25 May 2014 | SnoopyStyle
Cheesy production could have been much worst
Beauty (Rebecca De Mornay) is a dutiful considerate girl who takes care of her four frivolous siblings. Bad news pile on and on. First father (Yossi Graber) lost a ship, then the chief clerk ran off with the cash box, and now the whole storehouse has burnt down. They are reduced to living in a cottage. News arrive that their ship survived and father goes off to retrieve the ship promising to bring back gifts for everyone and a rose for Beauty. However when he arrives, the ship has been sold to pay off the men. On the way back, he seeks shelter in the castle of the Beast (John Savage). He is shown great hospitality, but before he leaves, he picks a rose from the garden. This transgression angers the Beast and sentences him to death. The Beast allows him to go home and retrieve one of his daughters to take his place willingly. Beauty goes back with his father and takes his place at the castle. In return, the Beast gives father 2 chests filled with treasures to take back.
The Golan-Globus production is pretty cheesy. The dialog is stilted. The three lead actors are experienced and try admirably. The others especially the siblings come off very poorly. The songs are off-Broadway worthy and nobody embarrasses themselves singing. It's a poor production that rests solely on the talents and beauty of Rebecca De Mornay. It could have gone much worst considering the amateurish directions and production style. The effects shot are old school and done poorly. The costume are garish. The look of the beast is reasonable if a little stiff. It's a variation of the lion look. This would be a good remake 20 year before. But 4 years later, Disney would have the standard and blow this one into oblivion.