We're knee deep in the age of live-action Disney remakes, with the studio delivering hit-or-miss adaptations to cash in on the nostalgia cravings audiences are having these days.
Even though the trailers and music for Beauty and the Beast were beyond stunning, we still didn't want to get our hopes up that the latest version could match the magic of the Oscar-winning animated classic.
Lo and behold, critics felt the same way, noting that while the movie had many magical moments, the CG wasn't as spellbinding as the OG!
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While critics were charmed by the film's modern updates — including more fleshed out characters (like Josh Gad's gay LeFou and a more feminist Belle courtesy of Emma Watson) and beautifully intricate sequences — the live action take just can't hold a candle (played by Ewan McGregor) to the animated magic Disney is known for.
Still, that doesn't mean Beauty and the Beast wasn't enjoyable (it's currently at 74% on Rotten Tomatoes) — just don't expect to fall in love as quickly as Belle falls for her furry captor!
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