Yeah, yeah, we know. The movie has been out for almost three weeks – so what took us so long? We just didn’t have the opportunity with our travels to find enough time for a night at the movies. The important thing is we finally did it! We saw the new Disney Beauty and the Beast live action movie in 3D.
With just a few exceptions, this story strays very little from the original 1991 animated movie; from the bookworm Belle, to the antagonist Gaston who is bent on marrying her, to the iconic songs and French setting. The director and writers have taken the liberty of expanding on parts of the story that were left to the imagination in the original, such as the fate of Belle’s mother (most Disney movies are notoriously missing at least one parent). The Enchantress who cast the beastly spell on the prince plays a much larger, and surprising role in this story.
The story also goes farther in humanizing the beast when he begins quoting Shakespeare, and then grumbles when Belle tells him that Romeo and Juliet is her favorite, which helps the audience realize that under that scary, hairy façade is a person who is capable of feeling. The beast is also given Continue Reading →