New Atmosphere of the Timeless French Fairy Tale (SPOILER ALERT!!!)

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“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.” – Narrator

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The Official Movie Poster

From the adaptation of French fairy tale, La Belle et la Bête, the movie director Bill Condon had successfully showed (even fixed) us the real side of this fairy tale–which is way different than the animated version. This March, I had experienced the remake of this Disney’s animated movie and it really made my childhood vibes grew again in my head. Although the plot is the same as the animated version, I felt like the remake is way ripping than the animated one.

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Belle (Emma Watson) is an enchanting girl who lived in a small village, but being called ‘a freak’ by the villagers due to her interest in reading. Although she is ‘a freak’, she is very kind to her father named Maurice (Kevin Kline). When her father got imprisoned by The Beast (Dan Stevens) in an abandon castle, she helped him by replacing him and told him to go back to the village. Not just her father, she is also very kind too to her new friends (the household objects) in castle–especially The Beast. She helped them find a way to break the curse after she knew about the curse. But on the other side, she also felt sorrow after she knew about her mother’s death cause. Belle is an independent woman and inspiring us to be like her. And, Disney chose the right person to play this character–we know that Emma is also an independent woman and inspiring us (e.g. as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador).

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Belle’s New Friends (left-rigth); Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), and Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw)

Then there was once The ‘Greedy’ Prince, who liked raising taxes and buying all the expensive objects for the castle. After he turned into a hideous beast by the beautiful enchantress, he did not accept his physical appearance and received a magical rose to warn him that he had to learn to love others. If not, he would remain forever in his beast form. Also–an extra condition–The Prince must earned a woman’s love to break the curse.

At his first met with Belle, he could not control his attitudes and always got angry at everything – especially when Belle sneaked into the West Wing and saw the magical rose. But while the story goes, The Prince attitudes suddenly turned 180 degrees–maybe after Belle helped him after he defeated the wolves who attacked Belle. With his new attitudes, he tried to show everything he had in the castle to Belle, especially the library which is Belle’s most favourite place. He also accompanied Belle walking around the castle and played snowball with her. And, the most favourite scene is the dance scene with Belle–which is the most romantic scene along the story goes.

Different from the animated version, before The Prince asked Belle to dance, he already fell in love with her. But, he kept it really quietly before the right time came. Unfortunately, he let Belle to leave the castle and help her father–which made him really heartbroken. But on the other side, he believed that Belle would come back and ask her how she felt about him. His wish came true and Belle loved him and he turned back into human.

Last is Gaston (Luke Evans), a handsome-charismatic hunter – also a former soldier – who live in a same village as Belle. After seeing Belle’s beauty for the first time, he decided to marry her and unfortunately, she refused. But that did not make him stop to find another way to win Belle’s heart. When Belle’s father left, he visited Belle’s house while he deliberately stepped on her vegetables field and made Belle more disappointed with him. “You will never marry me, Gaston!” she said approximately.

Although Belle had already refused his proposal, when Belle’s father came back to the village (to find someone who can save Belle from a hideous beast in the castle), Gaston volunteered to help him finding Belle – in order to propose her again I think. But in the middle of searching, Belle’s father could not find the way that towards the castle and made Gaston disappointed because he had been tricked. When Belle’s father asked Gaston why he helped him, Gaston said that he wanted to propose Belle to be his wife and her father said the same line as Belle before–which made me laughed and felt poor with Gaston.

Felt defeated by both of them–Belle and her father–Gaston’s bad attitudes became more bloom and hit Belle’s father and left him in the woods so he could be eaten by the wolves. When Belle showed The Prince (in a beast form) to the villagers while saving her father, Gaston and the villagers felt threatened so Gaston encouraged the villagers to invade the castle and kill the beast with their own hands. Gaston had nearly killed The Prince (successfully) while one of the castle’s part (where Gaston stood) started crumbling and made him died.

As I had been written before, I really like the remake one than the animated version. In the live action version, more songs released and sang here, and they completely made me really moved–especially “How Does a Moment Last Forever”, “Evermore”, and “Days in the Sun”. They also made the remake version from the animated songs, like “Belle Theme Song”, “Gaston Theme Song”, “Be Our Guest”, “Something There”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “The Mob Song”, and to be honest I really liked hearing those–especially “Gaston Theme Song” and “Be Our Guest” ones.

