Movie Review | Beauty and The Beast

by Mica Wilhite

beauty-and-beast-2017-3Beauty and The Beast” comes alive again as the tale as old as 1740 is magically retold, this time as a live action musical film.

“La Belle et la Bête” was first published by GabrielleSuzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and abridged and rewritten by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756.  Beaumont’s version was used in Disney’s 1991 blockbuster motion picture that was the first animated film to ever by nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

The 21st century “Beauty and the Beast” delivers a romantic, fantasy-filled cinematic escape for audiences of all ages. While all the essential enchanting elements of the 2D modern day classic are in place, this new version only adds to what we remember but does not try to merely duplicate in 3D the most memorable moments.

For example, Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) delicately performs solo the iconic Academy Award winning song, “Beauty and the Beast,” while the Beast effortlessly twirls Belle around in a sparkling sea of star-like illuminations.  Instead, Broadway songbird Audra McDonald, transformed into a wardrobe for most of the story, abundantly serenades as an opera singer in the beginning and finale scenes.

Belle (Emma Watson) is still a bibliophilic, also known as a bookworm, and the Beast (Dan Stevens) still gives her his towering library.  But some fresh humor is introduced this time around as Belle inquires, “Have you really read all of these books?” to which the Beast dismissively shrugs, “No. Some of them are in Greek.”

“Beauty and the Beast” (129 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG rating for some action and frightening images. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Then plan to see this “tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the beast.”

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