Fifth about The Seventh

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast: Bill Condon has in his hands, as the title song goes, a tale as old as time; his is, of course, a re-thread of a very particular version, one that this film sticks pretty close to. The little deception at the heart of this story is somehow more apparent, but the magic and enchantment remain quite high. The cast is very fine: Emma Watson is convincing in her role, projecting both intelligence and down-to-earth beauty (something more than cuteness) to the character; the voice cast (too many to mention) is incredibly diverse and interesting, and all are in good shape. The film is incredibly well-produced: the costumes and setting are very richly designed, the music (old and new songs) add a lot to the magic, and the special effects are top-notch (the sole nitpick being that the Beast’s movements, particularly late in the film, are not up to the whole.)

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