Tale As Old As I : Beauty and the Beast *No Spoiler Alert, this movie is 26 years old and if you haven't watched it by now I'd sue your parents
So I packed up my roommates into one of their cars and headed to the 10 PM showing of the classic last night...we didn't do the midnight showing because we really didn't need to be on coffee drips all day. But here we go, again....spoiler alert isn't necessary because this is the same movie that came out in 1991...just with live action and a some changes. So here's the scoop.
Alright so the story starts out exactly the same...except now there's a lot of diversity, which is amazing and basically everything that is right with our world. The prince is having a fly party en blanc...which I'm only assuming is where people got the idea for dinner en blanc...and he's wearing a lot of makeup, he 1000% went to the MAC store and they had their way with him. So this awesome party with dancing also has THE AUDRA MCDONALD, the most decorated actress in Broadway history and of course she's slaying it! Then the witch crashes and we all know how that goes "You're cursed...and so is your castle, and your peoples and your face."
Then there's Belle, a young maiden living in a small provincial town in the outskirts of France (or something like that)...which is basically every Julia Roberts movies dream plot...and every hipsters retirement plan currently. However, this is pre Instagram, Our French Cottage, lucrative blog opportunity France and Belle is bored...real bored. However books are her friends because obvi...and the town people are SO BASIC.
Anyways, Belle lives with her dad (the brilliant Kevin Kline) in this little town and they seem like they're really out of place...and it turns out that they are because apparently they used to live in Paris and moved. IDK why, if they had held on to whatever Rue they were living on they would be rolling in castle money by now. So they live in this town and he still goes to market and Belle is still being mildly stalked by Gaston, which in this movie isn't so bad because he is D.R.E.A.M.Y. (See exhibit A. Below)
So Belle's dad is off to the Farmers Market, which back then I can only assume everything was as Beyond Organic as can be. While he's gone Belle is stuck being smarter than all the villagers and town folk. Until his horse alone and turns everything upside down because of course he's been captured by The Beast, and off Belle goes.
So I don't really need to recap the rest because again its essentially the same movie, but does have a lot of fun new additions that you'll want to see. The cast is incredible, I mean Ewan McGregor as The Candelabra, Lumiere is such a perfect choice since the brilliant Jerry Orbach is no longer with us (RIP.) Thankfully McGregor has signing chops....I mean he was the dreamiest in Moulin Rouge and just a little too old to play the Beast. Then Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts was perfect casting....although I'm sure Angela Lansbury was able and willing...I mean I don't know maybe she was probably off writing murders or something.