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|Originaltitel:||Beauty and the Beast|
|Genre:||Fantasy, Romance, Adventure|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 129 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years]|
There are always classic material that is so often adapted for the cinema, television or stage as a classic fairy tale, modernized version or musical that one has to ask oneself whether there really is a need for another new version. One such fabric is the French folktale "Beauty and the Beast". The best known version is probably the award-winning Disney cartoon, which itself has been transformed into a stage musical. After the great success of the real film adaptations of the cartoon classics "Cinderella" and "The Jungle Book", a new version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is now coming to our cinemas. In contrast to the other real film adaptations, director Bill Condon hardly tries to win anything new from the popular original.
This is how the story really offers only the familiar: The rebellious Belle (Emma Watson) lives a contemplative life with her father (Kevin Kline) in a small village. But when her father encounters a hidden castle on a journey and falls into the clutches of a beast living there (Dan Stevens), Belle is ready to give up her previous life and give up her freedom for her father's life. From now on, she is trapped in the enchanted castle. But then the unexpected happens: Belle makes friends with the beast and recognizes that a good heart beats behind the terrifying facade. She doesn't suspect, however, that the time is running out for the beast to become again the person it once was…
Bill Condon's "Beauty and the Beast" is a feast for the eyes, that's undeniable. A great equipment, colorful effects, beautiful costumes - on this level the film can really convince. Even the songs you know from cartoons and musicals, with a few exceptions, still work very well after all these years. The actors are also well chosen, whereby especially Luke Evans as a greasy creep cuts a good figure. Despite all these positive elements, the film doesn't succeed in arousing real enthusiasm. Bill Condon did not add a new facet to the story told countless times, nor to the specifically adapted Disney version. Unlike Kenneth Branagh with "Cinderella" and even more Jon Favreau with "Jungle Book", Condon missed the chance to put his own stamp on his version of Jeane-Marie Leprice de Beaumont's fairy tale.
As good as the film may be made by hand, one wonders whether this "real filming" - a term that should have been used with caution in view of the countless CGI figures and effects - would really have been necessary, considering its too close proximity to cartoons. Since both films are almost identical with minor limitations, a direct comparison simply cannot be avoided. And in terms of charm, humour and warmth, the new version simply comes off worse than the loving original animated film. Is the movie entertaining? Absolutely. Is it beautiful to look at? No question, yes! Is he kidding? That, too, can only be answered with a "yes". And yet: unfortunately, it is one of those senseless new film adaptations that misses every chance it gets for independence. And that's why it's better to reach for the original. For all Disney fans who just can't get enough of the beautiful story - no matter in which version - still: Worth seeing!
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