Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise's 1991 hand-drawn Disney classic receives a marvelous live-action remake with "Beauty and the Beast." Exquisitely directed by Bill Condon (2006's "Dreamgirls") and sensitively written by Stephen Chbosky (2012's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower") and Evan Spiliotopoulos (2014's "Hercules"), this expansive adaptation feels like a cinematic event as it plays out, an extravaganza of goosebump-inducing melody, heart and daring. Impressive in vision and scope—there most certainly was no expense spared in bringing this tale as old as time to the screen—the film wows on a visual level but impresses just as mightily in its treatment of character and messages of embracing one's individuality and intelligence. As for the unlikely love story which develops between its two protagonists, winsome chemistry is in large supply as something altogether deeper—something there that wasn't there before in the more streamlined 84-minute animated version—is realized.
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