That's right, casting Emma Watson as Belle was a mistake. Not that she doesn't have moments, but mostly it's those around her, with whom she's interacting, that have the moments. When the beast takes Belle into his massive library, you're expecting an "Oh, My God" reaction... nope, not here, in fact she acts dumbstruck rather than awestruck. Her singing is fine, but whereas the Beast discovers he has a heart, hers is, I suspect Emma was thinking more about the buckos going into her bank account rather than earn them by giving us a believable performance.
There were a couple of other minor issues I had, one with costuming. I have no idea who made the decision to put Dan Stevens in baby blue at the end, but it was a mistake. He comes across as too foppish. And the gay scene all those Crazy Christian Moms were complaining about... which one? There are a number of them, and they're not quietly hidden away.
So, there you are. In the end the Beast wins his way into our hearts while the start of the movie seems to prefer playing her part as though she's a stand-in. That's right, Dan is the Belle of this Ball.