Apr 27, 2017

Beauty and the Beast SPOILERY Review!


Hi, book blogging world! I’m back! 
As we are nearing the end of April’s Camp Nanowrimo I seriously hope you all got closer to your goals than I did, because April chewed me up and spit me out. 😁 I thought I would actually do better than I did last July because I was just finishing the story I started then and instead of a 50,000-word goal I just went for about 21,000…but yeah that so did not happen. I unfortunately had zero motivation to write anything including my blog so I’m sorry about that. But, I’m back from my hiatus and hopefully I will be able to post more regularly soon.
Now, on to Beauty and the Beast! 😄
 
I know, I know, I’m kinda late on this bandwagon, (like always) but I waiting to go see it with a friend when it came out and at the last minute both of our schedules kinda fell apart so we had to reschedule and I finally got to see it today and it was so worth the wait!


CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD


Okay, I’m sure I’m one of the last people to have seen it so there may not be many people who care about spoilers since it came out a month ago and pretty much everybody’s seen the original cartoon and it’s still basically the same story, but in case you are too broke to see it (like me) and/or you are depending on someone else to take you and you are still trying to work out timing (was also me) OR you just want to wait until it comes out on Blu-ray or Netflix or whatever and you CARE about spoilers:

DON’T READ ANY FURTHER!


Okay, people who don’t give a crap about spoilers still with me?


‘Kay, good.


Pros:

EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

No, seriously. I really loved everything I don’t know if it was just that good or if it’s because I’ve been waiting a really long time to see it, but this is definitely going to be one of my favorite Disney movies. I even liked it more than the 2015 Cinderella, and I was really surprised at how much I liked that.

Sorry, Ella 😳

But really, I loved the music, the costumes, literally every moment was so awesome and so beautiful, I was so excited I think I scarfed down all my leftover Easter candy I smuggled into my purse all during the first half of the movie. (who knew Nerds and buttered popcorn were such a great combo?)

But, as much as I want to ramble on and on and talk about literally every detail, that would take forever, plus it might not make any sense so, here is a calm, organized list of some highlights I took note of: 😜

Costumes:

  •      The costumes were gorgeous. I loved how they actually made the prince and everyone at the ball’s clothes actually historically accurate to that time period in France.

  •       Belle’s peasant dress was adorable and her famous yellow ball gown was AMAZING. I loved the scene where the magic gold melted down from the ceiling and became the finishing embellishments on her skirt. It was so gorgeous!
     Music:

  •       I loved literally all of the music! Even the new original songs they added I thought seemed to fit right into the story and I’m glad they added them instead of used them to replace any older songs. (at least I’m pretty sure they didn’t replace any.) Yes, they did change the lyrics to some of the old songs but only just a tiny bit and it didn’t bother me at all.

  •       I loved everyone’s singing, even loved Emma Watson’s. I’ve heard that not many people like it, but in my opinion I like her voice a lot better than Paige O’Hara’s in the original movie. I think my favorite scene in the whole live action one was Belle’s Reprise where turns down Gaston’s proposal and runs away to the mountains. I love Emma’s voice and that scene is so awesome because there’s so much fire in it and it gave me so many chills! I’ve seen on YouTube someone posted clips of it and a couple other scenes but I didn’t want to spoil myself so I waited until I went to the theater to see it so that was the first time I heard her sing and that scene was even better than I imagined!

Characters:

  •       Chip was adorable. There’s really not much else I think I need to say about that. I love the scene in the beginning though, where Maurice found the castle and he meets Chip and Chip moves and then feels bad because he know he freaked him out but Maurice is just like “Oh, it’s okay…” Then two seconds later: RUUUUUUUUN!!!!!!
I thought that was hilarious.

  •       Lumière was the best character because he stole the show, cuz duh, he’s Lumière.

  •       I really liked how LeFou ended up switching sides in the end and he helped save Mrs. Potts and he realized that following Gaston wasn’t worth it. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the original movie but in that version he’s just the quirky sidekick and doesn’t get any character development so as a writer I really appreciated that they added that.

Setting:

  •       Literally all of the settings and animation was so gorgeous literally even the credits were beautiful and fun to watch!

  •       The ballroom scene was gorgeous and the part where he picks her up and twirls her around and the swell of the music and the magic and lights swirling around them was so amazing it gave me chills again.

  •       When I was waiting to go see it I was most anticipating seeing the Be Our Guest scene (second to Belle and Belle’s reprise of course) because I knew with modern CGI technology it would be so cool to watch and daaaang I was right. They really outdid themselves and it was awesome and so fun to watch.😀

Plot Bunnies:

(Okay, I’m not sure you would call these plot bunnies cuz I’m not even sure I know what plot bunnies are, but these are scenes I’m really really really glad they added because they added so much depth!)

  •       I loved the little scene where Belle is teaching that little girl to read because it shows how different Belle is from their twisted society and how badly they thought of women when she got in trouble for teaching her because women weren’t allowed to be literate.

  •       I liked how in the beginning they showed how the curse actually happened because in the cartoon it was pretty vague.

  •       I love how they added all of these deep background stories like how the beast got to be so selfish and hateful and they showed how Belle’s mom died from the Black Plague, again adding actual historical events in there which I loved.

Cons:

There’s honestly not much I didn’t like about it, as you can probably tell, but I decided to add these little points even though they probably aren’t that much of a big deal. Also, it’s not that I didn’t like them or I thought that they took away from the movie or anything because they didn’t, but I was just a little confused.

  •       I’m not really sure why they had the whole part in there where Gaston pretended to believe Maurice so he went with him to look for Belle but left him tied to a tree to be eaten by wolves, and then Agathe had to come and nurse him back to health. I didn’t think that was bad or anything, I just didn’t think it was that necessary.

  •       I was a little confused on how the spell worked because obviously they’ve been cursed for years and I was content on thinking that time worked differently for the area around the castle and they were in some other realm or something. Because that would explain why the tree that Maurice found kind of acted like a portal and why he couldn’t find it later and why it was winter there when the rest of France was in summer. But, in the end they showed that some of the servants in the castle had family from the village that Belle was from, and they didn’t seem to look like they aged weirdly so that didn’t make any sense to me. But, my friend and I talked in the car on the way home and she suggested that maybe the village was also under the spell because that would explain why Belle and her father had a different mindset then everyone else and the villagers thought they were weird. Plus, I wasn’t sure until I saw the credits but they reveal that Agathe was the enchantress, so I guess she kept that whole area cursed until Belle could break it? I guess that it was also perfect that she just easily blended in with the villagers and barely anybody noticed her so she could keep an eye on things. Idk, maybe I’m thinking too much into this.😜

Anyway, the movie absolutely awesome and if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, you totally should if it’s still there in your area because seeing on a big screen is so worth it!

Seriously I loved this movie so much I’m obsessed with everything Beauty and the Beast now. I’ve been listening to Lindsey Stirling’s Beauty and the Beast Medley on repeat as I write this post and it’s so beautiful I can’t stop!

I’ll leave the link here if you want to check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-AjhXhk19U

Okay, sorry for the long post, so as a reward here’s a cute gif of Chip blowing bubbles: 😊

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