'Beauty and the Beast' review: A tale as old as time, revisited

Sir Ian Mc Kellen thinks controversy surrounding the inclusion of a gay character in Disney's live-action

Sir Ian Mc Kellen thinks controversy surrounding the inclusion of a gay character in Disney's live-action"Beauty and the Beast is"rubbish

But that isn't a free pass for Disney to dish out a maddeningly pathetic excuse of a cover. The one who steals the show is Josh Gad, as Gaston's goofy, but lovable sidekick LeFou. The song is let down by instrumentation that sounds unapologetically karaoke-y.

Evans keeps the reigns on his character of Gaston, just enough to keep himself from being over-the-top, which makes him a wildly entertaining villain.

FDC's research regarding this new film and faith-driven consumers revealed that 95 percent of them are less likely to see Beauty and the Beast due to Disney's first "exclusively gay moment".

"If you thought it was a bad idea to mess with a classic, Beauty and the Beast will persuade you that a tale as old as time is worth retelling", writes Calvin Wilson at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Well, guess what? Disney's new "live-action" version is just as good, and in some ways even better.

Elsewhere, Luke Evans is an excellent choice to play villainous Gaston. But this type of deal Disney gives to the star of one of its major releases is an interesting glimpse inside how the successful studio operates.

What are you waiting for, Disney fans and musical aficionados? Little does Belle know that the only way the curse can be broken is for the Beast to fall in love and have that love returned to him. "We look forward to people seeing the movie", he said.

Watson becomes Belle from the moment she opens the doors and walks down the street, singing her song with her nose in a book.

Nevertheless, as the likes of Google and Amazon, to mention a few, look to integrate more services with this home assistants, there will be a vast increase in commercial opportunities for brands around voice - this will likely not be the last time an experiment miffs consumers.

As much as I always loved other parts of Beauty and the Beast, this was a situation that never sat well with me as a kid. Recreating one of the film's most recognisable and beloved images, United Kingdom fans will use their tweets to make the rose's petals drop one by one - unlocking a host of exciting prizes as each petal falls, including a year's supply of IMAX tickets.

Beauty and the Beast is great, epic, amazing, etc, but can we talk about the thing with the beard!? Maurice, Belle's father, gets more screen time in the remake and Kevin Kline's portrayal earns it as he makes you want to learn more about his past. This is a film that's family friendly and one that I highly recommend going to see.

The vocal cast is wonderful: Ewan McGregor is Lumiere, Cogsworth the clock is voiced by Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson is Mrs. Potts, Nathan Mack is Chip, the little cup, Audra McDonald is Madame Garderobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Plumette and Stanley Tucci is Maestro Cadenza.

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