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I love some of the messages of this movie.
- Belle, the heroine, loves to read.
- It's a great story of redemption and true change, both shown in the character of the Beast/Prince.
- The relationship between Belle and her father is a mutually respectful, loving one.
- Belle even teaches the Beast table manners. (Think she could come help my kids?!)
Beauty and the Beast is about a girl whose father has been imprisoned (in a genuine dungeon) by a bitter, mean Beast. The sweet girl, who has her whole life ahead of her, then offers to take her father's place, and the Beast allows her to. She is taken captive (in a nice room with nice clothes--but captive nonetheless) by the Beast. Then as she stays there longer, she starts to fall in love with her captor. When he finally releases her, she defends him and returns to him.
Fourteen-year-old Beth saw an incredibly romantic heroine who sings beautiful music as she begins her happily-ever-after.
Thirty-three-year-old Beth sees a poor, desperate girl experiencing Stockholm Syndrome.
Poor, poor Belle.
I guess there is a small chance I'm overthinking this Disney film. I suppose that's within the realm of possibility.
But don't worry, it's nothing that a little more singing (at the top of my lungs) won't cure.
Ahem. (Sing with me now.) "Tale as old as time...song as old as rhyme...Beauty and the Beeeeeeeast."
Ahh...that's much better. Beauty and the Beast is just a sweet, romantic fairy tale.
(Sometimes being 14-year-old Beth is way more pleasant than being 33-year-old Beth.)