Last Sunday I went to see Beauty and the Beast at the new cinema in town. It’s so huge and they even have a wall with M&M’s sorted by colour! But back to the movie. It was lovely and today I will share some of my thoughts on this film with you.
I think we all know what this story is about: a beautiful and smart girl/woman falls in love with the man who keeps her imprisoned. Yep, huge Stockholm syndrome vibes! And oh, the man also happens to be a monstrous beast. Not unimportant.
I never watched the animation by Disney as a kid, but I had a videotape with ‘Belle’s wonderful stories’ (a sort of sequel) and I loved it. And I think, although I never saw it, it was my favourite fairy tale. Mostly because I thought the beast was very handsome, that is: in his beast form. Yep. I was an odd kid, but I guess I wasn’t the only one!
At the age of 17-18 I finally watched the original disney film and of course I loved it. So when I heard that there was going to be an adaptation with real people, and Emma Watson! I knew I had to see it in the theater. And so I did!
At the start I was often thought “what did I do, bringing Pieter to this film”, because half of the film consists of singing. Luckily there also was a lot of humor involved, so he loved it as well. Thank Glob.
I really think they couldn’t have chosen anyone better than Emma Watson for the part of Belle. I adore what Emma stands for, in real life, and that she chose to go to university beside being an actress. So, since Belle is not only beautiful, but also smart and innovative, I think they did a great job! Belle was the only disney’princess’ that I could really identify myself with. And I still can! HAVE YOU SEEN THE LIBRARY SHE GETS FROM THE BEAST?! I had a hard time supressing my squeals at that moment. ALL THOSE BOOKS! WHERE IS MY LIBRARY?! okay, back to calmth now.
Lastly, I loved the subtle contemporary hints they added. For example Gaston’s companion LeFou, for obvious reasons. Or men who love to dress up as women, I did not expect that moment at all haha!
Okay, long story short. I normally already have a hard time supressing my tears while watching a film at the cinema, because it’s very impressive with the loud sound and huge screen, but this time it was especially hard: I absolutely really loved this film. So I might have shed a tear or two.