyond his appearance while evading a narcissistic hunter who seeks to take Belle for himself.
Feb 23, 2017
The classic fairytale of love between an unlikely pair - the Beauty (played by Seydoux) who falls for the Beast (played by Cassel) after her father becomes indebted to him - gets a retelling
A wealthy merchant (Dussolier) has come upon some hard times. The downturn in business is something that he cannot recover from so easily unless some really drastic steps are taken. He has a large family to take care of (six children) and living in the big city is simply not financially viable anymore. So, he decides to relocate to the countryside and lead a simple and relatively rustic life in tranquil settings.
The movie is set in France in the early 1800s. It traces the story of a merchant who has been widowed who is wealthy and has six daughters. However, a reversal in fortunes leads the merchant to go bankrupt and so he has to forsake many expensive items and also sell his town house and move to the country to a much simpler home. None of his children are happy with the idea except for his youngest daughter who doesn't mind the shift. The merchant's hopes are raised one day when they hear about one of his ships actually coming in to port with expensive cargo. He and his eldest son go back to the town with the intention of collecting the goods in the hope that they can reverse their financial situation. Unfortunately, the said goods are impounded and the merchant has to escape and head to a forest after he is threatened by a crook. He comes across the land of the Beast in the forest and is quite taken in by the place. Apart from stealing some items, he also tries to steal a rose for his daughter. However, he is caught by the Beast and although being allowed to go back home to say goodbye to his kids,he must return to face the punishment. Belle however, is guilt-ridden about her father,s situation and goes out herself to the castle of the Beast to face the punishment herself. The Beast and her become acquainted instead. She is allowed access to plenty of luxuries but must have dinner with him every night. She also has dreams at night about the same castle and a prince who lived there and was in love with a princess. This prince used to hunt a golden deer and was cursed when he killed it. Only the true love of somebody who loved him despite his appearance could remove the curse. Belle visits her family after a while after getting permission from the Beast and sees her father bedridden and her family being harassed by a family enemy. Her eldest brother is impressed with her attire and thinks that the castle might hold some additional treasures for them to loot. So, he along with some company heads back to the castle to steal some treasure and this includes a golden arrow. It is then that Belle has a vivid dream about the the prince who killed the golden deer and was cursed, as mentioned earlier. The deer he killed was a forest nymph and her father was the god of the forest who cursed the prince for killing his daughter. When she wakes up, she realizes that her brother has gone to the castle. She rushes there to stop him from doing anything but the Beast is already making short work of the intruders. When Belle begs for mercy, one of the raiding party shoots the Beast with the golden arrow, which mortally wounds him. While dying,the Beast asks whether Belle loves him despite the way he looks. When she replies in the affirmative, the curse is broken and he emerges as the prince. The story ends with the two living happily ever after, with two children of their own.
1. The film has been nominated for the People's Choice Award at the 27th European Film Awards. 2. In Japan,the film topped the box-office on it's release, making it the first foreign film to do well at the Japanese box-office since Red Cliff II in 2009. 3. More than 20 versions of the fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast' have been made into films and television series in the past.