Linda Lerner and Al Lerner review “Beauty and the Beast” on Movies and Shakers


There is no doubt that this is a well-thought out, beautifully and elaborately produced live action film that takes the 1991 animated “Beauty and the Beast” to a new level. But does this version about true love have the magic of the original?

Director Condon has put together a beautiful film with all the elements and more for a new generation. No problem adjusting to the minor story changes. It portrays a strong, smart young woman, willing to risk everything for family, with singing, dancing, elaborate sets, costumes, and objects that come to life. It’s also an action flick with a well choreographed fight to the finish. We don’t think this film creates the same awe inspiring magic that pulled on the heartstrings as much as the original, but is a massive, detailed production that updates Belle’s independent spirit. It is Watson’s movie all the way and she truly becomes the Belle of the Ball.


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