This week's new movies: a beauty, a beast and a battle-royale

"Beauty And The Beast" is rated PG and it's comforting to know that a classic story remains intact. When her father Maurice (Kevin Kline) ends up trapped in the Beast's castle, she takes his place, and a surprise romance ensues, complete with song. But not everyone agrees.

In one corner is Disney's much anticipated Beauty and the Beast.

I recommend you go watch this enchanting musical that is very attractive and just a tad bit beastly. What I will say is that it takes a surprisingly long time to get going.

The remake was entertaining, charming and witty.

Beauty and the Beast was scripted by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos with music by Disney veteran Alan Menken.

"If you edit, the plot will not be the same anymore", he pointed out.

"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston".

The revelation about LeFou, who the filmmakers say shares an "exclusively gay moment" with Gaston, hasn't best pleased the powers that be in Russian Federation.

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Later, Google followed up and explicitly stated the message "wasn't meant to be an ad". Not only do they transport Belle away from her quiet village, but also help her bond with the Beast that holds her captive.

There are other slight moments and then, during the climatic fight scene in Beast's castle, the Wardrobe spits out women's clothing and adorns three male villagers in it.

"I'm honored to have recorded a special version of For Evermore for the new movie", Groban tweeted in January. "They have to see the movie, and they'll understand that it's not what it's about". Ian McKellen! Emma Thompson! - together in the flesh. Ian McKellen is quite amusing as Cogsworth and Ewan McGregor, despite never seeing the original movie, brings the same upbeat and whimsical performance to Lumiere. A piano named Cadenza (Stanley Tucci) and a wardrobe named Madame de Garderobe (Audra McDonald) smooch after transforming back into their human forms.

But since Emma Watson couldn't make it, Corden himself had to step into the role of Belle. The character in the live action isn't just a narcissist, he's cruel. Watson portrays the iconic Disney Princess with her own twist, but the performance is a little bland compared to what Gad, Stevens and McGregor did with their characters. She just teaches a girl to read. Speaking of Gaston: I'd be mistaken if I didn't say that LeFou (Josh Gad) - his air headed yes-man - was absolutely hilarious.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, legendary composer Alan Menken revealed that the new version of the song Gaston features lyrics that were deemed "too edge" for the original film.

And, of course, the special effects and the scenery were lovely. However, author Brittany Rubiano has really done a tremendous job with the selections and the thoughts that Belle has written down on each one.

The star power Disney has attracted to the live-action revivals also broadens their appeal. Condon writes about his experience looking to 1932's Love Me Tonight and breathing new life into a Disney hallmark.

Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplay for the original animated classic, provides a forward that is quite engaging. I am neither a big musical person, nor remember the original animated movie very well.


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