Disney’s live-action take on the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast doesn’t open in theaters until later this month, but as per usual, a number of outlets had the chance to watch the movie early.
Now, the first wave of reviews for the film have arrived online, giving us a rough idea of what to expect when we finally get to see it for ourselves. We’ll have our own review up at some point, but in the meantime we wanted to round-up a few reactions here.
You can read the excerpts below.
“The new “Beauty and the Beast” is a touching, eminently watchable, at times slightly awkward experience that justifies its existence yet never totally convinces you it’s a movie the world was waiting for.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“This new mainly live-action Disney version of the oft-told story directed by Bill Condon feels largely perfunctory. Where it flounders most is on the miscasting of several crucial roles.” -Dan Callahan, The Wrap
“Beauty and the Beast is a movie that can’t quite figure out what it wants to say that it didn’t already say back in 1991. It’s fine and funny and sweet and lush and some of the songs are infectious, but I still don’t completely understand why it exists — and why they couldn’t do more with it.” – Chris Nashawaty, EW
“Unlike last year’s The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast marries visual spectacle and sumptuous design work with a better story than its original, casting a spell on old fans and newcomers alike.” – Brian Truitt, USA Today
“Unfortunately, despite the expense of the production, [Condon] misses the mark on what his romantic musical needs the most: romance and good musical numbers.” -Matt Goldberg, Collider
“But as all the allusions to the original suggest, Condon’s Beauty and the Beast never quite manages to transcend its status as a remake. The new version runs a whopping 45 minutes longer than the old one did, but most of the extra material feels like just that — extra material.” Angie Han, /Film
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17.