The live-action Disney adaptations are pushing full steam ahead, with titles like Mulan, Aladdin and more in development, but they’ve been pretty hit and miss so far. Some have been technical marvels that bring new life into an old story (The Jungle Book, Maleficent), while others have been bland and dull retreads of what has come before (Cinderella). Sadly for Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast, it falls more into the boring Cinderella category than the fantastic Jungle Book.
But to start off with some positives, the set design is fabulous, grand and really impressive. It’s very theatrical, with a lot of time and thought put into each curve and nuance. Condon could have easily plonked his actors in front of a green screen and let computers do all the work, but the effort spent on the sets pays off in spades. Disney have a way of making movies feel magical, and The Beast’s castle is a great example of this. The scenery, honestly, look good enough to eat.
Written for Flickering Myth. Read the full review here.