Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last year, you know that Beauty and the Beast is now a live action movie. I’ve been waiting since the moment it was announced that this was being made to see it! My dream came true last night during the premiere of Beauty and the Beast.
Tale as old as time
If you have seen the animated version of Beauty and the Beast then you know this “tale as old as time.”
I had no idea how they were going to make this live action movie live up to the original. I have to say they totally surpassed all of my expectations. One thing that I was hoping for when I heard that they were making this movie was that they’d keep the songs. They do, and I told my daughter and her friend’s that I was going to be singing along. I did. There has to be a sing-along version of this sometime!
They’ve added original songs that add to this story in a beautiful way. For example, “Days in the Sun” is sung by the characters in the castle reminiscing about the days before the curse.
My very favorite part of this version of Beauty and the Beast is the backstory about Belle’s mother. Talk about a crying moment! I know that when the animated version of Beauty and the Beast came out, people were complaining about Maurice seeming like he was a simpleton living in his own world. They said it depicted fathers in a bad way. I really didn’t see that, but in this version Maurice is definitely not portrayed that way. He is a talented artist who grieves his wife and loves his daughter fiercely. It is beautiful.
The Prince’s youth and the loss of his mother is also depicted in a backstory in Beauty and the Beast. You get to see how he would turn into a man who would turn away an old woman begging for shelter. You can see how the characters living in the castle feel about their part in the story as well. I loved the depth this gave to the movie.
The costumes and set
Ahhh! Right from the beginning, I was in love with the costumes. That love just kept getting greater as the movie progressed. When Belle’s yellow dress gets blinged up….gorgeous! It’s impossible to describe how beautiful the dresses and suits in this movie are without seeing the movie. See the movie! The costume designer for Beauty and the Beast is Jacqueline Durran. If she’s not nominated for an Academy Award, something is wrong! She deserves high accolades for this.
I’ve always dreamed of being at the Academy Awards. I wanted to be a producer back when I was in college, but then I changed my major and never pursued that dream. Now it is my dream to be a set decorator because it looks like one of the best jobs in the world! Katie Spencer, set decorator for Beauty and the Beast, knocked it out of the park with this movie set. I want to watch this movie over and over just to look at all of the little details that make this such a gorgeous movie.
Just look at all of the details in this one frame from the movie. Gorgeous!
If you’re still not convinced, here is a new clip for you to watch! Honestly, I will see this movie multiple times. I highly recommend it for your entire family.
I did have a friend ask me if I thought her kids would be afraid, and knowing her kids, I said yes. If your children are highly sensitive to any scary elements in movies, you might want to see it without them first. The wolves are scary, and Gaston and The Beast’s fight is scary too.