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Beauty and the Beast

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The fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.


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  • (Female)

    ages 8+ |

    Grade: A- Rating: PG, 129 minutes In a Nutshell: In this lovely Disney re-telling of a tale as old as time, Emma Watson shows us she can sing, dance, and cast a delightful spell on audiences, even when she isn’t playing Hermione Granger. Bill Condon (who also directed Dreamgirls and one of the Twilight movies) sticks fairly close to the source material, but adds a few new songs and some new jokes to freshen up the story. While I enjoyed this new version, I have to admit the 1991 Disney animation did it better. Uplifting theme: Do not be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. “Don’t be afraid.” - Beast Be kind and fearless Things I liked: There are some beautiful set pieces and landscapes that put the make-believe French village and castle in the magic zone. Josh Gad is Disney awesomeness and looks quite comfortable in another musical. It’s better in 3D, but not necessary. (I saw it in both.) I love Dan Stevens’ blue eyes. I’ve always loved Kevin Kline in anything he does, so I thought his little solo was very touching. “How does a moment last forever?” Love. Celine Dion sings it again at the end of the movie. More love. Did you know she won a Grammy for a song she sang with the 1991 animated movie? Audra McDonald clearly has the best pipes out of all the singers in the movie. Did you know she is married to Will Swenson (I thought he was hilarious in Sons of Provo) I loved the Beast’s eye makeup in the beginning. I thought the tomato soup and rolls that Belle and the Beast ate for lunch looked delicious. Yeah, of course I would notice the food. As an author, I love that books played a prominent role in the movie. Belle explains that books allow you to escape. Yes! (So do movies.) Did you notice Belle’s modern earring that she wore on one ear at the ball? I thought Belle and the Beast looked good together at the end, like they matched. I loved how the rolling credits showed the cast at the end of the movie. Emma Thompson is magical in everything she does. Things I didn’t like: While I thought the live action remake of Cinderella with Lily James and Cate Blanchett was absolutely fantastic, this new version of Beauty and the Beast is just ok. In this new adaptation, the Beast has a magical book that allows you to teleport anywhere. Awesome, right? So then, why is the magic mirror still needed? While I enjoyed Emma Watson, I’m just wondering why Anna Kendrick wasn’t cast as Belle. She has a much, much better voice. Why is Belle’s skirt always pulled up on the right side? It feels like a stage play at times. Sometimes the camera moves too fast. I wanted to see more things slower. I wanted the famous ballroom dance scene to be breathtaking, like in the newest Cinderella, but it was underwhelming. Interesting lines: “She hasn’t made a fool of herself just to gain my favor. What would you call that?” – Gaston (Luke Evans) “Dignity.” – Le Fou “Your library makes our small corner of the world feel big.” – Belle “People say a lot of things in anger. It is our option to listen to them.” – Mrs. Pott “Can anybody be happy if they’re not free?” – Belle Funny lines: “It’s never going to happen, ladies.” – Le Fou (Josh Gad) Tips for parents: There is a scene with LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick, that has been labeled a “gay moment." Because of it, the movie has already been banned in Malaysia and restricted to viewers over the age of 16 in Russia. In my opinion, that moment has been blown out of proportion. In fact, I was able to identify what could be called 3 "gay moments." I completely understand why parents feel betrayed by Disney, who they look to for "safe" family-friendly entertainment; however, over the years, more and more Disney films have contained potentially offensive material. What are parents to do? Talk with your children about what you value and why, while teaching them to love others. Young girls will notice that only the boys were allowed to go to school and read. Talk to your daughters about that. Point out how smart, independent, and capable Belle was because she read and sought knowledge. No profanity. Thank you Disney! Check out this cool video that BYU's Vocal Point just made with Lexi Walker to honor the wonderful music of Beauty and the Beast! The male dancer in the scene "Tale as Old as Time" was dating my niece. They were both on the award-winning BYU Ballroom dance team together! He's a really great guy.

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  • (Male) Crosswalk

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    A delightful live-action retelling of a much-loved story, Beauty and the Beast looks like a picturebook come to life with music and dancing. Yes, there is controversy over the perceived sexual orientation of a minor character, but remember the moral of this tale: you can't judge a book by its cover. 4 out of 5.

