Review: Beauty and the Beast

Originally published on CommonSpace.

Trapped in time, Disney’s animated classic is protected from certain criticisms.

Belle is a little too perfect; the central romance is borne out of a kidnapping; and the film’s climax makes a mockery of its message up until that point, turning Beast into a conventionally dashing lad after atoning for his sins. Regardless, it is still one of the most magical stories ever told, and it retains that status because of its historical context.

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