Again, I stand sorrowful before you readers.
I really have no excuse this time. It’s been over a week, and there’s honestly no apologizing for it, except to promise to try my hardest not to abandon you again. 😢
Today’s movie is one I’ve been wanting to see since it was announced early last year:
Synopsis(as if we needed one😂):
Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.
-Submitted by Anonymous, IMDb.com
Oh, my land.
Look, I knew it was going to be good. I went in with high expectations. But still, wow.
Let’s have a bit of backstory here. Beauty and the Beast has long been my favorite princess movie, and one of my top five favorite movies of all time. I watch it at least once a month(in fact, I may watch it tonight). I consider Alan Menken and Howard Ashman(lyricist and composer for the original movie) to be one of the two top songwriting duos of all time, and Ashman was taken from us entirely too soon. 😢
So, you can see I’m a bit biased about this movie. It absolutely encompasses everything I love about Disney movies. So the new live action had some big shoes to fill for me.
And boy, did it ever deliver.
It was everything I wanted it to be and more. It filled in plot holes in the original (why did no one remember there was a Prince less than a mile from their village?), it brought beautiful new songs into the repertoire of classics in the BatB soundtrack, and didn’t you just love Emma Thompson’s beautiful rendition of the titular song? Epic. Simply epic.
I have nitpicks, of course, but they are minor compared to the majestic beauty of this film. For instance, why did they change lyrics in Gaston’s songs? Both of his major songs had significant changes to their lyrics from the original, and it didn’t seem to serve any purpose to the narrative as a whole. It didn’t really take away from the movie for me, except when I tried to sing along. 😂
Overall, this movie is so amazing and worth the watch. I wouldn’t take young children to it in theaters, though, as it’s a bit darker than the original, and therefore is a bit scarier.
Now to sit and wait until it comes out on a Blu-Ray, so I can watch it over and over again. ❤
PS: As to the “controversy” surrounding the gay element that’s been making headlines, there was nothing to it. There’s one second of screen time for a guy who’s been dressed as a woman by the wardrobe, who looks like he likes it. There’s a bit where LeFou gets a little close for comfort to Gaston, but it’s swiftly stopped. Other than that, there seemed to be a bit of an undertone of tension between LeFou and Gaston, but I’m convinced I only saw that because I was on the lookout for it. I will be letting my kids watch it when it comes out on BluRay(Lil’ Bit’s too young to sit in a theater for that long), and I’ll have no qualms about letting them watch it.