"Beauty and the Beast" is a 2017 live-action retelling of the classic Disney animated film of the same name, which was released in 1991. The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, and Josh Gad as LeFou. Directed by Bill Condon, the film follows the story of a young woman named Belle who falls in love with a cursed prince and sets out to break the curse and discover the true nature of love.
The movie begins with a beautiful young woman named Belle living in a small village in France with her inventor father Maurice (Kevin Kline). Belle is seen as odd by the villagers because of her love for reading and desire for adventure, which sets her apart from the rest of the townspeople. One day, Maurice sets out on a journey to sell his latest invention but gets lost in the forest and ends up at a dark and mysterious castle. As he tries to leave, he is captured by the Beast (Dan Stevens), a cursed prince who was turned into a hideous monster by an enchantress after refusing to show her hospitality. Belle sets out to find her father and comes across the castle, where she offers to take her father's place as the Beast's prisoner.
Belle is initially afraid of the Beast, but she soon discovers that he is not as monstrous as he appears. The castle is home to many enchanted objects, such as Lumiere the candelabra (voiced by Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth the clock (voiced by Ian McKellen), and Mrs. Potts the teapot (voiced by Emma Thompson). They all urge the Beast to be kind to Belle and show her hospitality, in the hope that she will fall in love with him and break the curse.
The Beast's only hope of breaking the curse is to learn to love and be loved in return before the last petal of an enchanted rose falls. If he fails, he will remain a beast forever, and his servants will become inanimate objects. Belle and the Beast initially dislike each other, but they gradually begin to develop feelings for each other as they spend more time together. They go on magical adventures and spend their time exploring the castle and its surroundings.
Meanwhile, Gaston (Luke Evans), a handsome but vain and arrogant hunter who is infatuated with Belle, sets out to find her and bring her back to the village. When he discovers that Belle is at the castle, he becomes determined to kill the Beast and win Belle's heart. He rallies the townspeople and leads a mob to attack the castle, but Belle and the servants fight back to protect the Beast.
As time runs out and the last petal falls from the enchanted rose, Belle professes her love for the Beast just as Gaston arrives to kill him. In the ensuing fight, Gaston falls to his death, and the curse is broken as the Beast transforms back into his human form. The enchanted objects also become human again, and the castle is restored to its former glory. Belle and the Beast share a magical dance, and they live happily ever after.
Overall, "Beauty and the Beast" is a beautiful and enchanting retelling of the classic fairytale that captures the spirit and magic of the original while adding new depth and dimension to the story. The film boasts stunning visuals, a talented cast, and an unforgettable soundtrack that includes new versions of classic songs from the original movie. Whether you are a fan of the original film or are experiencing the story for the first time, "Beauty and the Beast" is a timeless and heartwarming tale that will captivate audiences of all ages.