Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Sometimes the widespread 'corporate ruining filmz!!!' mindset gets a bit much, but I admit I had brief thoughts along that line during this, before I remember that Cinderella is the same kind of remake and I quite liked that one. Kenneth Branagh might be the key, as he remakes the general storyline and, most importantly, the feelings that the original animated film inspires with a few updates, without slavishly using it almost as storyboard.
This film has some good updates as well -- Belle a fuller, more assertive character; her relationship with the Beast a bit more fleshed out; Gaston even more deliciously cartoonish than his animated counterpart, thanks to Luke Evans having a hoot; the servants feeling more like real characters, including their surprisngly affecting tranformation moment at the climax (almost Toy Story 3-ish in its 'mutual-acceptance-in-face-of-impending-doom' effectiveness, actually); etc. But otherwise following the original almost beat-by-beat without its own cinematic or visual imagination creates a weird, distracting disconnect, like watching a diluted version or a supplemental feature. And Condon directs this more like some stage adaptation which really makes the animation-based visual set-pieces feel lumbering and a bit dull at times (I liked "Be Our Guest" though, and especially (whisper) liked this version of the song better than the original).
Now that I think about it, the key dresses in this and Cinderella provide a good summary in contrasting execution enough: Lily James' is different than the animation's but invokes the same wonder (maybe even more spectacular), while Watson's feels wholly like a diluted, blander version. And a diluted, almost step-by-step version of a film really has no business being half an hour longer. 5.5/10