A Belle of a Weekend (Or, We Saw Beauty and the Beast Friday Night)

Hey, y’all! This weekend has been a beautiful magical adventure seen through 3D glasses. Not quite through a magic mirror, but still a beautiful movie. (Also, hi!) If I could get there through a book I would though. (Shh! No one tell her it was “originally” in a book 😉 )

Controversy and haters aside, the movie was great. We got to see it opening day in our own little theatre (had to wait in line to be admitted and everything–the hallway there is sloped for wheelchair access to a fire exit and that was quite a time for an easily-dizzied human). There was a preview for a movie called Coco that looked cute, too.

The storyline was fleshed out a little more (certain details I’d never understood were much more prominent and helped me enjoy the story), and the details were thorough (I’m a sucker for a good detail). Gaston was more subtle but flirty and persistent. Honestly, Gaston was terrifying in this version, which…is sorta because he represents that person who can’t comprehend the word no. LeFou was presented as comic relief but more as a human character than a complete buffoon like the comic relief in the original animated movie. Agreed. His role in the movie worked pretty well overall. Belle recognized that people thought she was different and noticed but wasn’t proud of it. In fact, she appeared to feel like an outsider and was mistreated for being an educated woman, which was heartbreaking to see. It made her a more authentic character. The Beast showed his humanity by being “a guy” about things and being her friend instead of immediately her shy lover (he wasn’t all hands on deck with reading the romances, nor did he automatically assume the love needed to be romantic to save him). Lumiere and Cogsworth (an iconic duo, in my opinion…) were both afraid and comfortable with Beast, doing the right thing by Belle and acting in the roles they always were supposed to fulfil by duty. Belle’s desire for freedom but humility and loyalty to return back to the castle to see Beast was beautiful and touching. The theme of the rose being carried through consistently was nice, too. I did love Beast having a reason to take captive Belle’s father.

Overall, my favorite line (for no solid reason other than it’s one of the lines I love from the many many many beautiful pieces of dialogue) is simple: “Very dark and very dusty.”

I don’t have a true favorite line, but I’ll leave you with a classic line of my own: drive safely. 😉 ❤

Keep your vases in the bedroom and your flip flops in the kitchen. 🙂 ❤ 😀 😉 😛 🙂

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