The new Beauty and the Beast live-action remake improves upon its animated predecessor. The new movie adds deeper layers to both the story's narrative, as well as to the characters, especially by personalizing the supporting players, writes Bryan Truitt in USA Today. The movie is staged like a real musical, so its dancing scenes offer viewers many more opportunities to be dazzled and enchanted. Plus, this new version has new, beautiful songs and modernizes its female lead, which contribute to its improved story.
Live-action remakes cannot replace animated cartoon movies. The new Beauty and the Beast is yet another example of how Disney's latest trend has robbed its animated classics of their magic, writes Graeme McMillan in The Hollywood Reporter. Some cartoon characters look off-putting in live-action, and they lose their original expressiveness when transformed into photo-realistic designs. Plus, live-action CGI makes it harder for viewers to accept nonhuman characters as peers to humans.