I was going to write a post today about my day out on Thursday at Wimpole Hall, but having seen Beauty and the Beast yesterday, that went out of the window.
I knew the story of Beauty and the Beast as I have seen, and loved the 1991 animated version – but this film was a whole different experience. It reminded me of The Slipper and the Rose – the cinematography, the music and the gloriousness of it all.
For those of you that don’t know the story, it is about Belle, a local girl, who trades places with her father after he is captured by the Beast. The Beast is actually a local aristocrat who angered an enchantress years before (he refused her shelter during a storm), she puts a spell on him and his servants – turning them into inanimate objects – and wipes the memory of the castle from the memory of the villagers. The spell can only be broken once he must learn to love another and earn her love in return before the rose’s last petal falls. If he fails, he will remain a beast forever.
You are then taken on a rollercoaster of emotions as we follow the attempts of the servants – Cogsworth, a mantel clock; Mrs. Potts, a teapot; her son Chip, a teacup; court composer, Maestro Cadenza, a harpsichord; Maestro Cadenza’s wife and opera singer, Madame de Garderobe, a wardrobe; and the maid and Lumiere’s sweetheart Plumette, a feather duster – as they try to help the Beast fall in love with Belle. There is also the fly in the ointment as the narcissistic Gaston, a local former soldier, has fallen in love with Belle himself and is hellbent on stopping the Beast by any means necessary.
Eventually, the Beast and Belle confess their love for each other, but the last petal has fallen. Fortunately (and I clapped at this point), the enchantress sees this, undoes the curse and the Beast is returned to human form, as are the servants, and the villagers remember who they are. And what do we do to celebrate? We have a ball of course!
I absolutely loved this film and was very thankful for the fact that my hubby had a spare hanky because when I wasn’t smiling I was blubbing uncontrollably.
I left the cinema feeling very happy and singing “Tale as old as time” on a loop. I really must learn more of the words……!
Have you seen the film yet – what did you think?