4 out of 5 stars to the 2017 release of Beauty and the Beast. If you’re unfamiliar with the latest version, check it out at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2771200/
I’m sure most people have heard this story before… either through the Disney versions or reading the original French fairy tale. In case you haven’t, the story goes essentially as follows:
- Prince doesn’t realize how good he has it and fails to be kind to others.
- A curse is placed upon him, where he will turn into a beast for a very long time.
- Years later, he may or may not torture a village (different versions).
- A beautiful maiden, Belle, meets the Beast.
- He captures her and she’s forced to stay in his castle.
- She stays there to protect her family and the village from him.
- She falls for him, but he cannot allow himself to be with her.
- He eventually lets her go, his way of showing his love.
- Belle leaves, but something draws her back.
- She kisses him and the curse is broken, now that’s he’s learned his lesson.
Disney tells the story one way. Literature another. The TV show Once Upon a Time yet even other way. But it always comes down to the simple saying:
“If you love someone, set them free. If it’s meant to be, they will come back to you.”
I never realized how much this story was similar to Phantom of the Opera. What’s with those French? That said, I’ve seen a few versions before this one. I wasn’t anxious to see it in the movie theatre, so I simply downloaded it On Demand this weekend and watched it with a lovely glass of champagne… or a bottle actually… somehow in the 2 hours the movie ran, I finished off the whole bottle. And no, I’m not saying the movie drives you to drink. It just happened.
I enjoyed the movie and the changes in the story. The graphics were amazing, especially with all the inanimate object characters that come to life. Wow! That was fantastic editing. The music was good. The acting was strong. All in all, a solid effort. It didn’t completely overwhelm me, so it earns a 4 out of 5 on my movie scale. Key players include:
Jean the Potter
What I found most interesting was all the hullabaloo over LeFou being gay in the movie. From everything I’d heard, I expected him to be flamboyant, out and a main part of the show. But it was such a small aspect… he flirted a tiny bit with Gaston. He danced with another guy at the end. And he had a bit of flair. But so did they all. Ugh, please. Not even worth mentioning anymore. Was totally fine for all viewers. And to think a movie theatre wouldn’t show the film. Yikes.
The setting and scenery between the abandoned castle and the woods were gorgeous, especially the aerial views, which seemed to capture everything. I thought the film was a bit short and could have told a few more stories between some of the other characters, as if you didn’t know who all the characters were from previous versions, you might have missed a few pieces of the beginning and how they connected to the rest of the movie.
Anyone else see it? What’d ya think?
About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”
I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.
The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.
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