Monday, July 10, 2017

I Have Watched The Forbidden Princess Movie (A.k.a. BATB)

 Hello, friends! Are you all doing ok without my posts? I'm sure you are. It's been an up-and-down kind of summer for me. But it's not over yet! I have heaps of posts to share with you all, but I still have another couple of weeks of ministry to be involved in, so I don't think I shall have time until August or so.
But anyways!
But let's get back to the point of this post.
I have done it, friends. I have gone and watched Beauty and the Beast!
And, surprise, I have OPINIONS.
Brace yourselves.
Let's divide said opinions into categories, shall we?

Belle: I think Emma Watson did a good job. I have some friends who told me that her singing voice is terrible, but I disagree. I thought she had a kind of sweet voice. I know it was probably partly fake, but, you know.
She was also really pretty and the part was played well, in my opinion.

The Beast: I COULD SEE MATTHEW CRAWLEY. Every time I saw the Beast's face, I saw Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey. Most of you probably know that I don't watch the show (as of yet, anyways), but I still know who some of the people are. I also think the face of the beast was a good job, because the face almost made him human-like. And sometimes he was almost handsome, which would be probably be hard considering his costume. So that was a win for me. The rest of him looked fake at times, but it wasn't too bad.

Gaston: Please. You must allow me.
You sang it in your head, didn't you? You can sing it out loud if you want. I won't judge.
Initially, as much as I like Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman, anyone?) as an actor, I didn't think I would like him as this part, because I thought that the perfect person to be Gaston would have to be Henry Cavill (a.k.a. 'the superman dude').

See what I mean? So I kind of expected to not like Luke Evans at all. But you know what? 
I did.
He did a splendid job with the whole business. He is so good at acting angry. Actually, I thought he was better at acting angry than he was at acting arrogant. But overall he was really good, and he acted perfectly nuts for the part. Bravo, Evans Sir. *claps for evans sir* Forgive me for doubting you. *bows*

LeFou: Yes, yes. This is he. The *guy* that we've all heard about. Fortunately, I don't think the gay 'agenda' thingy was exactly glorified through his part, but you could definitely pick out a few specific moments where you're like "Oehh that was a g.a.y. p.a.r.t.....", as well as parts where he 'looked up to' Gaston a little too much. Also I somehow got the idea when I was reading the articles about the so-called 'gay agenda' going on that there was something explicit in the movie...? But there wasn't. Which I was glad of.
As far as the character was played, I think Josh Gad did a really good job. He made it a funny and enjoyable time throughout. It's funny also, that I know someone I work with whose name is Josh, and he looks almost exactly like Josh Gad, with the same build, same face, and everything. It's kind of creepy watching 'josh' in the movie the whole time. XD

Look at the costumes. LOOK AT THEM.
There are obviously more characters than these in the movie, but these were the main ones that I wanted to touch on.

Costumes (Mostly Belle's):
One thing I appreciate about the costumes in this movie is that BELLE ACTUALLY HAD A NUMBER OF OUTFITS. Instead of just, like, three. All of which were lovely. When Cinderalla came out, I kind of got sick of the same old blue.... But Belle wore different colors. There wasn't a HUGE array of costumes for her, but I still like the amount they had. 

I've heard more than one person/blogger talk about how they thought Belle's dress looked cheap. I personally don't think so, and it looks better when you're actually seeing it in action during the movie. I thought it was a pretty good job. The bodice is not the best (what is that shiny plastic-y striped/layered business?! :P )

But anywho, I thought all of the costumes were well done. I loved the part at the beginning when all of the guests where in the Prince's palace and they had on their fabulous dresses.
AND ALSO. I must mention Belle's dress at the VERY END.

Sadly, there is not a lot of pictures around the internet for me to show you what I mean. :P But this whole scene was beautiful, just for the record. And everyone else's costumes were good too. Even all the men's. I love the whole kind of 'colonial' vibe.

The music was really nice. I like how they kept some of the original songs from the animated movie (only with different voices of course), but they also added in a few new ones, which I thought were sweet and pretty.
It was funny because on the way home me and my sister were singing all the songs over again together while I was trying to drive home from the movie theater on the highway, and my mom was like:
"Amaris, focus on driving, not on singing."
Me: "Okeeyyyyy"
But it was a good time. We all enjoyed it.
Also the dancing parts were very pretty.

This was a very beautiful, enchanting, good movie. I enjoyed it.
There were some kind-of-magical moments (such as the part where the beast turned into a prince, etc.), and they were not too cheesy, thank heavens. Speaking of that 'transformation scene', ^^ I had really high expectations for that part, and it fell a leeetle short, but it wasn't too bad.

Also on 'high expectations', one thing that I was REALLY disappointed in (like, more than Belle's dress, which wasn't that bad, and more than the transformation scene, which was also not that bad), was the LIBRARY.

I was SO looking forward to that HUMOUNGOUS and beautiful white and blue and golden hall with like a million books, but this version was extremely disappointing. :P :P :P
It was almost ugly. And DREADFULLY small.
No, no, no.
(as if i had a million thumbs)

There were so many enjoyable aspects, however, in spite of the few things I have mentioned. It was the perfect picture of a fairy tale story, I enjoyed sitting back watching a classic villain, the beautiful heroine, the not-too-complicated plot.
It was a really beautiful movie, overall.
Great job, peeps.

That's all, friends. See you later!


  1. I don't agree with all your opinions, but I can say that I mostly liked this film.

    Have you seen the original? (Just wondering because I didn't notice any mention of it. Then again, I'm half asleep so you could have and I just didn't see :P)

  2. I haven't actually saw this version of Beauty and the Beast but one day I will

  3. Hello, Amaris!
    I think your blog is very enoyable!
    This movie overall IS pretty good! I agree with what you have to say here! So, one thing I want to metion: The costumes are Eco-friendly. All of the costumes in here are made from costumes from other movies! I have no idea where they got that much yellow fabric, that is probably why that plastic is there.
    Lovely review!

    1. Oh, that is a really cool piece of info! They certainly did a good job with the costumes! :D
      Glad you liked the review!

  4. Amaris, your blog is gorgeous!

    Good review. I had a lot of the same thoughts as you. I saw it right away in theaters and I felt like, while it was wonderful, there was just something that kept me from 100% loving it. Still, I am surprised by your library comment. It isn't as impressive as the animated one, true, but I hadn't thought of it like that.

    Anyhow, I just wanted to stop by and check out your blog. Thanks for coming by mine:)


    1. Thank you so much, Elanor! I appreciate the comment.
      I guess my expectations for the library part was so high, that anything less than that disappointed me. :P It wasn't too bad, I suppose. It is certainly much better than MY current book collection. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!


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