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  • (Male) Plugged In

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    This live-action rejuvenation of Disney's classic 1991 animated musical is in many respects a thing of sumptuous beauty. In fact, some of the scenes in this new Beauty and the Beast—such as the famous welcome-to-the-feast number, "Be Our Guest"—are nothing short of magical. On top of that, this fairy tale fantasy's encouragements to choose kindness and compassion, and to look beyond surface beauty, all ring as clear and true as a, uh, Belle. That's the good news here. But then there's all that other stuff that we have to deal with as well. What are we to make of director Bill Condon's claims that his Beauty and the Beast features Disney's first "gay moment" (as described above)? Adults will likely notice the film's obvious homosexual innuendos and recognize them for what they are. But will kids? In a different, more innocent time, I wonder if these scenes would have been viewed by youngsters as little more than silliness. Alas, however, we live in this activist age. A day when actors and directors and studios feel it necessary to insert such things in an attempt to normalize and elevate certain sexual choices. And, unfortunately, they've chosen to do so this time in a movie aimed at children. Both director Bill Condon and actor Josh Gad seem to be trying to walk back their comments about this deliberate, pro-homosexual agenda—perhaps in light of calls from some prominent Christians to boycott it. Gad told USA Today, "Too much has probably been made of this entire thing. At a certain point what I want to be talking about is how wonderful, how entertaining, how amazing this movie is for all audiences." Likewise, Condon told screencrush.com, "It's all been overblown," and then added, "Why is it a big deal?" But the fact that Condon doesn't understand why this could be such a big deal to many who don't believe homosexuality is normative is telling indeed. The result? Families that don't embrace Beauty and the Beast's pro-gay worldview will be forced to grapple with how best to respond to it. And for those who were looking forward to revisiting this beloved tale as old as time with a younger generation, that's a disappointing and difficult decision to have to make.

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  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 5+ | Worth Your Time

    Disney’s live action remake of one of its most beloved animated fairy tales is every bit as enchanting as we could hope, gently updating and expanding the story to give the characters more depth and appeal and filling it with movie magic.

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  • (Male) The New York Times

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    There are a few moments — a climactic high-elevation fight scene that looks like every other climactic high-elevation fight scene; a chase through the forest involving wolves — where the digital seams show, and you’re aware of the cold presence of lines of code behind the images. Most of the time, though, you are happily fooled. More than that: enchanted. The most dazzling visual flights are matched to the best of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s songs. “Be Our Guest” in particular is a choreographic extravaganza that enfolds decades of Disney history (all the way back to “Snow White” and “Fantasia”) in contemporary cinematic craft.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Disney's live-action remake of its 1991 animated classic, starring Emma Watson as a pitch-perfect Belle, is a sometimes entrancing, sometimes awkward mixture of re-creation and reimagining.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Rediscover the magic of this Disney classic in a live-action musical starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast. With detailed attention to the animated original and an enchanting backdrop, this fairy tale has been brought back to life.

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  • ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    The gorgeous costumes and extraordinary set design add to the movie's overall delight, but it's the performances that stand out in this memorable musical remake.

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    Violence: - Portrayals of non-graphic violence. - Infrequent portrayals of physical assault, hand-to-hand and weapon violence, with no blood and little detail. - Infrequent portrayals of frightening scenes and transformations. - Several scenes may frighten young children. Sexual Content: - Mild sexual references. - Embracing and kissing. Alcohol / Drug Use: - Alcohol use.

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  • ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    Parents need to know that Beauty and the Beast is Disney's live-action remake of the classic 1991 animated musical, with Emma Watson as book-loving, independent Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Although the movie will appeal to even very young viewers, especially those familiar with the original, the remake's violent sequences can be very intense, with a few jump-worthy and upsetting moments (several involving snarling wolves, others guns) that leave characters bloodied, injured, and, in one case, dead. As always, the story encourages viewers to look beyond the superficial and to be compassionate, curious, humble, and generous. Director Bill Condon took care to make sure that this version had diverse supporting characters, including a gay LeFou (Josh Gad) -- Gaston's sidekick -- and people of color not represented in the animated version.

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Okfor ages12+