The Reel Review

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Disney’s 1991 film, based on the classic French fairy tale, made history as the first animated film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. It had it all – a highly imaginative, heartfelt story, spectacular animation, and great songs – and as a result, some pretty big shoes to fill. Not only does this remake do that, it actually exceeds it, by staying faithful to the original story and deftly using its live action format and modern technology to create a more emotionally mature and visually compelling film. The casting – Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson and Ewan McGregor – is impeccable – and the same great songs are showcased with even more awe-inspiring visual effects and sumptuous costumes. The 1991 film was spectacular in its originality for an animated film. This clever remake is spectacular for staying true to what worked so well the first time and improving on what it could to make it even better. This is one that you MUST see in 3D. Outstanding.

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