Beauty and the Beast (2017)

 
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Release date: March 17, 2017

Based on: Beauty and the Beast (1740 fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont)

Directed by: Bill Condon

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson

Budget: $244-255 million

Box office: $1.264 billion

 

A prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life unless he learns to love.

While it’s a visually appealing film, Beauty and the Beast is incredibly mediocre in its attempts to retell one of Disney’s most acclaimed animated films. Much of it has to do with the film attempting to set itself apart from its predecessor, such as the beginning where the audience sees Belle constructing an invention to help her with a chore and teaching a little girl to read at the same time. This comes after an entire musical number dedicated to how different Belle was from the rest of the townsfolk and how they saw her as an oddity. This new scene does nothing except portray the majority of the villagers as openly hostile towards her, even though such hostility never surfaced in the musical number and seems out of place.

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The film also includes a pointless plot device in the form of a magic book able to transport its reader anywhere in the world. It’s used one time for some expositional backstory and never seen again, providing for unnecessary padding that makes the film longer than it needs to be. Further, in the beginning of the film, Belle was complaining about how much she wanted an adventure somewhere other than her village. The entire story may be giving her said adventure, yet this book could have assisted in satisfying her wanderlust to an even greater extent. However, the characters using it once and it never seeing the light of day afterwards is wasted potential for something which raises too many unanswered questions and causes a number of problems for merely existing.

Despite the above problems, the good aspects of the film are done really well. The costuming is fantastic as are the set decorations and other visuals. When the film allows the viewer to enjoy themselves and come into the film, it’s easy to get caught in how the castle and the grounds look. A large majority of the acting isn’t bad either, with Watson giving the only subpar performance, giving off the feeling as if she’s acting like she’s in a stage play put on within one of her other films. Still, the acting from everyone else combined with all the choreography in the musical numbers and the technical facets are enough to make this film somewhat salvageable.

Fans of impressive imagery will definitely find something to enjoy about this film but others could be in for a boring experience. It’s an inferior product compared to the animated version.

Awards

Won

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Costume Design

Empire Awards, UK

  • Best Makeup and Hair Styling

Golden Camera Awards, Germany

  • Best International Actor (Ewan McGregor)

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Most Overrated Movie of the Year

Hawaii Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Costume Design

Hollywood Film Awards

  • Costume Designer of the Year

  • Make-Up and Hairstyling of the Year

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best Actor in a Movie (Emma Watson)

  • Movie of the Year

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Costume Design

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Costume Design

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie: Fantasy

  • Choice: Movie Actress: Fantasy (Emma Watson)

  • Choice: Movie Villain (Luke Evans)

  • Choice: Liplock (Emma Watson & Dan Stevens)

Nominated

Academy Awards

  • Best Achievement in Costume Design

  • Best Achievement in Production Design

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Fantasy Film

  • Best Actress (Emma Watson)

  • Best Production Design

Art Directors Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Production Design Award - Fantasy Film

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best Costume Design

Awards of the Japanese Academy

  • Best Foreign Language Film

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Costume Design

  • Best Production Design

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Song (For song “Evermore”)

  • Best Hair & Makeup

  • Best Costume Design

  • Best Production Design

Casting Society of America, USA - Artios Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Big Budget Feature - Comedy

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Art Direction/Production Design

Costume Designers Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film

Denver Film Critics Society

  • Best Original Song (Song: “Evermore”)

Empire Awards, UK

  • Best Actress (Emma Watson)

  • Best Soundtrack

Gold Derby Awards

  • Costume Design

  • Production Design

  • Original Song (For “Evermore”)

  • Makeup/Hair

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best Animation/Family

  • Best Original Score

  • Best Animation/Family TV Spot

  • Best Fantasy/Adventure TV Spot

  • Best Voice Over (TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser for a Series)

  • Best Voice Over (TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser for a Series)

Guild of Music Supervisors Awards

  • Best Music Supervision for Films Budgeted OVer 25 Million Dollars

Hawaii Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Song (Song: “Evermore”)

Hollywood Post Alliance, US Awards

  • Outstanding Visual Effects - Feature Film

  • Outstanding Color Grading - Feature Film

Houston Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Original Song (Song: “Evermore”)

Image Awards

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

International Online Cinema Awards

  • Halfway Award - Best Original Song (Song “Evermore”)

  • Halfway Award - Best Production Design

Iowa Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Song (Song: “Evermore”)

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA - Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Movie

  • Favorite Movie Actress (Emma Watson)

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA - Golden Reel Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Musical for Feature Film

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best Duo (Josh Gad & Luke Evans)

  • Best Kiss (Emma Watson & Dan Stevens)

  • Best Musical Moment (For “Beauty and the Beast”)

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Music, Original Song (For the song “Evermore”)

  • Best Music, Adapted Song (For the song “Be Our Guest”)

  • Best Music, Adapted Song (For the song “Beauty and the Beast”)

  • Best Production Design

  • Best Costume Design

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Cinematography

  • Best Production Design

  • Best Original Song (Song: “Evermore”)

Publicists Guild of America Awards

  • Maxwell Weinberg Award - Motion Picture

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Production Design

  • Best Visual Effects

  • Best Use of Music in a Film

Satellite Awards

  • Best Costume Design

Seattle Film Critics Awards

  • Best Costume Design

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Awards

  • Best Production Design

  • Best Visual Effects

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie Actor: Fantasy (Dan Stevens)

  • Choice: Scene Stealer (Josh Gad)

  • Choice: Hissy Fit (Dan Stevens)

  • Choice: Hissy Fit (Luke Evans)

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project (“Be Our Guest”)

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Motion Capture Performance (Dan Stevens)

  • Best Production Design

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Best Family Film