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I previewed Beauty and the Beast this week. I have a soft spot for this Disney movie. I was so excited to see the live-action reboot. It’s a romantic, beautiful, and enchanting.
The Story, a Tale as Old as Time
In the village of Villeneuve, lives Belle, a smart, kind, and beautiful young woman who dreams of something beyond her provincial life. She is out of place in the small town and feels it more so than her animated counterpart. Gaston is very determined to marry her despite her outright refusal of his advances. Any girl in town would easily swoon over him but as a hunter he doesn’t want his prey to fall so easily.
She meets the Beast and through her sentence of staying there forever, learns that things are not always what they seem. She is a fearless girl. And that along with her intellectual prowess proves that she is just what was needed for the Beast. And we all know how it ends, and they lived Happily Ever After.
I love that almost every main character had a little more something to their story. We learn why the Prince was such a selfish, arrogant man. How Belle and her father ended up in a small minded town where women should not read books, especially without pictures. The servants in the castle are a loyal bunch with lives and dreams of their own.
We also get to see the complicated relationship of Gaston and Le Fou. I always thought of Le Fou as being Gaston’s main cheerleader. That is no different in this one. But we do get to see Le Fou in new light. Sure he wishes he could be Gaston, and maybe gets a little confused about his own feelings but he also struggles with the realization that he doesn’t have to be a blind follower. Josh Gad was hilarious, I don’t think they could’ve chosen a better Le Fou.
Gaston I thought it was going to be hard to dislike the guy, I mean it is Luke Evans we are talking about. However, Luke brought his A game and made Gaston into the beastly villain we all know him to be. Love him or hate him, my what a guy that Gaston.
The original songs are what you want them to be, endearing, full of nostalgia, and a lot of fun. And the new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice help tell new parts of the story while still feeling somewhat familiar. I love that some of Howard Ashman’s original lyrics from the songs “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast” which were not used in the animated version have been added back in to the film as well.
I screened it with children and adults and I can tell you a few jumped at the scenes when the Beast seemed to jump into them out of nowhere. If you are familiar with the animated classic then you know the Beast can be loud and even a little scary when he gets angry about her being in the West Wing.
I loved this movie and would recommend it to all Disney fans. It will make you so emotional. I could have watched this film over and over again.
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If you love the film, then you will love the Toy Series. Jakks Pacific has done it again. They have created a series of toys that promote imaginative play through fun designs in their newest Disney Beauty and Beast Enchanted toys collection. I am so excited about this series. I am biased since my favorite things are Disney and Tea. These toys bring to life the magic of the live action movie Beauty and the Beast with the new Ballroom Belle doll, Enchanted Objects Tea Set, The Belle Dress, Accessory Set and Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box.
The Enchanted Objects Tea Set comes with everything you need for a grand tea party. Mrs. Potts (teapot with lid), 2 tea cups and saucers (one of which is Chip), 1 sugar bowl with lid and two tea spoons. This set is the perfect size for little hands. It’s a huge bonus that the tea set can be used for an actual tea party. Mrs. Potts spout is perfect for pouring and the tea cups are just the right size for a small amount of beverage. It’s a neat feature that Mrs. Potts eyes close when you tip her over. The design of this gorgeous set is simple and elegant with it’s delicate cream coloring and soft gold leaf decoration. This plastic ensemble has the look of a china set. The likeness of the characters from the movie are exact. I love that the characters faces are subtle, if you were to sip from chip without being told it was a character you might hardly notice.
The Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box. This piece is gorgeous and I know it’ll be right up the street for anyone who has a Beauty and the Beast display in their house. The detail is exceptional and although personally I don’t think it’ll function well as a jewellery box as it only has one tiny drawer. The fact it’s a unique piece, lights up and plays music makes it worth it’s price tag. It plays a small segment of Tales as Old as Time and the rose glows when you press the button on the front. The button looks like it’s part of the jewellery box which doesn’t take away from the design. It comes with a gold feather ring . I’d say out of everything this is my favourite because it’s something that will appeal to adults due to the intricate design and how hard it is to find a replica rose in the bell jar ornament.
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