We’ve all heard of those Disney princesses and I think everyone one has at least one favorite out of the whole bunch. Well at least I know I do and that’s Belle from "Beauty and the Beast". It might be because I can see myself in her. Or maybe it’s just because I think she’s awesome how she’s just herself and doesn’t really care what anyone else thinks. You know she sort of reminds me of Mels.
But anyways, Belle is from one of those small towns where everyone talks, and especially about her. They say she’s weird and strange but honestly there’s nothing wrong with that. Now, Belle has caught the interest of Gaston the towns most eligible bachelor. But you see, the thing is Belle's not interested in just being a wife or interested in Gaston for that matter. You go, girl! The story actually starts when her dad goes missing and Belle heads off on her own to find him. She’s not prepared at what she finds though and where her father happens to be trapped, an enchanted castle with a spell cast over everyone inside. Can Belle help change this Beast's life and all the people that work and live there as well?
I’m sure you know that answer but maybe a rewatch is in order anyways. There are actually two versions of this movie, the original cartoon version and the live action, which I prefer because more story and I’m a sucker for more story. Belle is like no other princess in my mind. Sure, they’re all tough and strong but Belle is something different all together and honestly that’s never a bad thing to be. Be yourself. That’s what Belle teaches us and honestly that’s a pretty good lesson to learn.
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I have never been a huge fan of Disney Princesses but I have to say I do have a soft spot for Belle, well really for the library ...... I mean have you SEEN that library? I loved the original cartoon version, I even have the 1997 Enchanted Christmas that was never released in the theaters, and I was really excited when I learned that they were going to be doing it as one of the new live action ones.
Of course the Disney movies are not the only versions out there. This is literally a tale as old as time and has inspired many incarnations including at least 2 TV series that I can think of immediately (if you are going to watch one I highly suggest the older 1980's version versus the newer one from the 2000s), and several movies.
Today, however, we are all about the Disney - and for me the live action one has to get the biggest mention. I think the casting was fabulous! Yes people could sit and pick things apart (and they do lol) - I mean do I wish that Emma Watson had sucked it up (literally) and worn a corset - YES (but then I love corsets), but really everyone played their parts so well and it definitely had the cartoon brought to life feel!
The stand outs for me were definitely Luke Evans and Josh Gad (Gaston and LeFou), and obviously the general consensus agreed because now there is going to be a prequel series coming to Disney and I for one am all in for that!
Whether you prefer the cartoon, or the live action, book lovers everywhere seem to love this movie and who can blame them! I mean did I mention the library .......... lol
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