Many moons ago when I was in high school, my younger sister fell asleep each and every night to the soundtrack of Beauty & the Beast. Growing up, it was a big deal whenever a new animated Disney Princess film was released and my mom would take us. She would say, “I am so glad I have young daughters so I can go see these films.” To this day, I believe in “happily ever after” and Princes rescuing beautiful Princesses (sorry, I know this doesn’t gel with the current strong independent female mindset)
Truthfully, I wasn’t that excited to see the new version of Beauty & the Beast which opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, March 16, 2017. To be perfectly blunt, I was skeptical that the studio would be able to pull it off with actors and didn’t want them messing with my beloved childhood fairy tale.
Yet I couldn’t turn it down when I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening last night and curiosity got the better of me. But I went in prepared not to fall in love with it.
From the moment the movie started, I was 100% drawn into it and fully captivated. Emma Watson is a flawless beauty and exactly as the real-life version of Belle should be. (She also reminded me of Little House on the Prairie’s Laura Ingalls and a beautiful childhood friend I grew up with).
The scenery was exquisite. The songs make you want to sing out loud along to them. I was practically swaying in my seat, dancing especially during “Be Our Guest.”
In some ways, Josh Gad as a gay LeFou stole the movie, but that could be because I watched the movie with blogger Mitch Chaitin (gaynycdad.com) and his family. Honestly, every character was powerful and played an important role. Luminer, the featherduster, the Cadenza, Mrs. Potts (the teapot) and Chip (the teacup) all stole my heart.
I kept thinking about how heavy and large the Beast was.
The costume designs were amazing and award worthy. In my opinion, this Beauty & the Beast far & away surpasses La La Land both as a musical.
The few edits I would make to the film are to delete the few unknown songs which are not into the original movie and when the Beast transforms back into a Prince at the end, I did not like his appearance. (but that’s minor).
I could go on and on but I’m going to let you experience this phenomenal movie for yourself. I am so happy I went to the screening instead of staying home and watching Nick Vial’s season finale of The Bachelor.
I award Beauty & the Beast 5 out of 5 roses and teacups.
Plan to see it over the weekend.
Now I want to take my family to see Beauty & the Beast on Broadway. I’m also so excited for the upcoming movie version Little Mermaid with Lin-Manuel.