Five for Families: 'Beauty and the Beast' continues line of live-action tales
Posted March 18
Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider, as recommended. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
The recent release of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," continues the live-action remakes of popular animated films. Get lost in the "tale as old as time" along with other animated tales brought to life. Here are five live-action films for families to consider.
In theaters: 'Beauty and the Beast' (2017)
Disney's classic animated tale comes to life in the live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast." The story features Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Common Sense Media awarded the film its "Great For Families" seal, noting that "the story encourages viewers to look beyond the superficial and to be compassionate, curious, humble and generous." The website also added the "gorgeous costumes and extraordinary set design add to the movie's overall delight, but it's the performances that stand out in this memorable musical remake." Parent Previews said Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the film, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs. The film is rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.
Netflix: 'Pete's Dragon' (2016)
This live-action remake of the 1976 animated movie follows a forest ranger who is determined to find the truth of a young boy who claims to live in the woods with a dragon named Elliot. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its “Family Approved” seal for all ages and said the film will “inspire a sense of awe” in families. The website cautions parents to read the content before viewing the film. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.
Netflix: 'The Jungle Book' (2016)
The “man-cub” Mowgli is raised by kind wolves but leaves his home after a menacing tiger threatens the pack. According to Catholic News Service, “Forest, fauna and beast never looked as good as they do in ‘The Jungle Book’ (Disney), a lavish retelling of the 1894 collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling.” The Dove Foundation awarded the film its “Family-Approved” seal for ages 12 and older. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.
Redbox: 'Cinderella' (2015)
This recent version of the well-loved fairy tale is told with particular emphasis on courage and kindness despite unfavorable circumstances. In addition to its positive theme, Parents Television Council praised the film for its lack of objectionable content, adding, “Filled with luscious visuals, action, comedy and above all romance, ‘Cinderella’ deserves to be seen by every family.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.
Clearplay.com calls “Maleficent” a “wonderful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale,” stating “the emotional and physical drama of Maleficent keep things interesting throughout. Add to this a wonderful spin on ‘true love’s kiss,’ and you have a winner.” The review also praised the film’s cinematography and Angelina Jolie for her performance as the title character. The website warns that the film contains “a handful of violent and disturbing images” that “would be scary for very young viewers.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.