For years the world has been in love with Belle, one of Disney’s fearless princesses. She’s sensitive, selfless, intelligent, adventurous, and most of all loving. She embodies all things we want our little girls to be.
Belle is what draws people in to see the movie, but this weekend the world will also fall in love with the Beast!
Seriously, I had to stop myself. How in the world does Disney do it?
I won’t give the details to the movie away since you have yet to see it (although this is hard for me not to do). I will, however share a few things that will help make heading out to see the film this weekend even more exciting for you.
Here are several of the things I loved about the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST live-action musical:
Every scene in the movie is well thought out and amazingly executed
What you’re going to see in the live-action film is everything you saw in the animated movie and more. If you haven’t caught the side by side trailer a super fan created of the two films you should check it out. It’s pretty neat to see the trailer comparison. There are differences of course. Some things have been left out, enhanced or added, but if you loved the animated version you are probably going to love the movie even more.
Emma Watson was born to play Belle
I’ve seen movies where I’ve switched out actors in my mind who I feel can do a better job than the one in the film, but with Emma Watson this was impossible. She really is Belle. Her interpretation of the character comes across as very genuine and believable. Just like in the animated film she stands out from everyone else in town. This is one of her performances you won’t want to miss.
The Be Our Guest number in the movie should be released as it’s own music video
If I could watch the Be Our Guest scene over and over again I would. It’s delightful and whimsical and the song is so much fun to sing. To be entertained by talking animals is totally normal with Disney, but this is the only time we receive a full on cabaret from utencils and furniture. I wanted to rewind it and play it again.
The characters in the film represent the diversity of every day people
There were so many characters in the movie that I just loved and hated (I’m human), and it was nice seeing everyday folks on screen. Gaston was a total douche as expected, and his wingman, LeFou, was extremely hilarious and loyal, but I wanted to put both of these bad guys in a headlock (just like in real life). The three the maidens in town don’t get much screen time, but when they do they act every bit as thirsty as some women today (No kidding…I swear these ladies must’ve given lessons). Being as though this story was written so long ago, it was nice to see characters of color included in the cast and I also saw at least two interracial couples…go Disney! The Enchantress was wonderful and she turned out to be one of my favorite characters. She reminded me of several wise women I’ve met in life and her message was everything!
True beauty is found within
The costumes are beautifully designed and crafted
I’ve watched a few videos of the costume designer telling details about the costumes in the film and I always enjoy these kinds of clips. So much detail and planning goes into creating the perfect clothes for movie scenes. The functionality of the costumes draws you into the characters lives even more. From the way the Belle has her dress hitched up to mount her horse, to the extra large pockets she has to carry around her favorite books, these designs make the movie even more real.
The Beast is more than just a beast. He’s a man and a prince, so it’s only normal that there is some charm there. He’s no Prince William, but he could be!
We all know that on the surface Belle is held hostage by the Beast and she eventually grows to love him, but we often overlook the events that lead up to Belle meeting the Beast and everything that takes place in her small town while she is in captivity. I would encourage viewers to focus on other characters in the film and get to know the stories behind the story.
The Enchantress doesn’t just teach the Beast a lesson, she entertains us with his staff after turning them into furniture. The talking furniture provides the comedic relief in the film and without it it would be a really creepy hostage story. Fortunately, the furniture in the house helps us understand the backstory of the Beast as well as their part in him being turned into a beast in the first place. One piece of furniture in particular stole the show for me.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been one of my favorites since I was a young girl and I’m so excited to see it turned into a live action movie. I hope you’ll have a chance to check it out with your family.
Until then, #BeOurGuest
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