The only redeeming factor of this film was that it was beautiful to look at, and the special effects were neat. What a pathetic story, though. *Ursula the sea witch voice* Patheeetic. Love story? What love story? They were jerks to each other a few times, had a dance, and she had some dreams about his tragic backstory. It's pretty bad that I felt more connected to the relationship he had with his dead wife than the current one we were viewing.
The storytelling was pitiful! Surely they could have wrapped up the 'tragic past' in one go, and saved the excess 10-15 minutes to build Belle and the Beast's relationship instead. I can't express all the things NOT right with this film. It sucks, because it had so much potential, and they wasted precious time on irrelevant things. I can't possibly see how they found the time to be in love in the first place. How the heck did the 1930s French Beauty and the Beast surpass one made in 2014 with CGI and an exponentially higher budget??
Poor writing, that's what! The black and white original, for all it's stilted old timey overacting, was twice as romantic and satisfying as this hot mess. It's ridiculous, considering how it had all the potential to go amazingly right, and was squandered by some fool who thought this was a good way to direct a movie.
I can't even say that it's just going off the source material, the original fairytale, therefore not what we're accustomed to. Because it only kept a few original points and totally went off and did its own thing - which is fine - IF the romance actually carried the story. Which it doesn't. At all.
I'm normally not this critical, but I've seen every Beauty and the Beast adaptation to date, and this one had no business being one of worst, with all it's potential for greatness. The awful english dub put me off at first, but I wasn't going to let that affect my judgment. I'm afraid, even in it's original language, the story is just not enough to save it. This is a nice, enchanted magical castle movie with some pretty costumes. It's entertaining if you have nothing else to watch. That's really all I can say for it, unfortunately.