Belle Vs. Cinderella: who will win?
Belle Vs. Cinderella: who will win?
In movie news that makes me incredibly happy, a new live action Beauty And The Beast will soon be in the process of being filmed.
In the title roles will be Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey). Playing Belle’s unwanted and obnoxious suitor , Gaston, is Luke Evans (Dracula Untold).
This movie is only in pre-production, but I am so excited about this movie.
In other Beauty And The Beast news, a French language Beauty And The Beast was released last year. As far as I know, it has yet to be released in the states either in theaters or on DVD.
2014 has been a very interesting movie going year for me. While I did not see any movies that would substantiate a worst movies of 2014 list, there have been more than a few that are vying for best movie of 2014.
5. Noah-While this movie tried, it lived up to the title of biblical disaster for several reasons.
4. Get On Up– A biopic is always more interesting when the audience gets to know the whole person, warts and all. However, that doesn’t mean there can’t be a few scenes that can be saved for the extra’s portion of the DVD.
3. Monuments Men– I like this untold World War II stories, but there was something lacking.
2. Wish I Was Here– A realistic view of adulthood that felt a little too real.
1. Begin Again– Keira Knightley, breaking from her previous BPD (British Period Drama) roles and Mark Ruffalo as a disgraced music exec.
And now the fun begins. (Drum roll please) The top 5 movies of 2014 are….
4. Tie Between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days Of Future Past– Two excellent comic book movies which could easily stand on their own, but fit in perfectly with the rest of the genre.
3. Belle– A BPD with a woman of color and an engaging true story.
2. The Theory Of Everything– The life story of Stephen Hawking.
1. Ida– This movie is story telling at it’s best.
There you have it folks. My list of the best movies of 2014. See you next year.
*-Contains spoilers for Once Upon A Time. Read at your own risk if you are catching up on previous episodes.
The story of Beauty and The Beast is a familiar one. A woman agrees to take her father’s place at a beast’s castle when her father steals a rose, the only gift his daughter asked for.
While much of commentary is focused on the female lead, I would like to focus tonight on the male lead. The Beast is a tortured soul. Depending on which adaption one is reading or watching, the beast is either directly punished for his wicked, selfish ways or indirectly punished for others’s mistakes. His punishment is the loss of his humanity. While he retains his fine home, a kitchen full of food and fancy clothes, his cursed exterior reflects his inner turmoil.
On Once Upon A Time, Rumplestilkin (Robert Carlyle) is known the Dark One. Make a deal with the dark one and he will want something in return for his services. But underneath the scaly green skin and the magic is a man whose scars run deep and long. Loosing his parents to death and abandonment at a young age, he was branded a coward. His marriage to his first wife, Milah was rocky, even after the birth of their son, Bae. When Milah abandoned her husband and son for Captain Hook, the mortal Rumplestilkin was replaced with the immortal dark one.
In Skin Deep, Sir Maurice will do anything to end the Ogre Wars. Rumplestilkin is happy but help. But in return for his services, he wants Belle, the king’s only daughter as a serving girl. As time passes, Rumplestilskin begins to see Belle in a new light. But their first kiss reveals his deep un-healed scars.
What strikes me about this scene is that I understood him at that moment, when he is yelling at himself in the mirror. I understood his pain, his turmoil and his fear.
Sometimes, when we look in the mirror, that is all we see.
We all know the 1991 Disney Beauty And Beast movie. In nearly a quarter of a century since the movie’s initial release, the images and songs have become iconic. Millions of little girls (myself included) had some sort of merchandise attached to this movie at one point or another. But there is another movie adaptation of Beauty And The Beast that deserves equal attention.
The 1946 Beauty And The Beast, directed by Jean Cocteau and starring Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais as The Beast/The Prince/Avenant is much closer to the original fairy tale than the more contemporary adaptations. The psychology of the fairy tale and the characters journey is not as diluted as the Disney adaptation is. The costumes are absolutely beautiful. This movie was made as the ashes of Nazi controlled Europe was slowly dying. The fact alone makes the movie that much better.
The only thing I could have done without is Belle fainting when she sees the Beast for the first time. Other than that, the movie is perfect.
*- I do not own any of these characters, I am just borrowing them.
He watched her run out, the door slamming behind her.
She was a foolish woman, taking her father’s place. He was just an old man.
But she was young and beautiful. And very brave. Daring to stand up to him, to look directly at him, demanding her father’s release then offering to take his place.
He had tried to be civil, to act as his servants had suggested, in a “gentlemanlike” manner.
