Beauty and the Beast review
A beauty falls in love with a beast.
25 years! Beauty and the Beast is 25 years old! When I was a kid this was my favorite horror film. I was very easily scared when I was a little boy. When I was a kid, I think I watched The Lion King more often, but Beauty and the Beast always felt like the better movie. I still think that this is one of Disney’s best, and here’s why. Also, I’m going to get into some SPOILERS! So if you haven’t seen this movie…what are you doing?
Let’s start off by talking about Belle, and I’ll just say that I love Belle! She is awesome! During her big opening song, you can tell how excited she is about living life. She really loves the things that make her world go round. Also, she’s super tough. She doesn’t spend the whole movie looking for help! When her father goes missing, she doesn’t run for help. No, she handles things herself! Another scene that I love (maybe my favorite scene) is when she’s attacked by wolves. What does she do? She picks up that branch and starts knocking those wolves down. Even at the end of the film, she tells Gaston to get out of her face! Belle is awesome!
Now let’s talk about the Beast! The Beast is my dude! It’s really nice to see a flawed prince! When I see the Beast, I see a guy who has accepted what everyone thinks about him, and it’s turned him into someone else. He’s not a monster, but he’s spent so much time alone that he now thinks of himself as a mere monster. All it takes is just one person showing him that he isn’t a monster, and that facade falls immediately.
What’s a Disney movie without a good villain? Gaston is an interesting villain because he gradually becomes more scary throughout the film. At first he’s just a dumb handsome guy. However, by the end of the film he invents lies about the Beast to raise an army. His narcissism turns him into a very dangerous lunatic.
Finally, let’s talk about the supporting characters. They’re great! They support! A lot of times in Disney films, the supporting characters hog the spotlight in films like Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella the main characters are almost secondary to the main characters. I think that this movie has a very nice blend.
Let’s talk about the music! This film doesn’t really have that many musical numbers compared to other Disney musicals, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing! I think that all of the songs work and the progress the story very well. Now, I do think that this is one of Disney’s best scores! Alan Menken gave this film such a fantastic score that gives this film a remarkable emotional depth.
As far as flaws go, I have only one. I want more! I’m not trying to be cute here, it’s an actual issue for me. I think this film is about twenty minutes too short. What’s missing? It’s the story of Belle and the Beast. I wanted to see more of that relationship. I want to really see them fall in love, and I don’t think that spend enough time on that. I think that the ending would have been even more powerful if we had been on that journey with them.
At the end of the day, I really love this film! You have great characters, great music, and a good story!
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Now if the Blu-Ray is too expensive for you, make sure you head to the Kroc center this Saturday at 1:00! There will be free screening of Beauty and the Beast and it’s gonna be awesome!
The Kroc center is located at 1000 N Keowee St, Dayton, OH 45404.