“Beauty And The Beast”: A New Twist On A Tale As Old As Time

“Beauty And The Beast”: A New Twist On A Tale As Old As Time

A “tale as old as time” retold like never before

This week Disney’s live-action remake of the classic 1991 animated musical, Beauty and the Beast, hit the big screens with much success. Directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, this movie closely mimics the classic while still bringing in fresh ideas and themes in relation to today’s world.

The 1991 version was the first animated feature to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards in its respective year. The classic was also the first animated film to earn more than $100 million in the box office. Since its release in 1991 Beauty and the Beast has been known as one of Disney’s most enchanting movies and is a favorite throughout generations. With all the original movie’s fame and success, it was super important that this remake was done correctly and the standards were held very high.

While it seems that this remake was made for older viewers than the classic, it will still appeal to very young viewers, especially those familiar with the classic, however, there are some violent sequences that can be very intense and make you want to jump out of your seat. These moments include snarling wolves and guns that leave characters bloodied, injured, and even dead. While the classic contains these moments as well, the live-action take on this tale brings those events to life and can be scarring for young viewers.

For those who may not know, this tale follows a young, smart, book-loving woman named Belle who lives in a small French village near a castle that has been long forgotten. In that castle lives a prince, who had been turned into a beast due to his selfishness and inability to show love and compassion, and his servants, who have been turned into various household objects. The enchantress who cursed the castle leaves the beast with a single rose, and for the curse to be broken he must learn how to love and earn love in return before the last petal of that rose falls. Belle finds herself at the castle in hopes to rescue her father who had gone missing, however for him to be released she must take his place. Belle finds herself trapped in the castle with the beast while the servants hope she is the one who can break the curse so that they can be human again.

All of the actors and actress’ played their characters perfectly and had me falling more and more in love with them as the movie progressed. While the villains Gaston, played by Luke Evans, and Lefou, played by Josh Gad, seemed more sinister in this version, they still captured your heart and left you flooded with emotion in their musical number “Gaston.” Another dynamic due you will be obsessed with is Lumière, played by Ewan McGregor, and Cogsworth, played by Ian McKellen. Lumière and Cogsworth will leave you laughing with their friendly bickering that really sets the tone in each scene.

Not only did this remake hold true to the original storyline and characters, but the soundtrack pretty much stayed the same as well – with the exception of a few additions. The music is what really makes the movie fantastic. Emma Watson did all of the dancing and singing for her character, Belle, and she did it perfectly. All of the songs, but especially the ones sung by Watson, are brought back to life with so much raw emotion. The songs sound so natural that you feel as if the characters are singing right in front of you.

While this remake was live-action, there was still the challenge of creating the beast and the cursed servants seem as life-like as possible. The CGI was pretty noticeable however, when watching the movie your mind is so engulfed in the story, the songs, and the magic of Disney that you don’t even care. Also, take into consideration that this was a live-action remake of a cartoon and so this challenge was to be expected.

Overall this take on the “tale as old as time” was a huge success. From the moment the movie started I couldn’t look away and the magic took me back to my childhood and left me with a huge smile throughout the entire movie. Upon first glance this movie may seem like the average fairytale romance, but message is clear and even deeper than the classic. The message in this remake is not only about the importance of selflessness and compassion, but also the importance of female education and the ability of books to empower lives. Emma Watson really helped develop and enhance this message so that it would come across better than it did in the original version.

In the end, this movie was enchanting, exciting, and witty. Disney took their classic and brought it back to life in this live-action remake. This movie should not be missed, especially if you grew up watching Disney like I did. You will be taken back to your childhood and be able to feel the magic in this tale as old as time once again.

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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