Beauty and the Beast - SHOWTIMES

Beauty and the Beast - SHOWTIMES (2017)

Beauty and the Beast

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An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love.

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Irma Howell ( 2017-04-06 )

Overstuffed and lacks the charm of the original

I was really looking forward to this film. Not only has Disney recently made excellent live-action versions of their animated masterpieces (Jungle Book, Cinderella), but the cast alone (Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline) already seemed to make this one a sure hit. Well, not so much as it turns out. Some of the animation is really cute, but because characters like Clock and Tea Cup now look so real, they lose a lot of their animated predecessors' charm (I can't quite explain why that is, though). The voice talent in some cases actually seems wasted. What really didn't work for me, though, is the Beast. He just never looks convincing. The eyes somehow don't look like real eyes. I really liked Gaston, though, and the actor who played him actually gave the perhaps most energized performance of all. Kevin Kline as Belle's father has little to do but to look fatherly and old. Speaking of Belle, now that I've seen the film, I think she is miscast. I think someone like Rachel McAdams would actually have been a more lively and perhaps a bit more feisty Belle than Emma Watson. If you love the original, you might want to give this one a pass. It's really not that good.

Leah Hayes ( 2017-04-02 )

Underwhelming - some lovely scenes but the CGI face of Beast is a constant distraction

Up front: I'm probably not the right audience for this film. I only went because I was invited, and I wouldn't have gone to check this one out otherwise. Firstly, some of the production values are really beautiful and reminded me of the animated classic in a good way. Also, the voice cast for the watch and the cutlery are great. Secondly, the actors, well... this may sound kind of harsh, but I've never seen Emma Watson act so stiff in a movie. Her performance is wooden, which is pretty bad considering she's supposed to be the heart of the film. Thirdly (and most importantly), Beast. That's where they really dropped the ball. Giving him a live-less CGI face was an unforgivable mistake, and it's such a constant distraction that I could never really get into the movie. Overall, I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend this movie, at least not to adults. I'm sure most kids would enjoy it though, and it's not really a bad film: just a very mediocre one. 6 stars out of 10.

Lori Shelton ( 2017-05-04 )

The corporate version of Beauty And The Beast: Disney at it's most generic and dull

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Frankie Stokes ( 2017-05-14 )

Quite Average

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear: where should I start folks. I had low expectations already because I hated each and every single trailer so far, but boy did Disney make a blunder here. I'm sure the film will still make a billion dollars - hey: if Transformers 11 can do it, why not Belle? - but this film kills every subtle beautiful little thing that had made the original special, and it does so already in the very early stages. It's like the dinosaur stampede scene in Jackson's King Kong: only with even worse CGI (and, well, cutlery instead of dinos). The worst sin, though, is that everything (and I mean really EVERYTHING) looks fake. What's the point of making a live-action version of a beloved cartoon if you make every prop look like a prop? I know it's a fairy tale for kids, but even Belle's village looks like it had only recently been put there by a subpar production designer trying to copy the images from the cartoon. There is not a hint of authenticity here. Unlike in Jungle Book, where we got great looking CGI, this really is the by-the-numbers version and corporate filmmaking at its worst. Oh and one more thing: bad CGI wolves (that actually look even worse than the ones in Twilight) is one thing, and the kids probably won't care. But making one of the two lead characters look equally bad is simply unforgivably stupid. No wonder Emma Watson seems to phone it in: she apparently had to act against an guy with a green-screen in the place where his face should have been.

