By Danielle Linton
Next year, Disney has a live-action movie of the classic animated 1991 film “Beauty and the Beast” coming out in theaters on March 17, 2017.
Out of all the Disney live-action movie remakes on the way this one has the most hype surrounding it. After watching the newly, updated trailer I thought the scenes that were shown had beautiful and surreal imagery.
Unlike the live-action movie of “Pete’s Dragon,” it looks like Disney didn’t change the storyline too much. One of the main differences I noticed was that the Beast’s horns were pointed backwards instead of frontwards like in the animation. However, the film looks like it’s going to be fantastic.
From my perspective, other Disney films have never intrigued me as much as “Beauty and the Beast.” Although we have had other great films like “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” this movie just tops them all.
There’s a lot of strong emotions surrounding not only the storyline, but the characters as well. I think that we can all relate to the pain and suffering of the Beast (being an outsider), and we all know someone who is like Gaston (cocky and a jerk) that’s admired by everyone.
Then we have Belle who is this intelligent and beautiful girl that is an endless dreamer. She’s really open-minded and activate with her imagination.
Belle’s best quality, I would have to say, is that she is able to look past how people appear and into their hearts. While everyone else may admire Gaston, Belle thinks he is rude. Overall, Belle doesn’t think Gaston is a very pleasant person to be around no matter how handsome he is.
When Belle goes with the Beast, she is frightened at his appearance at first, but she starts to see the kind nature behind the Beast. She starts to realize that the Beast is starting to care for her right after he saves her life. A creature that Belle thought was a monster turns out to be a soul searching individual.
I always find it humorous when most of my friends compare me to Belle, due to the fact that I’m always a so-called “bookworm” and the fact that they say “You never have your head out of the books, Danielle!” Well, sometimes like Belle, I too, crave romance and adventure.
I think that’s why I’ve always really loved “Beauty and the Beast” because I feel like I can relate to Belle in a lot of ways. It’s not just the fact that I also have brunette hair and brown eyes like Belle, but our personalities are almost identical.
Another reason why I have always loved this film is because I would always watch it with my mom’s mother, who I call my Meemee. It has always been her favorite film and one year I bought it for her on DVD for Christmas.
We have always watched that movie together as I have grown up and we would probably watch it together once more if she wasn’t currently battling cancer.
I love my Meemee and it’s really hard to see someone you love fighting for their life. Her love for “Beauty and the Beast” also gives the film a sentimental meaning to me because it was our movie.
My Meemee would always sing the song, “Tale As Old As Time.” It’s one of the best songs in the film and it has always been her favorite. However, she would always sing it to me or sometimes with me.
The lines my Meemee and I sang the most were, “Tale as old as time, Tune as old as song, Bittersweet and strange, Finding you can change, Learning you were wrong, Certain as the sun, Rising in the east.”
Every time I read those lyrics, I always think of my Meemee singing them with her soothing voice. I felt like she sang them better than me, but when we sang them together it was music to my ears.
I can’t wait until the live-action comes out in theaters. I really hope it is just as good as the animation because I really love this movie and I would be very disappointed if Disney destroyed the story line.