Beauty and the Beast (2017) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    There may be something there that wasn't there before.

  • Starring:

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Nathan Mack, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci

  • Directed by:

    Bill Condon

  • Running time:

    129 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot, punched, flicked with mud, pursued/attacked/bitten by wolves, imprisoned, dragged, hit with objects, thrown through the air, tied up, crushed beneath a falling object, pushed down stairs, scalded with hot water/steam, throat-grabbed, kicked, shoved. Characters dangle precariously/fall from high ledges. An angry mob break down a door and enter a castle intending to "kill the beast". A woman's laundry is tipped over by bullies. Objects thrown, slashed, smashed, pushed off table, whacked. Burning objects, tree hit by lightning. A man throws a dagger into a picture of a stag. Screaming, roaring, growling, snarling. Arguing. War, explosions, "I will feed you to the wolves", attempted murder mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody bullet wound on shirt, blood prick on finger, bloody bite wound, face/head covered in plague sores, healed (human) bite mark on stomach, gash scars over a wolf's eye. Plague mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting, hugging, swooning, bum-grabbing. Cleavage. Very mild comic references to infidelity ("how is your wife?") and homosexuality (LeFou's affection for Gaston/men dancing as a pair/men dressed in drag).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Villagers in a tavern drink from pitchers (ale assumed). Wine. A female drinks a potion that teleports her across time and space.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling (bookworm, fool, strange, special, peculiar, funny, small-minded, damsel, spinster, simple, boorish, brainless, idiot, cold-hearted, thief, liar, clingy, huge, horrid, monstrous, crazy, old, filthy hag, monster, etc). Religious exclamations (thank Heavens).

  • THEMES:

    Beauty and the Beast, enchantment, villagers, books, reading, father-daughter relationships, anger management, angry mobs, magic mirrors, roses.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead mother mentioned. Dog, horses, donkeys, geese, goats, chickens, caged birds, wolves, moths, rabbits, cobwebs, owl. Fireworks (opening credits), lightning, thunder. Seafood in market stall, roast meats served. Urination, spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Delightful, show-stopping, fresh, faithful, magical, unabashed, energetic, warm, crafty, lovely, funny, sweet, lush, memorable, enjoyable, entertaining, unbeastly. Dazzling/charming/innocent performance by Emma Watson, soulful performance by Dan Stevens, scene-stealing performances by Josh Gad and Luke Evans, fun/starry voice cast, lavish visuals, triumphant/immaculate production design, big ensemble dance pieces, some impressive CGI, sugar-rush finale, unforgettable/infectious songs.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Manufactured, overstuffed. The CGI isn't always perfect/convincing.

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