Tale of Beauty and the Beast is alive

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

EV­ERY­ONE loves a fairy­tale and au­di­ences are go­ing to fall in love again as a Disney clas­sic comes to life.

Beauty and the Beast is now show­ing at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

The live ac­tion re­make for an­i­mated Disney clas­sic fea­tures Emma Wat­son in the ti­tle role along with an all-star cast of Hol­ly­wood heavy­weights from Ewan McGre­gor to Ian McKellen.

For those un­fa­mil­iar with the story, Belle (Wat­son), a bright, beau­ti­ful and in­de­pen­dent young woman, is taken pris­oner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its cas­tle. De­spite her fears, she be­friends the cas­tle’s enchanted staff and learns to look be­yond the beast’s hideous ex­te­rior.

Beauty and the Beast does right by its pre­de­ces­sor, de­liv­er­ing a mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence that both daz­zles the eyes and plucks the heart­strings.

Draw­ing from the orig­i­nal an­i­mated movie screen­play, Beauty and the Beast screen­writ­ers Stephen Ch­bosky (The Perks of Be­ing a Wallflower) and Evan Spil­iotopou­los re­tain the ba­sic nar­ra­tive frame­work of Woolver­ton’s script, while in­te­grat­ing ad­di­tional char­ac­ter back­story ma­te­rial and sub­plots that fur­ther flesh out the larger story.

Beauty and the Beast de­liv­ers enough in the way of clas­sic Disney ro­mance and mu­si­cal de­light that it ought to man­age to please most fans of the orig­i­nal an­i­mated movie, as well as the younger gen­er­a­tion of film­go­ers who have never “heard” the Tale as Old as Time be­fore.

In­for­ma­tion for this re­view was sourced from imdb.com

PHOTO: DISNEY

BACK TO LIFE: Emma Wat­son and Dan Stevens star in the movie Beauty and the Beast.

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