Guy Wilson ( 2017-03-11 )

A Missed Opportunity

When you take on a classic like Beauty and the Beast for a live action movie which was also nominated for the Best Picture by the Academy you HAVE to make sure that the spirit of the original remains intact even if you can't make it as good. I know that one has to tweak a few little things to make it appropriate not just for the new generation but also as a live action movie though without making it look cheesy or over the top... which quite sadly was not the case with this one... it was directed by an Oscar winning director (who also directed a twilight movie which sucks) and a studio that has recently produced better than the original adaptation of the jungle book which I really love... so one wonders what must have gone wrong... that I think we will find out later but for now if I have to say something positive about this movie it would be its visual effects which were quite gorgeous if not entirely believable, the design of the CGI characters which were a reminiscence of the original ones, Belle played by Emma Watson though not as great as I wanted her to be, seems to have done her job. And even if the songs didn't flow as greatly with the story as it did before, you could still enjoy them. The choreography, set design and the costumes also stole the show along with the Humour because of its talented cast even if it seemed a little cheesy at places, it managed to make me laugh (especially Gaston) hence making it a better movie than it really was... I will give it a 7/10... P.S.- You may enjoy it because of the nostalgia factor.

Spencer Herrera ( 2017-05-03 )

A meandering and dull mess. One of the biggest disappointments in recent years.

Come on Disney: what were you thinking?! You've got one of the most beloved films in your catalogue; the first animated film ever that was nominated for a best picture Oscar - and you give the new version of that film to the director of 'Twilight' parts 3 and 4? Has anyone of your executives even seen Bill Condon's 'Twilight' films or did you just look at all the money they made during their opening weekend? Just so you know: those films are atrocious. There are porn films who look better and have better plots (seriously). ..

Vickie Fields ( 2017-05-03 )

Just OK....

Sure, I'm a huge film snob who (on the surface) only likes artsy-fartsy foreign films from before the 60's, but that hasn't stopped me from loving Disney's Beauty & The Beast; in fact, it's probably my favorite American animated film and is easily Disney's finest work. It's beautiful, it's breathtaking, it's warm, it's hilarious, it's captivating, and, in Disney fashion, it's magical. When I learned that Disney would be remaking their classic films, B&TB was undeniably the best wrapped package. How could they go wrong? ..

Leah Hayes ( 2017-05-30 )

Average fairy tale flick with a little dose of social engineering

Some good production design aside, this is a boring rendition of the classic fairy tale. Do yourself a favor and watch Jean Cocteau's 1946 French version. This is really a comment that I would normally post on the message boards, but somebody got rid of them :(

Darren Burton ( 2017-05-03 )

Average OK.

I saw a screening of this film on Saturday and it had a lot of potential but fell stunningly short. I do not like or care for the film director Bill Condon. His previous films have all been mediocre, average attempts. And this film is no different. Belle's performance seemed flat and most of the other performances seemed too Broadway-ish. Some may not like the new look of the beast, but I happen to like it. One of the biggest problems with this film, and yes I'm going there, is the openly gay character Lefou. Gay characters SHOULD NOT EVER be put into children's films. Any attempt at potentially manipulating and influencing children with homosexuality or any other abnormal sexual behavior is wrong and should frankly be illegal. Why is there no law against this? This is a children's film for crying out loud! But the main flaw in this film is that it lacks the "magic" that the animated Beauty and the Beast from 1991 had plenty of.

Lydia Walton ( 2017-04-02 )

A good, though far from great, adaptation of this tale as old as time.

I was hoping for something more for this movie. However the acting was: OK, the script was: OK, the visual effects and everything surrounding it is ...again OK. It is a good re-edited version of Disnesys beauty and the beast cartoon movie but it wasn't as good as it could be. Nevertheless it is a good film you can watch with the children or with your girlfriend. For me it was just an average movie, nothing spectacular or different, just an old Disney movie in a new dress so to speak. is a cinema website serving you dear visitors 7/24 to give information about all movies, now playing movies, show location of nearest theaters and sessions, trailers of upcoming movies and information about actors and actresses, their biographies, videos and photographs. is the only interactive website where visitors can interact with each other using Facebook, Twitter and Google. is a global website using highly advanced web technologies and is served in 7 different languages apart from English and can give the visitors same service from the countries where these languages are spoken. Cinematheater is differented from his rivals by giving you an archive of 500.000 movies and is one of the websites where you can instantly find information about now playing movies in theaters.

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