Belle seems to be accepting of everyone, not believing herself to be better than anyone else. Well except for Gaston, he's been to war for his country and apparently likes widows. He also has women and men chasing after him. I say men because of LaFou obsession with him, well I wouldn't say it an obsession more like a love that could possibly be more than friends but is never really displayed that way. There are a couple moments in the film that are questionable, nothing more than a couple lines for comedic effect. For example Gaston is talking to himself in a mirror and has a cheesy line like "I'm not finished with you!" as he walks away LaFou steps up and is like "And neither am I". LaFou really looks out for Gaston and tries to keep him focused. Gaston just really wants to marry Belle but he is rejected.
Meanwhile Belle's father Maurice is headed to the market. On the way he gets lost in the woods loses his buggy and ends up at the Bears castle. He goes in and warms himself by the fire and explores a bit. He finds out things aren't quite normal there so he decides to head back to town. Before he leaves he tries to clip a rose from the rose garden. The Beast however can see him and gets angry because he feels as though he is stealing the rose so the Beast places Maurice in a cell. His horse however escapes and makes its way back to Belle. So of course she jumps on the horse and goes to look for her father. She is led right to the castle and goes in. She is able to find her father, and trades herself for him.
At this point the story starts to get good. The Beast and Belle together in the castle. The supporting cast such as Mrs. Pots, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth along with a few others feel as though Belle is the one their Prince will fall for. So the story continues on putting them together. Belle tries to escape, the beast is attacked and she nursed him back to health. They walk the castle yards together, start eating together and spending a lot of time together. The Beast explains the curse and what had happened after a while of Belle being there. She feels for him and wants to help break the curse. Little did she know she was well on her way to doing that. The whole relationship was great. A selfish Prince meets an unselfish girl who lives only for her father and helping others. They fall in love over time. There's really two perfect moments in the movie that explain this well. One of those moments is when the Beast uses the book left by the enchantress. He tells Belle it will take her any place she wants to go. That place is her childhood home in Paris. She wants to know what happens to her mother. Which is explained to be the plague that killed her so Belle and her father were forced to leave. The Beast apologizes for calling her father a thief. The other moment that really stands out is the dance. They dance together in the ballroom of the castle just like in the animated film.
There are of course other moments, the Best giving Belle the library, them eating together things of that nature. The movie itself is really about love and acceptance. Belle had given up her freedom for fathers, but ends of falling for the Beast and changing him. Gaston of course wanting to marry Belle goes to the castle to kill the Beast, but Belle and the rest of the castle saves the Beast. Belle had left to rescue her father and had returned to save the Beast. This was the moment that everyone at the castle had been waiting for.
In the end Belle fell in love with the Beast and broke the curse. Everyone was human again. Belle and finally found where she was meant to be.
I give this movie a 10/10.
I am not one who likes a lot of musicals. I mean of course as a kid I watched the animated films, and I went into this one thinking I would waste 2 hours and just hate it. I couldn't have been more wrong. The movie had amazing scenes. The work with the Beast and the castle looked amazing. And I just felt like the actors and actresses really owned the roles. I would tell anyone and everyone that this movie is about acceptance and love to not listen to the media and go see it!