What would Howard Ashman have thought? We’ll never know. But as the credits rolled on “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney’s live-action update of its own 1991 animated masterwork, I found myself perusing the late, great lyricist’s words in search of a phrase that would do the experience justice.
“Just a little change; small, to say the least”? A bit of an understatement.
“Perfect, a pure paragon”? Alas, no.
Oddly, the correct answer sprang from another genius Ashman-Alan Menken collaboration entirely: “Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?”
The new “Beauty and the Beast” is a look-at-this-stuff...