Talk about something there that wasn’t there before, it’s Beauty and the Beast on my new-movies-that-could-be-a-big-hit list! Like me, you may think the movie is tailored for the female gender, what with all it’s singing and pretty dresses, a formal dinner, and a ruggedly handsome hunk of a star that plays the part of villain, a la Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice. Yes, I mean Gaston. And no, don’t even get me started on the fantasy that men like Darcy are actually preferred because he was not nice to Elizabeth. Of course, he definitely looked like a normal human man. C’mon Belle, you know you rather have Gaston. This just got real. I’d also like to thank 2011 for the “said no girl ever” punch line. It’s just as funny 3 years later! But we all know deep down Bingley was the man, right? Unlike Beast, though, who was not a man. Because he was a beast. Listen, if I have to spell all this out for you it’s going to be a long day.
Though Beauty and the Beast started with the much-feared lullaby-like song, the pace picked up. It was crystal clear what was going to happen. Belle was going to rescue the beastly handsome animal (and fall in love) while also rejecting the arrogant fella, Gaston, who acts like he deserves her as a wife. There’s really no need to get into the details of her falling in love with a beast because hey, we’ve all seen some pretty rough online dating profiles. The beast actually may be an upgrade.
I give a high five and a heartfelt chuckle along with a nod and a slippity slap secret handshake to whoever was in charge of details in this movie. Get past the predictability and check out the endearing details that remind us of how fun and funny it is to be human. For instance:
The “a hem mm hmm memm” before stating “dinner is served” made me laugh so hard. I skipped back a few times to watch it again and umm, yeah, even recorded it on my, uhh, phone. In the end, I’m a fan of this movie. I really think it’ll catch on and be a hit… as long as Darcy and his pride don’t make a cameo and ruin everything ever.