Beauty and the Beast



Rating: PG, for some action, violence, peril, and frightening images.

The tale as old as time gets a high-tech, live-action retelling while staying mostly true to the beloved 1991 animated musical. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star as the titular beauty and the beast. She’s a smart young woman who’s sick of being stuck in her provincial French town; he’s a surly, cursed prince who’s sick of being stuck in his massive castle. Could these two crazy kids possibly find love? Director Bill Condon’s film is visually dazzling, adding luxurious flair to all the big musical numbers you know and love (plus a few new ones that aren’t quite so great). Kids will delight in the household items coming to life and bursting into song – the clock, candelabra, teapot, and cup, for example. But there are also dangers to be found in the woods leading up to the beast’s castle. It’s dark and full of ravenous wolves, which might be scary for very little kids. Belle’s father (Kevin Kline) is in peril several times. The arrogant Gaston (Luke Evans) whips the villagers into a frenzy, leading them in a mob to kill the east. And of course, because this is a Disney movie, there are dead parents. But for the most part, your kids will probably love this, and they’ll leave the theater singing. Fine for kids around 6 and older.
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