Five Things Every Girl Could Learn From The Beauty and The Beast

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!




  1. Maya
    March 26, 2017 / 11:07 am

    You have the best mind! Wonderful read – look forward to seeing the film!

  2. March 26, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    I haven’t seen the film yet but I know what it is like to feel like the ‘weird’ girl for loving books. These days I really don’t care what people think about that, love it or hate it, it won’t stop me from doing it!

  3. abbeylouisarose
    March 26, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Completely with you here Joelle, the movie was totally magical and the dancing scene blew me away 😍 I definitely agree that the film has a lot of important messages we can take away – especially that you can’t expect others to do the right thing, which is sadly very true!

    Abbey 🦋

  4. March 26, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    I love this post! Completely agree! 💕

  5. March 26, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Joelle, as I was reading your post, I kept thinking yes, yes yes to all! It was such a good movie! I definitely agree with ‘don’t rely on others to do the right thing’! It’s so so important to do what you feel is right and not wait for others! x


  6. March 27, 2017 / 9:52 am

    I’m seeing a lot of movies lately but haven’t seen Beauty And The Beast yet. Can’t wait after reading this though!

  7. April 3, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    This is a great post! I’ve been a bit doubtful of the film (confession time – I haven’t seen the original!), but your review makes me want to watch it. I’m going sometime this week I think! I really like the lessons you got from it – I wish more Disney princesses were more interesting (my favourite so far is Moana even though she isn’t technically a princess, because she’s so different to all the others too!)

  8. April 27, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I absolutely love love love this post! It’s amazing how a film and characters can give us such great life lessons. And it’s teaching young girls (and boys!) to be exactly who they want to be.
    Katie l X

    • Just Joelle
      April 29, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Thank you! Love Belle as a role model – especially compared to some of the other Disney princesses X

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