Beauty and the Beast.
My favorite fairy tale.
A story that has been near and dear to my heart since I was a young girl. The dance, the Beast saving her from the wolves, letting her go in the end. A movie that always spoke to my heart showing what true love is, that it looks beyond the scars and flaws to the person underneath. A movie that made little five- year-old me cry because it was beautiful, it was heart-rending, and my little self just couldn’t comprehend.
I saw the new live-action remake Saturday with my mom and it was beautiful. It was enchanting. It was gorgeous. The singing, the acting, everything was perfect. Emma Watson was superb as Belle and Dan Stevens was prefect for the Beast.
I have fallen in love with the remake (I am cautious with remakes, because they are not always as good as the original) , and thought I would give y’all my honest take on it.
~ At the wedding dance, LeFou dances for all of two seconds with a man. He doesn’t seek the guy out, it was one of those spontaneous things that happens at dances.
~ LeFou sings in the tavern about how “nobody bites in a wrestling match like Gaston.” This lyric is in the animated version, and men are bitten in wrestling matches in real life. I have brothers. Professional wrestlers have done it. It happens.
~ When Gaston talks about his intention to marry Belle and LeFou asks, “What about us?” he is talking about their friendship.
~ Gaston is talking to himself in a mirror and says, “I’m not done with you yet,” and LeFou says “me neither.” Though it isn’t clear what he is talking about.
~ LeFou does hug Gaston is the tavern, but Gaston is not pleased.
~ There is a guy at the end who gets dressed like a lady and he is happy about it. I didn’t care for this part, but it lasts for only a few seconds.
My rating: 4.5 stars.
In closing, Belle didn’t fall in love with a creature, she fell in love with the person underneath. Because looks aren’t everything. And that is the beautiful story that lies underneath.
Beauty and the Beast is a Tale as old as Time. But more so is what it represents. “That a thing must be loved before it is lovable.” –G.K. Chesterton