I am going to start off by saying I freaking love Beauty and the Beast. I remember watching this movie over and over and over again as a child, and even going to see it at the IMAX theatre when they “released it from the Disney Vault” in 2002-ish. [I went to Disney World for the first time at age 3 – I think I
begged to met Belle and Beast 14 times that trip].
Naturally, this live-action rebuttal of this Disney classic had me feeling butterflies everyday since I knew this would even be a thing. Last Saturday night, I saw the movie. And I can honestly say, it exceeded my already super-high expectations.
I am going to start off on a negative note, and then head to the positive. Today’s media sucks. This is no secret whatsoever. The media finds both the bad and the good in everything, but lately, it seems like the focus is on everything bad. Prior to seeing this movie, I was devastated to think that people were not only boycotting the film, but Disney in general because they portrayed LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick, as an openly gay character.
If your faith leads you to believe that homosexuality is a sin, that is absolutely fine. That is your opinion, your beliefs, your faith, and I will never, ever tell you that you are wrong for what you believe. I will say, however, that the media way overshot this preconceived notion of a “gay ending” to this film, and that there is absolutely no reason for any backlash or protests whatsoever. The film is family and faith friendly, I promise.
This “gay ending” went exactly like this [ALERT: if you didn’t see it and don’t want to know what happens, don’t read this] – LeFou was dancing with a female dance partner, got mixed up during one of the turns, ended up dancing with a male, and the camera panned away. This literally lasted all of 0.003 seconds. This bit was so insignificant to the film, that when my boyfriend and I discussed this topic after watching it, he had no idea what I was even talking about.
Now onto the good. Holy cow did I love this film. Emma Watson as Belle, are we kidding? Could she be any more beautiful? Could she be any more of a bad-ass princess? No, no she could not. I love that she did not want to be portrayed as a frilly, dainty, weak princess but rather as a heroine who was not afraid to fight back. #GIRLPOWER to the extreme. Plus, how crazy is it that this new generation will not know Emma as Hermione, but as Belle?! WILD.
I am going to see this again, no doubt. And I will probably see it more after that, and preorder the DVD and watch it until it breaks. For real.
Here are my top reasons to go see this film [and enjoy every second of it]:
- Emma Watson. No further explanation needed. You will love her in this role approximately 0.0001 seconds after they show her on screen for the first time.
- Luke Evans and Josh Gad as Gaston and LeFou. They played these roles to an absolute T. The casting director deserves every good thing coming his way, because this match could not have been any better.
- The costuming. I leaned over to my boyfriend not even 10 seconds into the film and said “I bet you $20 the costuming is nominated for an Oscar next season, maybe even winning.” Every single outfit was breathtaking. Every. Single. One.
- The soundtrack. I am guilty of downloading the soundtrack immediately the next morning, and I really haven’t been able to stop listening to it. It’s pathetic, I know. But it is just soooooo good.
- The Beast, post Beast as a human prince. Hot, hot, hot.
- EVERYTHING. I have no complaints, so I will end this list before I ramble on about the entire movie [and spoil it for people who have not seen it yet].
The soundtrack, A+, the costuming A+, the film itself, A+++++. Go. You won’t regret it. xoxo.