“Beauty and the Beast” waltzes its way into audiences’ hearts this weekend. It’s a tale as old as time, set to the music of clinging and clanging cash registers. A combination of nostalgia for the original Disney animated classic and the recent popularity of live-action fairy tales is translating into massive ticket sales. Nearly every person of speaking age on the planet is aware of the story of “Beauty and the Beast,” both from the French fairy tale and the 1991 animated smash. The new version has been praised for honoring the sense of romance and magic that made the cartoon so beloved, while updating it for a new generation of moviegoers.
Disney spent $160 million making the movie. The cast includes Emma Watson and “Downton Abbey’s” Dan Stevens as her horned love interest. (Variety)