I loved LOVED BatB, especially how it showed the two of them arguing over the books they'd liked/ read, showing that they are intellectually compatible and matched in their wits (unlike her and Gaston), which is v important. I had only one tiny problem with it: I really wish they'd kept "It IS you" intact. As a little girl, that was the line that showed me that she only recognised him by his eyes and was not taken in by his handsome appearance, which fortified the story's moral.
I’m always happy to hear people LOVED the BatB live action! Especially because it was THAT good.
I understand your bitterness about the “It is you.” line. When I watched that scene I was stranged that no one said a word. Neither the Prince said “Belle, it’s me.” nor Belle said her line. BUT, was it really necessary in this version? In the animated classic some fans still question and make innocent fun of Belle ever doubting the man standing before her was her Beast. She saw him transform right in front of her eyes. How could she doubt it is the Beast? My thought has always been that Belle was in too much of a shock to realize what was happening. And could only “wake up” once she recognized the Beast through his eyes.
I have huge fondness for couples who recognize/connect to each other through their eyes, so that one thing between Belle and Beast/Adam is very important to me. And to anyone who loves them, really. Now I ask you, was that moment lost in the live action? Absolutely not. I think it is safe to say that the key fact here is that Belle knows of the curse. She knows the Beast is like that for a reason. Now she is watching the transformation and it all makes sense to her. There’s no need to question or doubt the man she sees is the Beast, she knows it’s him. And that alone is beautiful indeed. I loved the wonder in their faces looking at each other speechless, and the best part was the camara panning at the Prince’s eyes. That moment should seal the deal for the audience.
It is said that one image is worth a thousand words. I felt them not saying a word and the epic kiss was about that. And I’m happy with the final result for sure.
EDITED TO ADD: It is crystal clear Belle isn’t taken in by the Prince’s handsome appearance. She fell in love with the Beast for his heart/soul, not his looks.