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Beauty and the Beast

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Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance Country: Canada
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 Released Date: 11 Oct 2012
Runtime: 60 min Language: English
Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello, Austin Basis,

Summary: Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), shaken to the core over the fact that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. Cat must also try to navigate her evolving relationship with handsome doctor Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), who struggles with becoming a terrifying beast when he is enraged, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Cat and Vincent continue to grapple with the desire to be a normal couple while trying to keep a low profile in order to stay one step ahead of the mysterious organization known as Muirfield, now on the hunt for both of them.


“Beauty and the Beast” is versatile genre fiend Gans’ first French-lingo effort since 2001’s crossover smash “Brotherhood of the Wolf”; having enjoyed a modest hit with videogame adaptation “Silent Hill” in the interim, he’s coming off something of a commercial hot streak. That may continue closer to Gaul, where the film opened on Feb. 12 ahead of its Valentine’s Day premiere at the Berlinale. However, the revisionist fairy-tale market has been saturated by Hollywood of late, meaning non-European auds might be less susceptible to Gans’ florid vision than they were to “Wolf” — even though it’s palpably the work of the same helmer. Indeed, Gans is possibly too aggressive a stylist for the material here: This “Beauty” seems a bit too beastly for the family market, and insufficiently swoon-inducing for the femme teens that made “Huntsman” a hit.