Beauty Brings a Tear

For those who know me or read my blogs frequently, I recently shared a purchase that I made of the L’Oreal Beauty and the Beast make up set.

In my write up I confessed to my love for the original film, and although I am a massive Disney fan in general, Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney film of all time.

This meant of course that I was super excited when several months ago they announced a new live action version of the classic story. I immediately started counting down the days.

I must confess I am a huge B&B fan. I have seen the film more times than I care to count, and I have seen the West End musical of the film three times, and would certainly go more if it was still on at the theatre! I simply love it, and for me it is the pinnacle of a Disney era that was filled with amazing modern classics.

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The best Musical EVER

Finally the release date of the 17th of March was given and I was so excited. I might be 42 but I was feeling like a excited child again.

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Channeling my inner middle aged Belle

Sadly due to work and other engagements I was unable to go on opening day, however booked tickets for the VIP seats in our local VUE cinema on Sunday afternoon.

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SOOOO Excited

As soon as I woke up I was singing virtually every song from the film and time couldn’t go quick enough.

We arrived at 330pm  for a 4pm showing and of course loaded up on treats and drinks.

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Buckets of popcorn, fanta and nachos!

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A dirty hotdog – tasted so good!

Heading into screen 6 we settled ourselves into the extra wide leather VIP seats and waited for the film to start.

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Two Beauties and a Beast! I will let you decide which one is which!

And boy, What a start! True to the original, the village and its inhabitants looked just like the cartoon. Emma Watson started singing and I was sucked into a world of fantasy.

Emma doesn’t sing like your perfect Disney princesses do. She is very “English” in her style of singing and I thought it worked so well.

I was transfixed by the story which expanded on Belles character somewhat, and there was even a little back story regarding her Mother which I found really beautiful yet tragic.

The film does have a couple of new songs, and also there seems to be a few new verses added to some of the classic ones. These all worked amazingly well.

For me, the only disappointing thing was a song that is only used in the West End Musical, called “If I can’t Love her” was not chosen to be added to the film, instead a new song called “Evermore”is used. Whilst this is a beautiful love song, it does not compare to the lyrics and sheer desperation of the Beast.

The Song breaks my heart every time, and I find it tragic that it so unknown when it such a beautiful song. If you are interested to hear it, you can do so here on Youtube as sung by Terrence Mann.

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Theatre Version with Terrence Mann

The film itself has the most amazing cinematography. The locations are perfect, and the costumes just divine. I loved the comedy of the characters, and LeFou is spectacular.

Belle has become an even better character. Emma Watson gives her backbone. When she argues with the beast, you believe her. She is bright and spirited and is a fabulous role model to look up to.

The Beast is a miracle of modern technology. He is so realistic that you really start to believe he is, until of course the final transformation when he turns into the Prince.

If you are unsure as to whether the film would be for you, it is certainly well worth a watch. It has romance, conflict, amazing action scenes, fighting and even comedic value. It is worth is just for the way the film has been shot, it genuinely is a stunningly beautiful piece of film.

Oh, and my last confession…..

Luke Evans as Gaston is HOT!!! And whilst he is a bigoted, rude, ignorant cretin, he was far more attractive (for me) than the Prince who is just a little too wholesome, in fact I kept wishing they had left the Prince with a little facial hair!

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Too Pretty for me!

So yes, Gaston was my preferred leading man.

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Luke Evans. Enough said!

After all, you gotta love a bad boy every now and then!

Are you a fan? Will you go and see the new film?

Till next time,

Txx

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  • Shannon Bryson

    I’m a fan of the old beauty and a beast but I’m always hesitant to go and see the newer live action films for fear that they would ruin the iconic classics. However i think you may have just convinced me that it’s time to go see the new beauty and a beast!

  • I agree Gaston is very attractive. I like that Belle has more of a character and I really can’t wait to watch it, fingers crossed x x

    • She really does have a much better character than the original! I loved that about it, if I am honest. I hope you enjoy it too x

  • Nayna Kanabar

    I have yet to go nad see this movie , hopefully this weekend,I have heard some great reviews.

  • Jo Wiggins

    Gaston does look rather dashing! I’m off to London Wednesday for a B&B afternoon tea, I can’t wait x

    • Oooh where do you go and do that? Sounds amazing! x

  • Joanna

    I loved the new film it was amazing. Beauty and the beast is definitely my favourite Disney film.

  • Helen Clark

    I’m a massive Beauty and the Beast fan too. I haven’t had a chance to see this yet but I can’t wait to! I have to agree with you about Luke Evans too x

    • I hope you enjoy it Helen! And yes Luke Evans… mmmm x

  • I’ve not seen the film yet but I really want to x

  • I really wanted to see this when it first came out but I don’t think I’m going to get to see it until next week now. I can’t wait x

    • Did you manage to go Rhian? What did you think? x

  • I am looking forward to watching the new Beauty and the Beast as well! It’s one of my childhood stories! And I love that Emma Watson plays Belle! 🙂

    • It is my favourite animated Disney feature and I thought the live action was even better! x

  • OK yeah, Gaston is a total fox!! I’m not particularly a B&B fan but I might just have to look up that actor haha

    • Oh I really would Kitty. Those tight breeches…. mmmm

  • Lucky you, I’m so jealous. I really want to see this film. xx

    • I hope you get a chance Anna, it is really worth it x

  • Shannon Ritchie

    I’m seeing this next week, I’m such a fan of anything Disney!

  • Mummy’s Monkey

    I really want to see this. I’m trying to decide whether to take my daughter. She loves Belle but I think she might be a bit young for the actual film so we’ll just stick to the toys for her

    • I have to admit there are a couple of quite scary parts in it, (with the wolves springs to mind) so depending on how old she is, it might not be for her x

      • Mummy’s Monkey

        She’s only two so I think it’s not for her. I’ve arranged to go with her best friend’s mum – mummies night out!

  • Oh yes! Going to see it for sure. This is one not to be missed.

  • Louise O’Brien

    I loved you covering this as I so want to go and see the film! Loved your description of it and hoping my 19 year old son will take me 😬

    • I hope he took you Louise? If not, go on your own! Stock up on pop and sweets and enjoy yourself x

  • Meenal Ranka

    Yeah will see it for sure. 🙂

  • fashion-mommy

    Yep! I’d go for Gaston too, the Beast certainly does nothing for me.

    • I am glad I am not the only one who thinks that! x

  • ThatgirlSue

    I’ve yet to see this film but I can’t freaking wait

  • Laura

    I went to see Beauty and The Beast last Friday and absolutely LOVED it!! I love Emma Watson as Belle, perfectly cast! xxx

    • Isn’t it just amazing!! Emma was perfect. Oh and so was Luke Watson as Gaston!! mmmmmmm xxx

  • I haven’t seen the movie yet but I will be very soon! You look beautiful like always!

    • Thank you so much Candice Nikeia, I hope you manage to catch it x