“Here’s where she meets Prince Charming, but she won’t discover that its him ’til chapter 3” – Belle, Beauty and the Beast
Kirsten and I were lucky enough to go see an advanced screening of Beauty and the Beast remake. And let me tell you that it was AMAZING!!!! It is visually spectacular, beautifully acted and emotionally moving. Disney, a media power house is able to take a classic tale and make it relevant to today. I love Disney’s original animated Beauty and the Beast. I won’t say how old I was when it came out but I did see it in the theatre. Set in a small town in France, the timeless tale is a story of beauty within and believing in yourself. I was almost hesitant to see the new movie for fear that it would not live up to the hype. I was wrong- so wrong!!!!
The live action movie adds the the original in so many ways. They did a superb job of recreating the wonderful music from the animated feature. However, somehow seeing be our guest be performed in this way was beyond anything I could have imagined. The live action movie also adds some new and beautifully touching songs that enhances the experience of the film. The new movie adds back-story that answers the questions that were raised in the cartoon like: what happened to Belle’s mother? and Why is it winter at the beasts castle and nowhere else?
But there are also some changes that make the story more relevant to the times. Belle is smart, brave, selfless and kind. There is a clear effort to show how smart she is as she helps her dad, invents things herself and teaches a village child to read. I love Belle as a princess role model for my daughter. I also love that Maurice, Belle’s father, is not portrayed as a bumbling fool in this Beauty and the Beast remake.
Both of these adaptations steer well away from Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s original story. That story features multiple siblings for Belle, invisible servants and no angry mob. Personally, I like the enchanted castle of the Disney version much better – but be on the look out Monday, when we showcase Robert Sabuda’s pop-up edition of Villeneuve’s classic.