For its visual, I prefer the live action one because it shows the real side of the fairy tale than the animated version. A nightmarish atmosphere from the beginning until the end of the movie (well, not all of them actually)–I know it is not child-friendly while you can hear many children crying on the cinema. And, like I mentioned before, the movie director had fixed some mistakes from the animated version because it does not make any sense at all. Watch here to see the mistakes.

Overall, this movie makes my mind blown away–I did not expect that the movie will be this good after watching the trailer. I really enjoyed watching this movie and I want to watch this once more since it makes me really moved–especially the songs. I hope you guys also enjoyed watching this movie too. 🙂

 

Movie Title: Beauty and the Beast

Genre: Musical Romantic Fantasy

Running Time: 129 minutes

Country: The United States

Director: Bill Condon

Narration: Hattie Morahan

Music: Alan Menken

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures & Mandeville Films

Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson

Release Date: March 17 2017

Score: 9.0/10

 

ps.: sorry for my bad grammars, guys 🙂

 

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Tale as Old as Time…

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Based on a French’s tale and the animated version since 1991–which won five awards–this year Disney released the live action version to bring back our childhood vibes.

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The Official Movie Poster

After being visited by an elderly beggar woman who offered The Prince a rose as her payment for seeking shelter from cold, The Prince ignored him. Suddenly, that elderly woman turned herself into a beautiful enchantress and transformed The Prince into a hideous beast, while his servants transformed into various household objects. She also hex the rose to warn him that he would remain in his cursed state unless he learnt to love another and earned her love in return by the time the last petal fell.

Years later, in a small village, an eccentric bookworm girl named Belle was being loved by an egotistical hunter and former soldier named Gaston. Unfortunately, due to his attitude, Belle started to turn him down–especially after Gaston suddenly proposed her to be his wife. Even though she was a bookworm, she really loved her father named Maurice, a music-box inventor and an overprotective father after Belle’s mother death when she was a child.

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(left-right) Emma Watson as Belle and Luke Evans as Gaston

When Maurice left to sell his music boxes, he and Phillipe, his horse, suddenly found a mysterious castle with a nightmarish appearance. He and Phillipe then went to the castle’s garden and found a rose from a nearby bush. After he plucked one and tried to leave, he suddenly saw a mysterious creature who frightened Maurice and Phillipe–which had already run away to tell Belle. When Phillipe took Belle to that castle, she directly went in and saw his father which had been locked up in a dungeon–also that mysterious creature who appeared to be The Beast from the very first film. Belle asked The Beast if he could release his father, but The Beast wanted Belle to live in the castle forever–with no exception–as one condition. No other choices she had and she accepted it.

Living in the castle made Belle learn something new, like how was The Beast getting cursed and what’s with the enchanted rose on The West Wing. From Belle, The Beast also learnt how to love another which this might be a chance to break the curse. And of course, the most important thing is The Beast must earns Belle’s love in order to break the curse. Will he earn her love?

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If you peek from the official trailer again, you will hear a girl singing our childhood song. Yes! It’s Emma’s voice and she sings it beautifully–like she means it. This will be the first time for Emma to sing in this movie and I can’t wait to hear her singing-voices. But to be honest, I wasn’t really shocked back when I knew that she would sing for the movie because Disney’s majority is a musical performance. There are no Disney’s animations/live actions that won’t insert a musical performance–except Pixar’s.

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(left-right) Ian Mckellen as Cogsworth; Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere; and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette

 

Aside from the musical performance thing, if you still peek from it again, you will be bemused with all the visuals and the special effects because they are look so real. Back then I was thinking, “Where is this place? I’m so proud of Disney could find this beautiful place.” or “Does this place even exists? (I’m referring to the castle)”. I really hope that Disney can answer our questions to the media.

Overall, I really enjoyed watching the official trailer and I can’t wait to see this movie with my family/friends. Hope you can enjoy this film too and don’t forget to feel those childhood vibes again. You can come to your nearly theatres starting from tomorrow–March 17 2017–to buy the tickets. #BeOurGuests

 

Movie Title: Beauty and the Beast

Genre: Musical Romantic Fantasy

Running Time: 129 minutes

Country: The United States

Director: Bill Condon

Narration: Hattie Morahan

Music: Alan Menken

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures & Mandeville Films

Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson

Release Date: March 17 2017

Score: 8.5/10 (recommended to watch)

 

ps.: sorry for my bad grammars, guys 🙂