'Beauty and the Beast' review: A tale as old as time, revisited

Belle, a young woman and outsider of her small, provincial town, meets a prince cursed into a monstrous form by a witch. Their supporting cast is a coterie of veterans, including Kevin Kline (Maurice), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Audra McDonald (Madame Garderobe), Stanley Tucci (Maestro Cadenza) and Ewan McGregor (Lumiere).

The star power Disney has attracted to the live-action revivals also broadens their appeal.

Beauty and the Beast may be a tale as old as time, but the tradition of updating classic stories for a new generation is nearly as old.

Like many major movies, Beauty and the Beast is opening on IMAX screens, allowing interested moviegoers to watch the new version of this timeless tale on the largest screens and in the loudest auditoriums. But that doesn't mean the film is void of joy. Recreating one of the film's most recognisable and beloved images, United Kingdom fans will use their tweets to make the rose's petals drop one by one - unlocking a host of exciting prizes as each petal falls, including a year's supply of IMAX tickets.

A young prince who seemingly had it all is cursed for his selfishness by a handsome enchantress; the prince is transformed into a ugly beast and his servants into household items. "She's fearless and needs no one to validate her".

Edwin: Not really. Pretty much any connection I felt while watching was due to a memory it triggered from the 1991 animated film. Was the "Beauty" not a well-read girl named Belle at all, but instead a dancing barber named Dan? "In this version, Belle is the inventor". As a fan of the original movie, seeing my favorite sets and characters come to life was such a treat.

Directed by Bill Condon, who is known for both parts one and two of "Breaking Dawn", there should have been more question about whether or not this movie would turn out okay. As does Belle, whose independence looked refreshingly radical in '91 and goes even further here. "They are deeply suspicious of intelligence".

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The point is, while it is great that these films are being remade and being exposed to new audiences, it is also important that they continue to grow with the changing times. As for IMAX, I've heard that they're making that version framed differently from the standard one, and good IMAX conversions can really make a handsome film shine.

Disney made it clear that they consider removal of the scene to be unacceptable and have announced that they will not be showing a cut version in Malaysia, meaning that the release of the movie in the country has been indefinitely postponed.

"(Condon) wanted to make a film that was resonant for 2017, that represents the world as it is today", said Mbatha-Raw.

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Starring Emma Watson, "Beauty and the Beast" is another reimagined tale for Disney that follows box office hits "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), "Maleficent" (2014), "Cinderella" (2015) and most recently, "The Jungle Book".

It may be a story we've heard before, but there's still more to say.