Beauty and the Beast thoughts in gushing dot point form
• They changed the Disney castle with a knight holding a sword at the top somewhere?
• Nice film making technique, making the transformation be visible as a silhouette and lining up the main servants, so we see their darkly lit silhouettes react in horror. It’s horrifying as an audience because we know it’s their turn next.
• It may have sounded auto-tuned when I listened to it online, but with such nice speakers the auto-tuning for Emma Watson didn’t bother me at all. Oh and the village singing number is so much grander on the big screen. I particularly loved the ‘triplets’ getting splashed with mud and Lefou breaking their Gaston marriage hopes with “It’ll never happen.”
• Also my “expensive education.” can’t even help me find the words, but the camera moving from the colourful fields in the Belle reprise and continuously travelling fast to where Maurice was ‘Google Earth style’ was beautiful.
• Lefou’s bitemark on his belly from wrestling in ‘Gaston.’
• “One path closes and another one opens.” You’re so brave Maurice.
• My heart sunk when Maurice slid down in the snow to what I thought would be the wolves. My emotions really matched what was happening on the screen.
• “Shut up, you idiot.” Cogsworth’s first lines spoken. Nice. “I may have lost my arms, but I haven’t lost my eyes!”
“That man has very good taste.” “He was talking about me.”
•Maurice warming his hands on the fire and then another part of his body (read: rear end.)
• “Mama told me not to move so I don’t scare anyone.” (paraphrased) Maurice listens to the talking tea cup for a moment and then quickly rises from his chair and runs away.
• Also, poor Maurice coughing and getting dragged away from the cell by Beast and getting punched by Gaston. Tied to a tree in winter, sent to an asylum etc. At least the ‘hurt’ was balanced with the ‘comfort’ of Agathe giving his shivering hand a cup of tea. She also has a barn owl. Bonus points.
This is where I abandon chronology. It’s easier that way.
• “You can’t talk to us like that!” Cogsworth adorably says with his teeny sword. “Cogsworth the master has returned!” “Where?!” and then his accessories fall apart.
“I’m not alarmed/startled (can’t remember which word) I’m holding a talking candle.”
“Candelabra! There is a difference!”
• Mrs Potts offering tea to Belle before her escape. How considerate! And her “just because someone said things to you when they’re angry, doesn’t mean you have to listen.” speech.
• Lumiere and Cogsworth play chess together. Lumiere cheated apparently.
• Be Our Guest took 12 months to shoot. Let that sink in. And rightly so! That scene felt like an entire Hollywood musical. It just put a big smile on my face! My God, can Mcgregor dance! (motion capture, by the way) With his arms behind his back, sliding on his knees and those twirls! Also, nice guillotine joke and him saying “Over here.” When Plumette’s spotlight doesn’t reach him.
• I’m also happy to note that there was Cogsworth slapstick, just like the original movie! With a fish head slamming in his face and him falling off the table when they literally pull the rug (tablecloth) from under his feet. He also puts his hand on Lumiere’s back after he lands down from the chandelier to see if he’s OK ><
• The hand behind the back thing happens again when they see Belle and Beast dancing. They’re happy for their love, but also for the prospect of being Human Again. Also, Lumiere does whatever he wants! He treats Cogs like a footstool by landing on his head. (Kitchen scene I think.) Also, any clockwork puns are funny.
• What Beast really meant to say when discussing Shakespeare was “Romeo and Juliet? That’s so girly! I only like stuff with swords like Macbeth or Hamlet where everyone dies.” Also his tongue is so long when he expresses his dislike of pining and heartbreak in Romeo & Juliet!
• Lumiere’s makeup mishap with the powder. “I can fix this.”
• I was a bit disappointed that the camera angles weren’t really sweeping around like the original Tale as old as time number, but I like that Belle leads the dance and that there’s new dance moves, like Beast lifting her up to his hips and making her dip (lean backwards.)
• (When Belle leaves) “So much for true love.” Awww! Cogsworth, you’re so cynical. I’m also torn on Evermore. I like the deep, growly version because it’s from the original actor, but Josh Groban has got such more range. That might be my favourite. Also, Beast moving up the staircase in a spiraling motion to get a glimpse of Belle? So dynamic! And was the missing element I couldn’t have imagined when I first listened to Evermore.
• Maurice holding the padlock after using that delightful deus ex machina of a hairpin.
“I believe this belongs to you?” And then casually asking the head of the asylum. “Do you have children?”
• 3 bullet shots Gaston? REALLY?! So much more shocking than a stab wound! And Gaston’s screams continuing until he hits the ground? 0-0 I’m also glad the curse reverting wasn’t too spinny. It was nice and slow.
• Lastly, I thought Plumiere would be my favourite ship. But Garderenza is the best! The way he looks at her sing, and his mad grins when he plays ^^ He also played a crucial role, holding back the doors. I’m so proud of him.
• “The fat lady is singing!” Garderobe yells out before joining the fight. I’m so glad she didn’t land on anyone, it wouldn’t have translated in live action. I also liked the Lefou/Potts piping hot tea teamwork.
• “Cadenza, you were so brave!” “Mi amor! (I might be wrong about the rest.) ” Though Lumiere on his knees, saying “No, Plumette… No.” with her in his arms is emotionally tied.
I also laughed when the first thing Fru Fru does is pee on someone’s leg. Who was that again?