After years of anticipation and waiting for the release of the new Beauty and the Beast I finally got to see it last week. After having my doubts at the start of the movie, I got into it as the film progressed and by the end I didn’t want it to finish. The live action movie pays homage to the original released by Disney in 1991 in a spectacular way. The costumes mirroring those in the animation and of course the classic catchy songs (plus a few extras).
The ballroom scene is as incredible as you’d dreamed.
I feel like it is only fitting that Emma Watson, a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador plays Belle who certainly doesn’t fit the bill of a traditional Disney princess. She defies the villagers views on how women should behave, refuses to settle for the men in her town and saves the day. All in all, a tale as old as time with a modern flair and new age spin. Save it for a day you just need to escape the trials and tribulations of daily life as you’ll be feeling optimistic and upbeat afterwards. *minor spoiler alert – if you don’t want anything to be given away before you’ve seen the movie, read this after*
Here are five life lessons from the new Beauty and the Beast film:
- Never Settle For Anyone Less Then Perfect – In the town Belle has a limited select of men to go for, Gaston the most “wanted” man in the town heavily pursues her but she thankfully never settles for him. By holding out she meets Beast who shares her interests in books and has the same outlook on life as Belle.
- If Everyone Thinks You’re Crazy, It’s Probably Them Not You – The town that Belle grows up in has backwards views compared to the society we live in now. At the time she is labelled as “weird” and “strange” because she enjoys reading and works as an inventor alongside her father. Rather than changing to fit the crowd Belle sticks to her values.
- Don’t Rely On Others To Do the Right Thing – Throughout the movie Belle takes it upon herself to do what she knows is right, often going against the majority. It’s important to stick to your morals and go out of your way to fix a problem rather than relying on others to fix it for you.
- Never Judge a Book By It’s Cover – Of course this is the key moral of the story. The Beast lived an extravagant life prior to being cursed, judging others by their appearances. He then has to learn the hard way that people should be valued on their integrity and beliefs.
- Push the Boundaries and Never Be Afraid to Question Others Views – The new film adds a scene in which Belle is punished for teaching a girl in the village to read. Rather than backing down, she argues the views of the villagers. Just because something is the view of society, it doesn’t always make it right.
Let me know if you guys have seen the new film and love it as much as I did. Hoping to write my thoughts on movies more regularly here on the blog. Still making my way through the Oscar nominations!