From the minute this film was announced I knew it would be a disappointment, but because I love the original film I was determined to like the remake in spite of itself. Turns out, this film is so terrible I can\'t like it in spite of itself. Problem 1: the cast. Not one actor suits their character. Belle\'s acting is wooden, Lumière is ridiculous, and Gaston isn\'t Gaston, he\'s just a guy in a costume. And what is the idea of having so many black characters? If this was set in Paris it would be slightly less jarring, but Disney expects us to believe there could be black people everywhere in 18th century rural France? This is political correctness at the cost of suspension of disbelief. Problem 2: the songs. When you make a musical, you want actors who can sing, right? Not if you\'re Bill Condon. Belle\'s voice... to quote My Fair Lady, \"I\'d rather hear a choir singing flat\". Gaston and the Beast are passable, but not deep enough. This rendition of \"Be Our Guest\" is dreadful. \"Beauty and the Beast\" is ruined by Emma Thompson\'s accent. \"Tale as old as toime, song as old as roime...\" Of the new songs, \"Days in the Sun\" and \"Evermore\" would be fine if sung by better singers, but there\'s no need for them. If Mr. Condon wanted songs not in the original, he should have turned to the stage play. Problem 3: the character designs. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, DISNEY? The Beast looks like an overgrown goat and the servants look nothing like their real appearances. The Magic Mirror is hilarious. It\'s tiny, the glass is cloudy, the edges are covered with scratches, the viewer can hardly see what it shows... yet somehow a mob can see the Beast through it. Problem 4: the plot changes. There is no need for new characters, new subplots, or bringing back the fairy. Gaston\'s death is underwhelming to say the least. Instead of stabbing the Beast and getting his Laser-Guided Karma, he\'s nowhere near the Beast when he falls. Way to lessen the emotional impact of the Beast\'s \"death\", Disney. Problem 5: everything else. Belle\'s ballgown is just a dress. What is the point of that trip to Paris? And Belle walks on top of someone\'s laundry. No wonder the people in town hate her. I\'d be ticked off too if someone came and put their dirty shoes on my laundry. Belle is supposed to be odd, not a jerk! Overall, a disgusting travesty. Don\'t bother watching this film. The original is better in every way.
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