When I found out that Beauty and the Beast was being remade into a real life I lost it. My level of excitement was through the roof. I have been counting down the days until tonight to see the movie at the first available time slot…in 3D…IMAX. Yeah, I was THAT excited.
I slid on my Disney roses LuLaRoe leggings and a pink shirt and I was ready to go. My son thought it would be cool to wear his furry slippers like “the beast” so I obliged. He’s never been to an IMAX theater, let alone a 3D movie so he was stoked even though he didn’t believe the screen was as big as I was telling him.
I don’t want to give away too many spoilers since most of the world probably won’t see the film until this weekend but oh. my. god. My childhood dreams came true! Beauty and the Beast was absolutely phenomenal. I couldn’t stop talking about it after we left and E was just telling me to hush.
I think I should state that I really don’t think people understand that I have loved Beauty and the Beast ever since I was a child. I didn’t just love Belle as a character I wanted to physically be Belle. I remember thinking that I was just like her when I was younger except I needed brown contacts to match her eyes. She was an average girl who was in love with books. I read nonstop when I was younger and I remember dreaming of having a library like Belle had in the castle. But I digress.
The casting for this film was superb. Every single actor nailed their character to a tee. I love that they kept Belle natural through the whole film and didn’t load her face with makeup. Gaston was a perfect fit though I wish he would have swallowed a bunch of raw eggs like the animated version, haha. Lefou was a perfect sidekick for Gaston. He still was goofy but in a more natural way and not over the top annoying.
Last but surely not least, the Prince. Dan Stevens, I didn’t know who you were before tonight but I promise I won’t forget those gorgeous blue eyes now. He was so hot as the prince with those long locks(cleans drool off the floor). Then again, I’ve always been a sucker for long haired men. Wait, what is the beast is where my obsession started and I never realized it until now?! Mind blown.
Now for the actual film, I promise I won’t spoil anything. This adaptation was a more realistic version that I welcomingly accepted. Some scenes were omitted and some were changed and combined. They threw in a bit of humor along the way which was really fitting and an added bonus to the film. There was more to the story than what is portrayed in the animated version regarding Belle and the Prince’s parents which helped them bridge that beast to human gap.
The castle. Holy mother of Buddha was it darkly perfect! It was a lot different than what I was expecting but so flipping cool at the same time. I would have been terrified to walk around outside or any stairs for that matter. Speaking of the castle, there’s totally a giveaway happening to win a trip for you and 20 friends to stay at the castle.
As for the music, Ah-mazing! All of it was true to the animated version with the exception of a couple new pieces. I liked some and was on the fence with others. I’m assuming that these pieces are maybe from broadway? I’ve never seen Beauty and the Beast on broadway(sadly) so I can’t vouch for it. With the first song, I was getting chills because it was on point and well, you know, I’m obsessed. Even “Tale as Old as Time” in the last scene with them dancing had me in tears. Yes you guys, this grown woman was in the theater tearing up over Beauty and the Beast.
Obviously, you can tell from this post how much I loved the film and you better believe I will be purchasing the highest edition of it when it becomes available. However, just some quick tips before you head out to see it. 1. Don’t be late! There is no messing around; when it’s time to start the story jumps right in just like the animated version. However, since there are some differences in this version, you don’t want to miss out. 2. The wolves are pretty legit in the movie. I could see little ones possibly getting pretty scared by it so keep this in mind. 3. Soak up every single second of this tale because its worth every penny!