Beauty and the Beast ★★

Very dedicated to the original, which I guess isn't awful, but also keeps it from being spectacular, a strange development after last year's CINDERELLA at least took a few more risks. And I guess there are pieces of that here, but they are small pieces in an otherwise close remake. Though still effective emotionally, and impressive as a musical in how the numbers are staged, which is different from the reasons the animation of these scenes was impressive in the original.

Enjoyable but familiar, which is why it's a tale as old as time, or something. The cast, especially Gaston, are strong, and visually it's delightful, most notably the costuming and art design. But it checks boxes, and I don't know if I can love something like that, which is kind of how I felt about the original, so maybe I just don't know.