Overall, an easy watch with a pretty female lead and a fairly well developed take on the classic tale. I like that Beast's castle was in a desert of some kind instead of a forest. That was new. The romance was simple, but sweet. It was very reminiscent of the original story, but with some fun twists in the enchanted castle. Beauty's family wasn't as awful as they have been in some versions. They were just silly, extravagant people.
I liked that Beauty realized that her family didn't really need her to devote her life to them, that they were content to do whatever silly things they wanted without her help, and that the Beast was the only one who seemed to actually need her in his life. The ending was cute.
My main issue was the fact that it was a musical! I think that they were so wrapped up in if they COULD do it, they didn't stop to think if they SHOULD. There is enough time between the songs that I actually forget that it is a musical, then I am harshly reminded, lol. The subpar singing isn't really the issue. If the songs were any good, that would hardly matter. But the songs are just.. bad... like they lack consistency, and they don't feel necessary. Not catchy at all, unfortunately, but I can see how maybe young kids might enjoy it.
Sweet adaptation. Corny at times, but creative, and very true to the spirit of Beauty and the Beast. This is not a "dark" tale, so I would say appropriate for children of any age.