Ever since Disney announced it would release a live-action version of one of my favorite animated movies of all time, Beauty and the Beast, I’ve been waiting with bated breath. Like a lot of my friends on Facebook, apparently, I watched every new trailer, every new video released to tease us about the movie that stars Emma Watson as Belle. I wanted to know if she will do it justice, if they will do the songs right, because God knows how I love Beauty and the Beast songs, and all my life, I would randomly sing them to myself.
Here’s a spoiler: Emma may not be a singer, but I think she did a good job on the songs. Oh, and a shoutout to Luke Evans: He’s the perfect Gaston!
And yes, Disney’s live-action adaptation did the 1991 original animated feature justice, and truly, flawlessly brought it to life. I’ve made it a point to ignore all the bashing; I think the movie is beautiful and worth watching over and over.
I found a video of the new Beauty and the Beast trailer, shot for shot with the original movie. Isn’t it wonderful?
I was so happy Globe Telecom invited me to the Blue Carpet Screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Bonifacio High Street Cinema last week, and who better to bring along as my dates than both my parents. The movie is a bit nostalgic for me: Beauty and the Beast is one of the first movies I watched on the big screen when I was a child, and honestly, it’s the first one I truly remember. I watched it with my family, of course, so I knew I had to bring my parents to watch it with me this time around. Every moment with them counts, especially as I countdown to the day I move out when I get married in a few months.
My parents fed my Beauty and the Beast obsession growing up: They bought us the soundtrack (I played that cassette tape over and over) and gave us the Disney storybook that I must have read over a hundred times, often while the soundtrack is playing the background. “Beauty And The Beast” (of course!), “Something There,” “Belle,” and, for some reason, “Gaston” are four of the songs that were my constant LSS (last song syndrome) growing up and even as an adult, way before people started talking about the live-action movie.
If any, this live-action version made me appreciate the songs better and hear the humor in the lyrics in a way I never paid attention to them before (especially when I was a child who didn’t really understand a lot of the expressions in the songs).
In case you were wondering who wrote the lyrics of all those beautiful Beauty and the Beast songs you’ve memorized since childhood and still know by heart to this day, it’s Howard Ashman, and here’s something you need to know about him, from The Telegraph.
From the moment the movie opened right down to the end credits (which my parents and I stayed in the theater to watch), I was enthralled, amazed, and almost always on the verge of tears. “Be Our Guest” was a visual spectacle, as expected, and “Something There” and the dance between Beauty and Beast were super kilig for me. It’s a childhood dream come true. I felt like an 8-year-old again.
And, wow, that reveal of the HUGE stars behind the beloved Beauty and The Beast characters: Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, the harpsichord; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. I had that Harry Potter fangirl moment there, when I realized Hermione and Professor Trelawney, played by the two Emmas, are in good terms in this movie, hehe.
So when I got home, I researched and read all the Beauty and the Beast reviews I could find. There were both positive and negative reviews, but you know what? I ignored the nega. I’m not letting haters ruin the experience for me. Here are some positive ones for you, if you feel the same, to feed your Beauty and the Beast obsession and fangirling:
- “‘Beauty and the Beast’: 5 Reasons the Disney Fantasy Scored at the Box Office,” according to Variety
- Curver City Observer’s Movie Review of Beauty and the Beast
- The New York Times’ “Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Revels in Joy and Enchantment”
- “New ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Finally Fills The Original’s Most Annoying Plot Hole” according to Elite Daily
- For all those looking for underlying meaning in the story: “The Real Story Behind Beauty and the Beast Is Not What You Think” according to Glamour
- I also found this video absolutely hilarious: James Corden Produces Beauty And The Beast In A Crosswalk
And I loved this Variety video:
I also loved this Beauty and the Beast-inspired video from Globe:
I just can’t wait to watch the movie again and see all the other details I was too dazed to see the first time. Do you plan to do the same? There are two ways you can get free tickets from Globe:
You can create more moments with ThePLAN SIM-only from Globe Postpaid, through which you can get free movie passes to watch Beauty and the Beast, now in cinemas.
Surf with up to 11GB of data with ThePLAN SIM-only 799. When you apply for this offer 799 and up from March 10 to March 31, 2017, you can get two complimentary movie passes to watch Beauty and the Beast. Once your application is confirmed, you’ll receive an SMS with a unique claim code within three to five days from plan activation date. Use this code to redeem your movie passes via GMovies from March 16 until the last showing date. The tickets may be redeemed in over 70 partner cinemas including Ayala Mall Cinemas, SM Cinemas, Promenade, and Power Plant within the redemption period. For more information, visit globe.com.ph/beauty-and-the-beast/postpaid.
Globe At Home is also giving new subscribers two free movie tickets to Beauty and the Beast. New subscribers of Globe At Home Plan 1299 and up are eligible to receive two movie tickets. They will receive an email from Globe containing movie tickets via GMovies claim codes after completion of the application. The promo is ongoing until March 31, 2017. For more information on the list of participating Globe stores, visit the website or call 730-1010.
Photos courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International