I recently saw both Beauty and The Beast Movies; the animated 1991 Disney movie, as well as the 2017 one starring Emma Watson, and this post is essentially a fan girl ramble about these two adorable versions of one of my favorite fairy tales.
Now I want to believe that every one, every single soul knows what Beauty and The Beast is about, but I am past making assumptions like that since I found out that my hubby had never seen (or even heard about) F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
So here’s a quick summary for the uninitiated –
Beauty & The Beast – A Summary
An arrogant young prince falls under the spell of an enchantress, who was treated very poorly by him, when she sought his help disguised as an old lady. To teach the prince a lesson, she turns him into a hideous Beast until he learns to love and earns the love of another.
But there is a catch – he has to do this in his current Beastly form, and before an enchanted rose sheds its final petal.
Enter: Belle, the village beauty, and head bookworm. She comes into the Beast’s enchanted castle to rescue her father, who was imprisoned by the Beast for trespassing on his property, and offers to take her father’s place.
For the rest – watch the movie. Or even better – read the book. 😀
Now on to my thoughts about the two versions.
Beauty & The Beast – Movie Review
First things first, I am not a huge fan of animated movies. I have to push myself to watch them with my 5 year old, and yes sometimes I do end up liking them, but most times I can barely tolerate them, though I do it anyway, because my son wants company.
Having said that, the Beauty & the Beast 1991 animated version is a class apart. Okay there is a slight possibility that I am biased, because this movie represents my childhood, so it has nostalgic value.
But even outside of that, the 1991 Version was also the first ever animated movie to get an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Picture’. So you see, I wasn’t really exaggerating when I said it was a class apart.
Now there are things that I love about both the movies, or in this instance I should say about the story itself, because my absolute favorite thing about the tale (outside of the subtle yet powerful message of – ‘true beauty lies within’) is the cast of characters – the lovely spirited Belle, who was light years ahead of her time, the complex, yet vulnerable Beast, and the adorable supporting cast, which were basically a wide assortment of walking talking household items (the Prince’s servants transformed under the curse).
Also the songs! I can’t believe that I am this obsessed over the songs of a children’s movie. I loved many of them, from Something There to Be Our Guest, but the title track is hands down my favorite. In fact I dare you to not fall under the spell of Tale as Old as Time.
I am completely obsessed, so much so that I have taken to random crooning of ‘Tale as Old as Time, Song as Old as Rhyme – Beauty & The Beast‘ all around the house as I go about my daily chores.
My 5 year old gives me the oddest look when he witnesses these random musical episodes, but then follows it up with a wide grin. I don’t think I want to know what he thinks of the whole situation.
Now, as far as the 2017 version goes, I was completely hooked right from the time I saw the first-look trailer over a year back featuring Emma Watson. Because well, I simply adore that girl! She already played a literary character I loved, now she plays two of my favorite iconic female leads – Hermione and Belle.
And the 2017 movie is by and large a very faithful adaptation, which is awesome, because I treasure my favorites too much to be okay with huge modifications to the script in the name of creative liberty.
Of-course there were small changes, for instance in this version the enchantress is a much more significant character, who keeps making mysterious appearances during key plot points. This adaptation also explored Belle’s mother’s backstory, which was interesting to watch.
But I believe the most significant change came at the very end, when the last petal did fall off before Belle confessed her love for the Prince. It was heartbreaking to see the castle crew turn into inanimate objects. But worry not, this was obviously just a detour on the path to happily-ever-after!
These are 2 terrific adaptations of the iconic tale, and I would highly recommend you to check out both these versions.
Also, while I usually don’t recommend keeping DVD’s of movies at home, because well minimalism, and the fact that I myself am very selective with which DVDs I actually stock, this is time I say, make an exception. You should definitely have at-least one of these versions.
That’s all from my end folks. I would love to hear from you guys. I am sure most of you have watched one or both of these movies. Do you prefer one over the other? Or like me love them both equally? Do share.
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