So last week I saw Beauty and the Beast with a friend, we decided to watch it at Blitz Velvet just to be hedonistic for once and because we wanted the in-bed movie experience again. At first we wanted to watch Kong Skull Island but decided with Beauty and the Beast the day before because it was already released and the movie hype was just so real.
As a huge Disney fan since I was little, of course I grew up watching princess movies. My personal favorite was Aurora the Sleeping Beauty because all she did was sleep. That’s the kind of content I relate to. But Belle also had her own charm on me as a kid, and I remember being intrigued by her when I re-watched the movie in middle school that Belle didn’t want to marry into the plush easy life of being Gaston’s wife even though the Bimbettes were literally fighting for his affection. It definitely was something. The next time I realized how good the Beauty and the Beast story was when I watched the live stage version at the Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios several summers ago. It was the first time I realized the depth of the story, the different aspects of the characters, and how good the music was. It was an amazing show, to say the least.
I’m quite happy to say that the new movie managed to capture all the aspects I loved from the story. The movie delved into the backstories of each main characters just enough that it definitely wrapped the movie’s plot well. I could understand Belle’s own struggles with her feelings as she left the castle, I could feel Beast’s conflicts throughout the movie, I could easily relate to all the other characters. The plot mostly followed the original with a few minor changes that I felt only added to the overall good writing. I was concerned that this movie couldn’t capture the emotions portrayed by the original movie, but to my surprise it did. I could easily feel Belle and Beast caring for each other deeper as the movie went and by the ballroom scene I was captured. The conflict only added another layer of emotions on top of everything, and the climax did really feel emotional (I heard my friend sniffle next to me). The resolution and final scenes were definitely feel-good scenes, and it wrapped the movie nicely with a happy ending.
On the production itself, it was no surprise since it came from Disney, but it was amazing. The musical scenes were choreographed and performed with such extravagance, especially “Be Our Guest”. Now as a fashion student, I was so stoked to see how accurate the costumes are to 18th century France, which is the time period where the story takes place. From Gaston’s outfit to Beast’s party outfit to the soft-colored Rococo dresses the ladies at the castle wore, I could easily make an essay (but I won’t since I already did a presentation on Baroque and Rococo fashion last semester). The decorations are on point as well to the era’s architecture, but what do I know.
All in all, if you’re a huge fan of Disney, you won’t want to miss this one. Even for non-Disney fans as well, this movie is a great refresher to the old and classic fairy tale we all grew up with and I do think this is a movie to watch, be it by yourself, with your lover, with friends, or with family.