when you're in doubt, always watch Anastasia.
What bothered me the most about Beauty and the beast was the lack of imagination and intuition that the movie shows, especially in the writing department.
The movie is visually wonderful, it's real magic for the eyes, but the fairytale of Belle has so much room for new ideas and a new modern point of view... it seems only a waste not to rise upon the original material and create a more mature point of view.
Overall I'm really disappointed, and sad. They did a rush job.