I FINALLY got to see Beauty and the Beast on Saturday and oh my gosh it was everything I thought it would be and more!
Since I was in Puerto Rico for my cousin’s wedding the weekend the movie came out, my sister, mom and I had plans to go together the following weekend. Well, some stuff came up and we kept trying to find a date that worked for all of us and finally we chose this past Saturday! It was all I could do to not read anything about the movie until I saw it myself and could form my own opinions and I just want to say, I loved it.
We went to a theater near me with reclining seats and everything. It was pretty magical. And then the movie started. I was always a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast because I could relate to Belle, having my nose stuck in a book constantly and all, and I just love the movie and the characters. My other favorites are Lumiere (because he’s hilarious and such a lady’s man) and Mrs. Potts (because Angela Lansbury, duh). Angela Lanssbury is my ultimate favorite but I could go off on a huge tangent about her and I am trying to talk about the new film anyway. So anyway, Beauty and the Beast has always been a love of mine.
This movie went above and beyond. I hadn’t been able to avoid this one article about the movie that said it covered a few plot holes and questions brought up by the original so I had expected the whole kingdom being affected by the spell and forgetting the castle thing but oh my gosh the parts about Belle’s mother?? Wow, I mean they really went in depth with that backstory. I also thought it was an interesting choice to change Maurice from an inventor to an artist (although he was sort of an artist/inventor I suppose) and I’m not sure why that choice was made except maybe to open up the whole mom backstory or just because building a steam powered log cutter may have been too much for this film I don’t know (although I can’t see how that would be the case because talking/moving furniture). I did miss Chip saving the day – his part in this movie was not quite as large – but I mean, if there was no log chopper to begin with he wouldn’t have been able to get them out anyway.
Let’s talk about how much I love LeFou’s character. Seriously, talk about growth and becoming self-aware. He has a serious conscience where Gaston so obviously does not. He is obviously scared of Gaston (rightly so) and loyal to him out of fear and admiration. He tries to act as a conscience for Gaston, but Gaston is too thick to listen and only thinks of himself. In the end, LeFou finally realizes that Gaston is not someone who will watch his back, he’s the guy that throws you in front of an attacking organ. I love when LeFou joins forces with Mrs. Potts and reveals that he is switching sides – it is both comedic and refreshing that he is finally not blinded by his adoration for Gaston and can finally see through him – something that was in development the whole film. Then there is the (apparently controversial) last dance scene where he is shown switching partners and ends up dancing with another man. Personally, I loved this decision and it is a testament to my decision to read nothing about Beauty and the Beast beforehand that I had no idea this was going to happen. Honestly, I wish everyone watched the movie as I did, with no idea it was coming because then the build up may not have been so ridiculous. It was when we were leaving and I said how I loved that moment that my sister told me about the controversy. And then I read a few articles about it and that just got me frustrated. Frustrated that it was made into a big deal when it was really more of a breath of fresh air. A character that in the original movie was more a comedic relief of a sidekick became a human with layers and had his own moments and deserves his own happily ever after (although that wasn’t even what this was, it was a freaking millisecond of a moment where two men danced together). I wasn’t planning on getting into the whole gay thing but I wanted to talk about LeFou’s character and how much I ended up loving him by the end of the movie. Especially his teamwork with Mrs. Potts and especially the choice for him to be gay. The end.
Okay, how much do we love all of the music in the movie? I bought the soundtrack so I’ll be listening to it like 24/7 from now until it gets too much for me. I absolutely love the music from the movie to begin with but I love the new voices and the actors making it their own. That just warms my heart.
Okay if you’re still here, thanks for listening to my endless gushing about the movie. This is why I normally don’t do movie reviews – I always love them and have a hard time saying anything bad. Maybe you agree, maybe you disagree, I’m just telling you I love it.
Enjoy ❤ *JuLi*