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Fantasy - Sourcery

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Released 2017 Rating (UK) PG
Source of story This work has a lot of history starting off with an 18th century fairy tale intended, believe it or not, to prepare young women for arranged marriages. Also the 1994 Disney animated picture and the Broadway stage musical.
Writer/s Script Evan Spiliotopoulos, Stephen Chbosky
Director Bill Condon
Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Haydn Gwynne, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci
Elevator Pitch In rural France, close to a hilltop village, an enchanted castle houses a beast who was once a cold hearted prince and who has been cursed to remain non human for ever unless he can win the love of a woman. Cursed with him are his servants who have become animated household objects, so when a young woman becomes his prisoner their hopes are raised.
Content A hell of a lot of singing, in the village and in the castle. Confrontations with wolves in the dark forest. Much interaction between the young woman and the beast in the castle as they get to know each other. A climactic attack on the castle by the villagers led by the man who wishes to marry the girl.
A View Went to see this more or less by accident, and with moments of the start realised it was not for me. There were a lot of children in the audience and some clapped at the end. I don’t know whether Disney have got the audience right or whether the fact that the film recovered it’s $160 million cost on the first weekend was because they also spent $140 million on publicity. And Emma Watson was paid $3 million up front. I was not even bored, I hated it. It was just like a bad pantomime.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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