I am so excited to share with you a summer filled with positive, helpful movie reviews! My hope is that these will be the best family movies for your summer break.
I’m calling this series, “Amazing Summer Movies for Families to Enjoy.”
I’ve invited some of my favorite blogging friends to share movies they love with you. Each Wednesday morning, I’ll add a new review for you to enjoy.
You and your family can gain a whole slew of great movie suggestions from reading these weekly reviews. I hope these articles will lead to a fun summer of movie watching for you and your crew.
Movie Title: Beauty and the Beast
Genre: Family Fantasy Musical Romance
Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor
Movie Plot Summary:
Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle.
Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.
I don’t mean to sound cliché, but it really is a tale as old as time. It’s a beautiful, but a scary tale, too, because it’s about a simple girl who falls in love with a beast. But, that’s not really what the movie is about.
Beauty and the Beast has always been a favorite of mine, and when Disney announced that this beloved movie would be made-over to be seen live on screen I was over the moon excited. I couldn’t wait to scoop both of my daughters (one teen-age and one college age) up where we would buy the largest popcorn and coke they had and watch googly eyed side by side. It was certainly going to be an event, and an event it was.
Here’s my simple plot of the story: a small town girl gets imprisoned by a beast, who she is afraid of at first, but then gets to know him and ends up falling in love with him and they live happily ever after in his beautiful castle.
The live movie had certain innuendo’s that didn’t play out in the animated version, but I wasn’t offended in the least, and it certainly wasn’t going to stop me from seeing the movie. I always view these things as opportunities to have deeper conversations with my girls.
Here’s what the movie is really about, in my opinion.
It’s about a girl (Belle) who is different than most in her gender and age group. She’s “peculiar,” but she’s also confident in who she is. She is selfless and courageous because she takes the place of her father as prisoner in a beast’s home. Although she’s beautiful herself, she finds beauty in a beast because she’s able to look past his mask. How ironic is that?
It’s about a father (Maurice) who would do anything for his daughter.
It’s about a man (Gaston) who is cold-hearted, selfish, mean and over-indulgent who does anything to get what he wants, even if it means killing another. He’s pretty on the outside, and ugly on the inside.
It’s about a group of people (Lumiere, Cadenza, Plumette, Garderobe, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip) who suffer because of the mistakes of another.
And last, it’s about a man who made mistakes, became ugly because of them, but in the end he learned from those mistakes, and it changed him forever.
What this movie is really about from my perspective is this: Our sin makes us ugly, and it makes those around us suffer. But if we can let just enough light come in, that light has the power to change us and those around us.
Things to watch out for:
It is a bit violent and scary at times. Disney does a remarkable job at producing a bit of fear in it’s audience. I’m not sure that I’d have allowed my girls to watch it if they were under the age of 10.
There are a few kissing scenes.
There is a gay/LBGQ moment that caused quite a bit of controversy. My opinions on this differ than my like-minded friends. I welcomed the opportunity to have a discussion with my girls.
I give this movie 5 stars, but because of the scariness of the beast and violence I wouldn’t recommend to children under 8.
About the Reviewer: Shannon Geurin
Shannon is fun-loving and authentic. She loves big and fierce, and at the top of that, love list is Jesus, her husband John and her two daughters, Alex and Averee. She’s a woman who has been rescued and restored and knows how to fight.
Shannon believes every woman has a calling and she has a passion to see women everywhere rise up into who God has designed them to be. Although a book is in her future, you can currently read her blog and her story at www.shannongeurin.com.
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