Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
By Ryan Rosado
Beauty and the Beast was a Disney production that came out in the Fall of 1991 and was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Motion Picture. The movie is based off a French folklore that was adapted from a Russian tale, The Scarlet Flower. Through the movie, the viewer will follow through the troubles of a young French women who ends up in a magical castle as the prisoner of what would appear to be a horrible beast. Watch how Belle falls in love with the horrifying beast and shows that there’s more to love than just looks.
The movie is quite touching, and honestly brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. With music that fills the heart and acting that is just superb. The animations are not the best, but the movie was made to be an animation and it’s over 20 years years old.
Even though the movie is very magical and touching, it did bring some questions to my mind. For example, does Belle really like the Beast or is she just suffering from Stockholm’s syndrome. Spoilers!!! I found that the ending of the movie could be interpreted as contradicting to the main argument of the film. At the end, the Beast transforms back into a handsome prince. I found this transformation took away from the significance of Belle falling in love with the actual Beast. Although I also found the transformation to be beautiful, in a rhetorical way I found it said that when you fall in love with someone you will find true beauty inside.
Beauty and the Beast was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, who directed other movies such as: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and much more. With only two years between the releases of Beaty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, I find that these directors did just an astounding job, especially with such little time in-between release dates. Beaty and the Beast really is an inspirational work of art that will touch every one who watches it.
This year is the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast, which Disney decided to celebrate by announcing the production of a live action version of the movie featuring Emma Watson. I don’t know what to expect from the new release, but the trailers seemed promising.
The original Beauty and the Beast was rated at a 93% by Rotten Tomatoes, I would rate the movie 10/10 for having changed my look on love and romance. This romantic epic was a joy that you will truly laugh and cry through.