Ever since I first saw Beauty and the Beast on its release, I’ve been totally enraptured with the film. The story of Belle and the fierce creature that she tames and grows to love is one of Disney’s most magical affairs.
I’d recently bought a copy of the DVD and was looking forward to watching it with the babes when we got a press invite to see it on the big screen – in 3D!
From the opening frames, you’re totally immersed in the gorgeously animated forest and the legend of the mean prince who falls under an enchantment that only true love can break.
Belle is a feisty, bookish heroine who dreams of more than ‘this provincial life’ but spends most of her time fighting off the attentions of local meathead Gaston (imagine Steven Seagal… on steroids).
When her father accidentally trespasses on the Beast’s castle and is held captive, Belle offers to take his place. It’s the start of an adventure crammed with catchy musical numbers and loveable characters, like Mrs Potts (the teapot maid) and Lumiere (the candlestick manservant).
The babes were excited to see the film and always enjoy sporting 3D glasses.
But the images literally burst from the screen at points and some scenes were pretty intense for little ones. Jed was clinging to me during the Beast’s early rampages and Ezra kept taking his glasses off because it was ‘too scary’, especially when the wolves attack.
Still, both said they loved the film and were happy to sit through the end credits with Mama, soaking up the Oscar-winning title song.
I’m not a fan of everything being converted to 3D and found the picture slightly dizzying at times. That said, the new version does give you an extra appreciation of the care that’s been lavished on this film.
Beauty and the Beast remains one of my top 5 Disney films and the Beast is still the ultimate romantic hero. If you’re a fan of big-hearted storytelling and a soaring score, you and your family can’t help but fall under its spell.
Beauty and the Beast 3D is on limited release nationwide from May 4