Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s 1991 animated classic from a tale as old as time for a contemporary audience. Noting “this Beauty is its own resplendent creature” (Time Magazine), the production still stays true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Critic Comments: Critic Comments: “A delightful live-action recreation of a familiar fable. You’ve seen it before, but its spirit and pizzaz are pretty much irresistible.” (Total Film) “This Beauty and the Beast had me leaving the theater feeling utterly happy; like I’d spent time with old friends who’d grown and changed, and yet remained the same at heart.” (The Seattle Times) “Its classicism feels unforced and fresh. Its romance neither winks nor panders. It looks good, moves gracefully, and leaves a clean and invigorating aftertaste. I almost didn’t recognize the flavor: I think the name for it is joy.” (The New York Times) “Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast actually delivers a remarkably optimistic balm to a festering, existential wound.” (Slant Magazine)
Beauty and the Beast will be shown at the Coliseum Theater, 100 North Maple Street, Lamoni on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. It is rated PG by the MPAA for some action violence, peril, and frightening images. It runs for 129 minutes.
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