But it was not enough; he had warned her that the west wing was off limits; she chose to ignore the warning. Levitating only a few inches off the ground, the rose was a reminder of the foolish mistake of a boy and heartache of a man regretting the mistakes of his youth.
He had hoped if only for a moment, that this woman, Belle was sent to him by some twist of fate, to give him one final chance of redemption, before all hope of returning to his human form was lost forever.
But it was not to be, the main door slamming behind her slammed on his hopes. This was a dream, she was a dream. But she was meant for another man, a man who was not cursed with form of monster.
Then he heard the wolves. They were always sniffing at his gates, looking for their next meal. And she would be it.
Foolish woman, leaving at this time of night. He could let her go, and leave her to her fate.
But he couldn’t, the rose petals were falling at an alarming rate. He made the decision to go after her, not know the outcome of his decision would alter the course of both their lives.
*-This post contains spoilers about Skin Deep and Once Upon A Time. If you are catching up on season 1, read at your own risk.
Half way through the first season of Once Upon A Time, the character of Rumplestilskin (Robert Carlyle) was a villain with a capital V. He was the trickster, the dark one, making deals with people who were desperate enough to seek him out.
Then Skin Deep aired. Skin Deep put this villain with a capital V in a new light, a man who was tortured by his past and hid that tortured past under a mask that no one could crack. That was until Sir Maurice of Avonlea, desperate to end the Ogre wars, called upon the dark one to end the war. As usual, there was deal to be made. Rumplestilskin does not make deals without getting something in return. That deal was Sir Maurice’s daughter, Belle. She would leave her father’s kingdom forever and become a servant in Rumplestilskin’s castle.
This episode was written by Jane Espenson, and introduced Belle (Lost and Roswell’s Emilie de Raven) to the Once Upon A Time universe.
This episode, is best episode that this show has ever produced and I would like to tell you why.
And that is why Skin Deep is one of the single greatest hours of television.
I’m a girl. I like romances and more specifically I like period romances. I like see men wearing stockings, breeches and neck clothes. I like seeing woman wearing petticoats, corsets and long dresses. But that doesn’t mean I want a mindless, predictable story with an ending that can be seen a mile away. I like an intelligent story that makes me laugh, that makes me think, all while providing the happily ever after that makes me smile at the end of the story.
I am very happy to report that Belle is such a story.
It is based on the true story Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a bi-racial woman raised on her great uncle’s estate in 1780’s England. Her father, Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) is only able to care for his daughter for a brief time before he passes her to his uncle to raise. His uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) was Lord Chief Justice at the time, was reviewing a case in regards to a slave ship where many of the slaves were drowned.
When Dido reaches the age when marriage is expected, there are road blocks. She is attracted to the son of a local vicar, John Davinier (Sam Reid), but finds herself and her cousin Elizabeth Murray (Sarah Gadon) in the company of James Ashford (Tom Felton), his brother Oliver (James Norton) and their mother, Lady Ashford (Miranda Richardson). Dido’s mother figures, her aunts, Lady Mansfield (Emily Watson) and Lady Mary Murray (Penelope Wilton) do their best, but they are blinded by their own prejudices.
This movie is wonderful. While it has the hallmarks of a BPD (British Period Drama), it also brings up issues that have not been raised in the genre previously. I’ve seen many BPD’s, but 99.9% of them have an all white cast, the issue of racism and people of color in England is rarely addressed. It also addresses the fact that English women, up until approximately WWI, had no rights. They were chattel. Wealthy women and aristocratic women, were especially viewed as chattel. If they were lucky, they had a father or a brother and then eventually a husband who loved them and respected them.
I highly recommend this movie.
*-These characters belong solely to the creators of OUAT. I simply a humble fan.
*Takes place during Quiet Minds.
It was too much for Rumplestilskin. The voices, the memories were all jumbled up in his head. Except for one.
His Belle. The thought of her was his only hold on his sanity.
Belle, with the sweetest lips he had ever tasted.
Belle, with the bright blue eyes.
Belle, who shared their bed, night after night, not afraid of the beast inside of him.
Belle, the only person beside Bae who could call his bluff.
Belle, who continually reassured him that he was not a beast, but a man. He was her man.
Belle, who helped to heal the scars of his past. Belle, who helped him forget that Millah and his father abandoned him.
Belle, who helped him to forgive himself for putting magic before his son.
Belle, the woman he wanted to marry, the one he should have married a long time ago.
Belle, the woman he wanted to have children with, to have the opportunity to be the father he couldn’t be for Bae.
He would find a way to make Zelena pay for what she did to him. And when his task was completed, he would return to Belle and have the life that they were meant to have.
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