Friday, January 20, 2017

Family Movie Night: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Welcome to a new installment of FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, where we give our recommendation for a family-friendly film to enjoy. This week we review the majestic and wonderfully animated BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  This film has something for every member of the family to enjoy.

Disney has a great talent for bringing fairy tales to life onscreen, and Beauty and the Beast is no exception. There had been attempts in the 1930's and 1950's to adapt the story to screen, however it wasn't until 1991 that if finally was released by Walt Disney Pictures.

Belle's attitude and personalty are two things that drew me to this film. She was not a helpless damsel in distress. Belle used her wit and intelligence to get through her obstacles. I believe that is a wonderfully positive message to send to girls and young women.

One of my favorite scenes in the film is when Belle makes a great sacrifice for her father, Maurice. Maurice had gotten lost in the forest and was captured by the Beast. Belle offered to take her father's place and the Beast accepted. Despite appearances and misunderstandings, the two begin to care for one another.

I loved this film as a child because it made me believe that nothing was impossible. The probability of a beautiful girl falling in love with a beast are slim to none. However, Beauty and the Beast taught me not to judge others on their appearance or past.

The musical aspect of this film was amazing and brought me great delight as a child. Two songs that were the most memorable to me were, "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and the Beast". I recently heard Angela Lansbury singing "Beauty and the Beast" for the film's 25th anniversary. It sounded just as beautiful as it did in the movie. The music and animation in this film fit perfectly together.

Beauty and the Beast received much love from the critics and film audiences when it was released. It currently has a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave the film four stars and said, "Beauty and the Beast reaches back to an older and healthier Hollywood tradition in which the best writers, musicians and filmmakers are gathered for a project on the assumption that a family audience deserves great entertainment, too." I couldn't agree more with Mr. Ebert. It is also one of 
only three animated films (alongside Toy Story 3 and Up) to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.

In a world torn by anger and inhumanity, this film made me believe that there is still magic and good to be found in it. Beauty and the Beast was an enchanting masterpiece that I would never tire of watching. It has been turned into a television show twice, a Broadway musical, and has had several different adaptations released. In about two months, Disney is releasing a live-action version of the film starring Emma Watson, which I'm excited to see. If you are looking for a film that will enchant your family and teach them a moral lesson, then this is the film for you.

Lisa's Score: 9/10

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