Everyones favourite fairytale is brought back to life and it takes us into a new magical world! (Spoiler alert)

This film has been long awaited and has finally arrived at our screens! There is such a hype around the film and I hope it does not chip any of our expectations!

Beauty and the Beast has the same plot as the Disney film, which was first released in 1991. The director Bill Condon added in a few scenes that filled in some of the gaps, such as her mother’s death.

The plot

We were introduced to a young, beautiful girl in a small town, named Belle (Emma Watson). She lived with her wacky father who was a very good inventor. Belle did not feel that she belonged in the town and was seen as odd by her fellow villagers. She had a very kind and understanding nature and tended to see people beyond their outside appearance. She had also been bought up by her father Maurice to be fearless and to not be afraid.

Of course, what was so scary about a big spooky castle and a tall beast like figure? Whilst Maurice was spooked by the Beast after stealing a rose from his garden, Belle was very courageous and faced the Beast by saying “come into the light”. Belle was willing to stay there for life, so her father could be freed. She was fearless.

When you see the beast (Dan Stevens), you may think of it as an evil creature. The Beast, in reality was not a beast at all, but a selfish prince who took what he had for granted and rightly got punished. Over time, he got withdrawn and realised his mistakes, often resulting in anger. He often approached Belle in a loud and explosive manner that used to startle her yet over time she started to tame him. She taught him the importance of books and they shared humour. They ate together and he started to see her in a different way.

Belle got on with the Beast. They had common interests and she started to love him however she was in demand. A buff, over confident and good looking Gaston (Luke Evans), had his eyes on Belle. She was as good looking as he was, which meant that she would be his future wife. Gaston came across as very strong and only did things for his personal gain. He lied to the villagers to make Maurice look crazy and left his friend in need to kill the Beast! I mean who would believe that there was a beast in a dark castle in the middle of the forest…

The best scenes

There were many scenes that I found extremely humorous and most of them included Gastons friend, Lou Fu (Josh Grad) who added some sass and attitude to many “Gaston focused” scenes. He was extremely entertaining to watch, especially when he was dancing on the tables during the song “Gaston”. He always found a way to calm Gaston down and despite Gaston’s attitude, he stuck around, despite not really feeling appreciated.

We were also joined in many funny scenes with the one and only Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Ian Mckellen). They were just like two best friends, always blaming each other for things and having a friendly rivalry. They both had different personalities, with Lumiere being louder and more stubborn to following rules, with Cogsworth alway wanting to stay in line. We were truely blessed to see Lumiere in his element during the song “Be Our Guest”, in which he displayed his entertaining and enthusiastic manner, along with his great singing voice.  It was accompanied by bright colours, fireworks and of course the grey stuff (try it, it’s delicious).

Of course, we can’t forget one of the most important scenes in the film – the dance in the grand ballroom. Belle was utterly gorgeous in her yellow dress (so fittingly representing innocence) and whilst she and the Beast were dancing, I felt that they had eventually found each other. The Beast was coarse and unrefined, but she saw past that all to see that he was dear and caring. The Beast loved Belle and he let her go free, as a sign of love. He wanted her to be happy but if she was not happy here, he was prepared to let her go.

With no hope of her return, the Beast was sad and withdrawn, much to the delight of Gaston, who could eventually slay it and for all. Gaston could not understand why Belle would fall for such a beast… he was one sided and just saw the outside, not that he as caring, gentle and a better man than he was. Gaston met his demise and fell from the collapsing bridge, not before he could wound the beast to the ground. Belle was heartbroken and when the last rose petal fell, she was left hunching over his still body, longing for him to come back.

She loved him and the enchantress who cast the curse on him all those years ago, finally agreed that he had earned his right to be human. No longer would he be a beast, but a kind and loved prince by all the village. He and Belle lived happily ever after and with Gaston gone, there was less ego in the air. His fellow staff had been returned to their original human selves and the castle was not longer feared, rather it was open to dances and celebrations.

Final Thoughts

I saw my favourite fairytale come back to life and it was magical. The scenes were beautiful with such incredible detail, from the dresses and outfits to the castle’s luxurious interior and beautiful grounds.

We were blessed with a film that could make any of our childhood dreams come true and it could not have happened without such an amazing cast. Emma Watson was flawless as Belle, Luke Evans was a dreamy and masculine Gaston and brilliant humour was provided by the incredible Ewan Mcgregor, Ian Mckellen and Josh Grad.

If you ever need a bit of magic in your life and a hint of sass, this is the film to watch.

Be our guest and take your place at a cinema near you.

Bye guys 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Life as a Disney movie: The importance of animation in expressing feelings

Many people do not know a lot about Autism, and do not really understand what it is. This documentary, exploring the use of animation to express feelings, will definitely change that.

According to the National Autistic Society , “Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others” (2006). Autistic people see the world differently to others and the extent of this can be on a spectrum, from slightly impacted to highly impacted.

Autism is explained more at http://www.autism.org.uk/about.aspx .

The plot

We visited Owen Suskind, an autistic individual  who lived with his parents and brother, Walter.

His parents were unaware of his condition and struggled to cope with the change in their son. They thought they had “lost him” as he briefly stopped speaking and developed Echolalia, the process of repeating words or phrases.

His parents were aware of this obsession with Disney Movie, but did not look into it very far, until they made an insightful discovery.

They started to talk to him in Disney voices and watched Disney movies with him. They used these movies to help him cope with difficult situations such as growing up, moving house or undertaking a degree.

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Disney movie characters which can relate to Owen’s emotional state

Although this plot is brief, I wanted you to have an open mind when you saw it and not have premade opinions on it. For more information and viewing times, you can visit https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/whats-on/films/view/life-animated .

Recommendations

The film was heart warming, and slightly sad. The film showed that everyone is different and has their own difficulties. It was an interesting insight into autism and I hope that it raises more awareness of the disability.

Bye for now.