Today, I cried for about 2 hours.
Oh, don’t worry, it wasn’t sad crying – they were emotional tears, don’t get me wrong – but they were much more than that. In 2 hours and 9 minutes (I had to look it up, as I definitely felt dehydrated leaving the theatre), the newly-released Beauty and the Beast film took me on a journey into my childhood memories, took a deeper look into the enchanting story, and best of all, satisfied both my mind and heart in a multitude of ways.
Can you tell I loved the movie?
I mean – I knew I would like it. In the months leading up to the film’s release, my heart would skip a beat just hearing a few notes of the familiar sounds of the gorgeous score. I avoided any reviews of the film, barring any basic commentary from friends on Facebook that had had opportunities to screen the film early, and, as I realized later – had very little knowledge of the cast, other than Emma Watson and Josh Gad.
In efforts NOT to spoil the experience for anyone else, I just wanted to share a few highlights of why I feel this film just WORKED on so many levels, and created an incredible viewing experience that I know will be repeated again and again:
- The film stayed close to its animated predecessor, but took the adaptation a step further with “connecting” backstory and songs.
- The presentation was beyond stunning. I am not usually a fan of 3-D, but after a recommendation from several friends and acquaintances, I decided to go for it, since we were viewing a matinee, and the price was reasonable to do so. I was, for lack of better terms, simply blown away. The visuals were seamless and gorgeous, somewhere between “real life” and fairytale – completely immersive!
- Each character WAS that character. Not once did I think of Emma Watson as anyone other than Belle – and since I had done little research into the actors in the supporting roles, I was able to watch each character as they were – it was not until the very end that I even realized who was behind many of the performances – which kept that movie ‘escapism’ vibe strong for me.
Outside of the actual viewing of the film, the experience watching was a great one as well. Abby and I attended an 11:30 showing, and were two of about maybe 15-20 audience members in our theater, plus she slept through the middle. During the beginning and end, however, she smiled, laughed and clapped, so I think she liked the parts she saw, too.
This film not only lived up to my expectations, but surpassed them, and paid amazing tribute to a timeless classic. I give it 5/5!