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Andy and I took the kids to see the new live action Beauty and the Beast, and I loved it a lot more than I was expecting to. This was my favorite Disney movie as a child, and I always identified heavily with Belle (I got in trouble with school for reading to much, I had people tell me I was so beautiful and if I would just put the book down and talk to people I would have friends, and all I wanted was to get away from everyone at school and have an adventure somewhere else). They fixed some of the plot holes and what made the original problematic as much as they could and had some surprises. I was hoping they would have "If I Can't Love Her" from the Broadway musical in there, but they put in "Evermore" instead, and I was torn between being disappointed that it wasn't "If I Can't Love Her" versus taken with the power of "Evermore". Upon getting home and listening to them both again I have decided that Dan Stevens is my new Hollywood crush.

This was the second time I've taken the kids to a theater and wasn't wracked with anxiety over their behavior and could just enjoy...for the most part. It was a long movie and Gwen was a little monkey and dumped popcorn all over me. Still, the theater the aisles are now so big and separated from each other that you really aren't aware of what is going on in other rows, and everyone else in this theater had young kids except for the aides who were there with two women with Down Syndrome, and I could tell that people in other rows were being more disruptive than Gwen (but even then I wasn't too bothered by it because it seemed so distant), that I couldn't stress about it. Brent was entranced through the whole movie and every time Andy tried to check on him resented the interruption. Gwen loved certain scenes, moved around a lot, said, "uh-oh" and "oh no!" and got a bit scared during the scene with the wolves. She was sitting in my lap but then she looked at Andy, screamed, "Daddy!" and went over to him.

Anyway, the movie.

-Such gorgeous eye candy! It was just beautifully done!

-With the exception of "If I Can't Love Her" I wasn't overly fond of the added songs for the Broadway show, with some of the songs, such as "Home" just having cringeworthy, painfully bad lyrics. The songs they added for the movie weren't stand out, but they also weren't cringeworthy.

-I liked how they developed the relationship between Maurice and Belle.

-The castle inhabitants turning into inanimate objects hit me hard emotionally.

-I did like the return to some of the original fairy tale motifs, with Maurice getting a rose for Belle and the Beast imprisoning him for that.

-I also like the change of making the Beast educated and well read, and reading being something that Belle and the Beast shared. I also loved how it showed Belle's world expanding, from like 10 books to thousands.

-I was hoping that you'd see the bookseller help Belle and Maurice, or fight back against Gaston, but I guess it emphasized how much the town she's from sucks.

-I did like how, after Madam Garderobe dressed the three men, one felt empowered by it. It really turned the trope of women's clothes being humiliating and degrading to wear on its head.
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