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Beauty and the Beast: Love Wins

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   10 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

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The Disney animated version of Beauty and the Beast released in 1991. My daughter Stephanie was only four-years-old. It became her favorite movie—one of my favorites as well—and together we’ve watched it probably hundreds of times. That is no exaggeration.

So it should be no surprise that we sat in a theater this past weekend, side by side, hyped for the live version starring Emma Watson as Belle. This movie did not disappoint. Steph and I agree we’d love to see the Broadway rendition.

The history of the Beauty and the Beast tale was recently recounted by author Pat Wahler on her blog, and you may read about it here:  Whether you’re a fan of the story/movie/play or not, the information is still interesting.

Musicals are not for everyone, but if you love them, this movie is worth your time. The story is a tale as old as time—yeah, yeah…a shameless use of the song lyrics—and if you’re a romance fan, this will be right up your alley. And the special effects are terrific.

If I have any complaint, it is only one: The actors playing opposite Emma Watson appear too old for her. The issue is not with actual age, because all three actors are well over 21. The problem is that although Ms. Watson is in fact 26, she looks more like 15. Luke Evans (Gaston) is 37 and Dan Stevens (the Beast) is 34. Considering the time period in which the movie takes place (18th century France), the age difference is a nonstarter and, it could be argued, expected. It’s just the perception of her as underage, and the men most decidedly not, that made me a bit uncomfortable.

However, the acting was good, the music fantastic, and special effects everything I could have hoped for—with the exception of the “Be Our Guest” disconnect, but that’s a minor issue—so my discomfort at the apparent age difference faded into the realm of suspended disbelief. If you saw the movie, did the age thing bother you? Did you even notice?

After the movie, Stephanie and I agreed that our husbands would probably not enjoy the show. They’d both rather see car chases and explosions. Still, when I gushed to the hubster about the movie and the fact that I bet it’s amazing at the IMAX in 3D, he didn’t balk. He checked prices and show times and made a date with me for Friday night. *bats lashes* God bless him, he’s going to take one for the team. 🙂

You may think it’s silly for a grown woman to get so excited over a film, especially one with fairy tale roots grounded in an animated film. But it is the whole package—don’t judge a person by his/her outside appearance, romance, music, true love triumphing over evil and in spite of the odds—that holds my heart in its hands. And it can all be summed up in two simple words:

Love wins.

It just doesn’t get any better than that.

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10 Responses to "Beauty and the Beast: Love Wins"

  1. Comment by Pat
    March 22, 2017 at 12:05 pm  

    Thanks for the shout-out, Lisa! I still haven’t seen the movie, but you can bet I will soon. So far, it seems everyone has enjoyed it-based upon my (non)scientific poll of FaceBook posts. I haven’t heard anyone mention the age thing, yet, but as you mentioned, in those days a parent would be delighted for their young daughter to be courted by a mature, settled man–one who might have a few dollars in the bank to take care of her. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 22, 2017 at 4:59 pm  

      You’re welcome! Thanks for posting such a great article about the history of this terrific story.

  2. Comment by joan mountford
    March 22, 2017 at 3:12 pm  

    If you loved the movie, take a look at Robin McKinley’s novel Beauty. Fairy tales speak profound truths: everybody is a beauty, and everybody is a beast. What we have to do is discover our own beauty and recognize our own beastliness.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm  

      Thanks for the tip. I’ll put Ms. McKinley’s novel on my TBR list. It sounds like a good one.

  3. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    March 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm  

    Lisa–I’ve wanted to see this film and after reading what both you and Pat say about it, I am definitely going to see it… with my granddaughter. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm  

      You won’t be sorry, Sioux. And I’m certain your granddaughter will love it!

  4. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    March 22, 2017 at 5:51 pm  

    I really want to see this movie. The friend I planned to go with had to go out of town unexpectedly; she’ll be gone 2 weeks. I either have to wait or recruit my hubby to go with me.

    I probably wouldn’t have noticed the age thing and I doubt that it will bother me. I cut my romance teeth on Harlequin’s back in the late 60’s when it was quite fashionable for the governess to fall for the widower. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 29, 2017 at 6:19 am  

      Victoria Holt’s “Mistress of Mellyn” is the first book I thought of where the governess falls for the master of the house. I guess I should have said “Jane Eyre” but that was the second one. lol

  5. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    March 22, 2017 at 11:32 pm  

    Can’t decide how I feel about this movie yet…the part of me that loves the Disney animated one–and that my daughter loved as well–wants to see it. But the other part of me that really doesn’t like remakes of a classic is balking. (I feel like curiosity will win in this case. 😉 )

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      March 29, 2017 at 6:19 am  

      You don’t want to miss it, Cathy. If you loved the animated version, this one won’t disappoint.

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