Beauty and The Beast is an instant classic with great music, acting and special effects. The new version is similar to the 1991 animated film but this live action musical is darker and has a more gothic feel than the original movie. It also, surprisingly, had a multi cultural cast featuring Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in key roles and the small village is also sprinkled with African American actors.
In Beauty and The Beast Belle (Emma Watson) is held captive in a castle by a cursed beast (Dan Stevens) whose been transformed by an evil witches' spell. Only finding true love can break his spell.
While in the castle Belle discovers a host of housewares, who are also cursed, who become her only friends. Some big name actors play the parts of the household goods such as Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ewan McGregor is the candle holder and Ian McKellen is the clock.
The music, which includes a few new songs, is done by the original animated versions song writer, Alan Menken. The movies' theme song will have you humming it in your mind long after you've left the theater.
This movie is a can't miss hit. Many in the industry are predicting a $100 million dollar opening weekend, which wouldn't surprise me considering the movies' broad appeal.
Beauty and The Beast is rated PG for some violence and it has a run time of two hours and nine minutes.
Be sure and stay for the closing credits which shows the real life actors whose voices were used in the movie and Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion, who sang the original title song in the animated movie, sing a new song over the closing credits called, "How Does a Moment Last Forever."
On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" Beauty and The Beast gets my highest rating, a JUMBO (with extra butter)!