The general essence and feeling were captured, but much of what made the original so love-able was lacking altogether. Take Belle, for instance, played by Emma Watson. Belle was a kind, compassionate, strong, and out-of-the box original, which helped make her arguably the greatest Disney princess in history. She is my favorite too. Having said that, I don't believe that Watson brought her justice on the silver screen. Her singing was off key and mechanical (to say the very least), she was far too sarcastic, and her facial expressions and reactions to situations were at best jarring. Watson also, being a die hard feminist in real life, put too much of that into the character. And like many reviewers have alluded to---her British accent was very distracting.
The opening sequence could have also been done better. I found it to be quite somber, lacking of the upbeat and enthusiastic excitement of the animated film. Belle, the music, and the cheesy dialogue took me right out of the film on several occasions. Yes, I understand that this is a remake. It shouldn't be a carbon copy of its predecessor. But they really missed the mark in a lot of ways. Oh, and Gaston..I loved Luke Evans but they couldn't have made him a bit bigger? CGI anyone? I mean, c'mon man! There is a problem when your dopey sidekick is bigger than you are.
Some things I LOVED were the entire Gaston song sequence, how Beast brought Belle back to her childhood, and the iconic ballroom scene. That last one was gorgeous to see unfold. I also thought that Kevin Kline did an immaculate job of portraying Maurice!
Watch the movie if you are a fan of the 1991 film, of course! Just know that much of the magic has been lost here.