Last month while in Disney, I was able to watch a full fifteen minute preview of the new Beauty and the Beast movie. I had a feeling the movie would be a huge success, and that my girls would absolutely love it. I knew the opening was Friday, so I went online to buy some tickets. To my surprise, they had a couple of screenings on Thursday, and there happened to be just three seats available for the 7pm show. Sure it was a school night, but I thought it would be a great surprise for the girls, when I picked them up that afternoon.
While watching TV over the past few weeks, they’ve seen tons of trailers for the movie, so they’ve already been looking forward to seeing it. They were psyched we were going to the movies, and as soon as we came home from school, Gemma put on her Belle dress, made by Little Gloriana. She twirled around her room, and begged to stay dressed up for the movie. I told her as long as she wore some warm bottoms, she could most certainly wear it given the super cold day.
Some movie reviews mentioned a scary part with wolves, so I prepped them before the movie in case that portion of the film was too dark for their young minds. As we watched, I even reached my hand out to both of them in case they were scared, and to my surprise they pushed my hand away. The girls were unfazed. Guess they are totally fearless, or the reviews were exaggerateed. That said, Siella grabbed for me during some of the scenes that spoke about Belle’s mother; a part of the story not revealed in previous versions of the film. And let’s talk about LeFou’s character controversy which shouldn’t have been any controversy, turned out to be the funniest character and kept us laughing the entire movie!
Speaking of other versions, I remember seeing the Beauty and the Beast movie when I was 10 years old. This new movie re-tells the animated classic, with contemporary refashions, staying true to the original music, while updating the score with several new songs. The story tells about the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Given how late it was, Gemma did not make it to the end of the movie, falling asleep in her seat. When I asked her what she thought of the it, she still says she loved it. Siella and I carried Gemma out, with smiles on our faces. On our walk home, she asked questions about why the Beast was mean at first, Belle’s parents, and the happy ending. It was really adorable, considering what an impact the movie had on me when I was a kid. I love how the new film brought the classic back to life, with an amazing cast, incredible fashions, and a more modern storyline. This time around, I think I fell in love with the relationship between Mrs. Pots and Chip, something I didn’t notice in the original.
Go see it this weekend! And if you are like my girls and now want everything Beauty and the Beast, I picked out a few items for your little princesses!