The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - SR

(PG) Beauty and the Beast is an acted re­make of Dis­ney’s 1991 an­i­mated clas­sic. Belle, played by Emma Wat­son, is in the prince’s cas­tle be­cause her fa­ther is im­pris­oned there. The prince, whom we meet at the start as an ar­ro­gant young man played by Dan Stevens, has been turned into a “hideous beast” by an en­chantress he mocked. If the Beast does not win some­one’s love be­fore the fi­nal petal falls, he will be a mon­ster for­ever. The di­a­logue is good at times, quite witty and even a bit sala­cious for a Dis­ney film, but there are flat spots. There are some up­lift­ing mo­ments be­tween Belle and the Beast, such as a snow­ball fight and a mu­tual flout­ing of soup-eat­ing eti­quette. The songs are splen­did and the cam­er­a­work is at­trac­tive but over­all there’s a lack of the ten­sion that im­pels au­di­ences to won­der what will hap­pen next.

Kate Miller-Hei­dke This pro­gram fol­lows Kate Miller-Hei­dke’s award-win­ning show with the Tas­ma­nian

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