Belle ★★★★

Mamoru Hosoda once again crafts an excellent film, the animation is a spectacle to behold, I'm glad I saw this in IMAX, and the themes that this film explores are wonderful as well. This film does a great job with its characters, Suzu was a compelling protagonist to follow, and just about every other character makes a good impact on the story. The story itself has a few issues though, there were a few too many things going on at once and it sometimes felt like there was a crucial scene missing that explained something. Still, I very much enjoyed this film, I enjoyed how it played with the Beauty and the Beast storyline we are familiar with, and ultimately I found this to be a gripping and entertaining film.