Growing up my VHS collection consisted of Disney movies that I would watch once, rewind it and watch again. Although, I had all the princesses movies, one stole my heart and it continues to be my favorite.
I can’t believe it’s been 25 years, and even though it came out on the year I was born, I always felt like Beauty and the Beast was a movie I was always meant to see.
With the upcoming live action adaption ready to be release in March 2017, and the 25th anniversary edition release, I thought what a perfect opportunity to review, “A tale as old as time.”
The movie begins with how the Beast was cursed. An old woman begged the Prince, a Prince who was known to have everything as well as a bitter heart, for shelter in exchange for a rose. The Prince dismissed the old man who ended up being a beautiful Enchantress. The Enchantress cursed the Prince and turned him into a Beast and the rest of the people in the castle. She gave him two things as well, a mirror as his only access to the outside world and the rose that will wilt until his 21st birthday until he learned to love and have that someone love him back. If he would fail before the last leaf falls he and everyone in the castle would stay cursed forever.
Theory: Disney is known to make adults cry, that’s no secret. But what is also said is that they’re are always unanswered questions in the films or plots holes. Re-watching the movie I had the same questions others have already asked, however I have a theory to some.
In the beginning the Enchantress cursed the Prince, and the rose would wilt until his 21st birthday. In the song, “Be our Guest” Lumiere reveals that it has been 10 years since they had anyone in the castle. Which means the Prince would have been around 11 years old. Now I’m not going to get into why the Enchantress would curse a child by not allowing a stranger into the castle, because I have no response to that one.
My theory goes to the painting the Beast rips in the west wing. If he were 11 at the time of the curse that painting shouldn’t exist because it looked exactly how he did at the end of the movie, and he had turned 21. Imagine this though. The painting is actually his father. Although his parents were never mentioned, he would still have some things of theirs. What if when he was younger, the Prince was always told he looked like his father, the King? So when he was turned into the Beast the image of his father, someone he hoped would look like someday, became too painful to look at because he was the Beast.
Again, to all his own, but watching the movie again, I found that it made more sense to me than it just being a mistake.
In the town Belle is known to be strange and different. She knows she’s an outcast because of her love for literature and a father, who is also judged because he’s an inventor. Belle wants more out of her life than living in a cottage in a town who judge her.
Like every Disney movie we need a villain and Gaston is it. Gaston is your typical self-centered, conceited, and obsessive. Gaston sees Belle as a challenge and his obsession grows when Belle rejects him time and time again.
Belle’s father gets lost in the woods while he was on his way to a convention and finds the Beast’s castle. Outraged the Beast hold him prisoner. Belle arrives and begs the Beast to release her father. Belle sacrifices her freedom for the release of her father and the Beast accepts.
We meet Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts, just some of the residence in the castle who were also cursed by the Enchantress. Believing that Belle could be the woman who they’ve been waiting for, try to help the Beast woo her. Taking her father away and hold her captive aside.
When Lumiere and Cogsworth are in the scenes you know they’re going to bring the humor and you laugh every time. Just like Beast, they’re just as eager to return to human form.
Other than the story, a Disney film isn’t a disney film without a kickass soundtrack and Beauty and the Beast is no exception, to prove that it won an Oscar for it.
The Beast suddenly falls in love with Belle and tries to impress her any way he can. Just as things begin to look for him, she asks to see her father. She learns that her father went into the cold night to rescue her. The Beast releases her and gives her the magic mirror as a remembrance.
Gaston learns of her return and creates a plan to finally marry Belle, against her wishes of course. Gaston paid a director of an asylum to take Belle’s father away if she didn’t agree to marry him. Desperate Belle reveals the magic mirror to prove her father isn’t crazy about the Beast. The town people become fraintic and Gaston creates a group to go off and kill the Beast.
The town’s people, lead by Gaston, attack the castle only to have the castle attack back. Gaston seeks out the Beast only to find that he’s lost the will to fight without Belle. When Belle arrives just in time to yell out Beast attacks Gaston. Beast remembers the hatred he once had in his heart before Belle, so he gives him mercy and lets him go. Just as he is about to embrace Belle again Gaston stabs him which causes his own death. Gaston loses balance and falls off the castle.
Beast, now dying tells her he is glad to have seen her one last time. The Beast dies and Belle realizes she’s fallen in love with him. The last pedal of the rose falls and suddenly sparks flare around them.
The spell brakes and reveals the Beast as a young Prince. The Beast no more the spell changes everyone in the castle as well.
The castle is over joyed and celebrate. Belle and the Prince dance in the hall once again and they live happily ever after!
Beauty and The Beast captured the hearts of millions and continues to be a beloved tale. I didn’t think it was possible to love this movie more than I did when I was growing up. Embracing your uniqueness, loving someone for what’s underneath, and the value of family, and the true effect of love. What more can you ask?
The moment I found out about the live action adaption I nearly had a heart attack! To have this beautiful tale brought to life with the advances we have now in technology, not to mention Hermione herself Emma Watson would be playing Belle, just take my heart and soul! The cast couldn’t be more perfect and the photographs that have been released, proves that they’re keeping what make Beauty and the Beast so wonderful.