(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.
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