Beauty and the Beast- New Tale Instant Classic
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. Real charmer right?
Spoiler alert 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. How could you not? You get to be with Dan Stevens who looks like he was made to one day grow up to play the Beast in this movie. *Le sigh*
And the library? Swoon worthy. Belle’s reaction to the library is exactly how I would react if anyone gifted me a massive library like this. So if anyone wants to give me one my birthday is next month. Just saying…
I love that almost every main character had a little more something to their story. A je ne sais quoi if you will. But don’t tell Gaston because he doesn’t know what that means. 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 albeit a super weird one. 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.
And 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 Music and the Scenery
If I had to sum it all up: perfect, stunning, beautiful, wow.
If this ballroom number doesn’t get you misty eyed I don’t know what will.
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.
My favorite new song is “Evermore,” performed by Dan Stevens as the Beast. We all know Beast was devastated letting Belle go. Even though it was the right thing to do didn’t make it less painful. But we never saw his suffering. Just the sadness in his eyes when the villagers come to storm the castle. In “Evermore” Beast dives into his feelings of letting her go. As the audience, you really feel his anguish.
Dan has one of the most standout performances in the movie. Don’t get me wrong, each actor did a phenomenal job and if I wrote about them all this post would be even longer than it is. He however had the added toughness of running an entire gamut of emotions. All while for the most part, being a Beast. He was selfish, harsh, emotionally stunted, lonely, reluctant, doubtful, kind, gentle, and loving depending on the part of the story. You could see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice. He is the Prince, he is the Beast.
Safe for kids?
I screened it yesterday with all 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. My recommendation is if your child saw the live action Jungle Book in theaters and did fine then they should be okay for this one too. My daughter is pumped to see it, she is 10. The 7 year old thought Jungle Book had too many “scary loud” parts and he wants to wait to see it when it comes out on Blu-Ray.
Every child is different. If you are unsure how your child may react I always recommend to view it first.
Do you ever see that article: 12 Questions Disney Forgot To Answer About “Beauty And The Beast” I remember reading them and laughing about some of the questions. In this movie, Disney tackles several of them, some in very funny ways. Like a reference to Mrs. Pott’s being Chip’s grandmother. Word to the wise: it’s not a good idea to make fun of a tea pot.
Excited for the movie? Grab your FREE Beauty and the Beast coloring sheets. Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters everywhere March 17, 2017!
HAN SOLO – SMUGGLER. SCOUNDREL. HERO.
A NEW STAR WARS STORY BEGINS
Here is what we know so far a.k.a. the official press release:
The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London.
The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller said. “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.”
Will we see that infamous Kessel run? and who else is itching to hear Han say punch it?!
Watch the final trailer and try not to tear up!
For more magic: New Beauty and the Beast Images.
Not only did we get a brand new trailer, but the studio also released these stunning character posters. Who is your favorite?
Other big news in the world of Beauty and the Beast, Celine Dion will be on the soundtrack performing an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever.” Eek! March cannot come soon enough for our house!
Beauty and the Beast opens in theatres everywhere on March 17th!
This special sneak peek of Mickey and the Roadster Racers in select movie theatres nationwide is happening on Saturday, January 14th! This one-day event includes a $5 offer to the Disney Store, a free e-book download, as well as other giveaways!
Free activities: Mickey and the Roadster Racers Printables
In this brand new series, Mickey and the gang run a super-cool garage where they take care of their brand-new, transforming roadsters, as they get ready for races around Hot Dog Hills and around the world! When they’re not on the road with Mickey competing for trophies, Minnie and Daisy run their own business, “The Happy Helpers”, solving problems for anyone needing a helping hand. Minnie’s skills know no limits and her style will still be as fashionable as ever.
Mickey’s Big Celebration is coming to a theater near you! Kids and parents can sing and dance along with all your Disney Junior favorites, so grab the wheel and join the fun!
- Visit FathomEvents.com for participating theaters and ticket information.
- Date: Saturday, January 14
- Time: 10:00 a.m. (local time)
- Run Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (approximate)
Enter for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets (guaranteed seating) to the showing at Cobb Village 12 in Leesburg, VA! Giveaway ends Thursday January 12th at 8:00pm EST.
Entry is simple: Leave a comment below telling me which character is your favorite!
*This giveaway is sponsored by Disney Junior and Fathom Events. All opinions are my own. One winner will be chosen and emailed his or her tickets before the show.
Beauty and the Beast – March 17, 2017
This tale as old as time is almost here! As a big fan of the original I cannot wait to see this on the big screen. It looks absolutely stunning. But don’t take my word for it, just watch the trailer! You can read more about the movie and see some awesome images here.
Born in China – April 21, 2017
The newest Disneynature film is narrated by John Krasinski. Take an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.
I’m excited about the snow leopard footage. Big cats are some of my most favorite animals and they aren’t kidding when they say this cat is elusive!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Did I mention Kurt Russell is in this one! Ah!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – May 26, 2017
Captain Jack is feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle and are bent on killing every pirate at sea. Including him. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with two unlikely mates. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
Cars 3 – June 16, 2017
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
Maybe now we will know why these two heavy weights were;t around picking sides in Civil War. Although I think they would both choose #TeamCap but I’m a little bias. Could this be where Planet Hulk gets introduced? I don’t know but I’m excited to see what happens!
Coco – November 22, 2017
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Star Wars: Episode VIII – December 15, 2017
No details yet, not that I expected there to be any. I did read that Carrie Fisher had finished filming her parts for this movie. But with her passing they are meeting to decide how to proceed with the movies. I, like everyone else, was truly saddened by her death. She was an amazing woman and a role model for so many, including me. I only hope that our Princess, our General, is at peace.