Tess’s review published on Letterboxd:
Beauty and the Beast was never part of my childhood. I've seen The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty like a hundred times but either I forgot I ever watched BATB or I never did. I saw the Disney animated version about two weeks ago and then I watched this. There's a certain amount you're willing to overlook if you enjoyed something as a child and if you miss that window it's never really going to mean the same to you as it does to other people.
People are very passionate about Beauty and the Beast but tbh I feel that whatever sense of loyalty this film had in honouring people's desire for nostalgia was misplaced. This story needed an update to bring it to a place that isn't weird and distracting.
If I suspend my distaste for the romance plot though I was still very entertained. Audra McDonald is a goddess and every time she sings I get goosebumps. Also shout out to my main girl Emma Thompson for playing my personal favourite household item.