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How the New 'Beauty and the Beast' Compares to the Animated Classic

How the New 'Beauty and the Beast' Compares to the Animated Classic
From Slashfilm - March 20, 2017

(In ourSpoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tickand every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Bill Condons Beauty and the Beast.)

Once Walt Disney Pictures began adapting its animated classics for live-action, starting with Tim Burtons 2010 take on Alice in Wonderland and moving into villain-centered fairy tales like Maleficent, it was a safe bet that a new version of Beauty and the Beast wouldnt be too far behind. The 1991 film is beloved the world over and was a central part of pop culture for countless Millennials growing up. Plus, it garnered heaps of critical praise and a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, the first for an animated film. So its no surprise that Disney has gone all-in with its live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast: it boasts an all-star cast including Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, and more; its director, Bill Condon, has directed everything from entries in the Twilight Saga to the Dreamgirls musical adaptation; and its reported $160 million budget is evident in the sets, costumes, and extensive CGI.

But can the new Beauty and the Beast compare to the 1991 classic? Does this remake feel as timeless as the film that inspired its existence? Or do its changesand there are quite a fewfeel dull and lifeless? Lets dive in and compare the original and its remake to find out.

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