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Beauty and the Beast

Hi, everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing, enjoyable spring break…and that it gave you the necessary breather to finish the rest of this semester strongly!  Let me know in the comments what you did — whether it was a laid-back week at home or exciting vacation to some far-off location!

For me, spring break started with coming home to find my mom sick with the flu, which was really unfortunate.  On the bright side, since I was on spring break, it meant she could rest (and she needed to!), and I could take care of the cooking/cleaning up for my dad and me.  I did enjoy making a few new recipes that he apparently really loved…like an avocado-tomato-goat cheese sandwich on cheddar-garlic bread from Great Harvest Bread Company, a healthier version of an Alfredo-turkey pizza, and cinnamon/oatmeal/whole wheat/flax seed bread.

I also did some horsesitting for one of my clients early on during break, which I always enjoy.  This client has a Miniature horse (and a Quarter horse), and he’s one of the most adorable little guys you’ll ever meet.  He has one blue eye and one brown eye, loads of fluffy hair that falls in his eyes, and gorgeous pinto coloring (light brown/tan and white).  I love everything about him…well, I pretty much love every horse I meet, but that particularly goes for Minis.  They’re just so lovable and cute!

Most of the rest of my break was spent on homework, as I wrote in my previous post.  On the bright side, I worked extremely hard to get myself caught up or even ahead in reading, projects, papers, and more, so I was quite productive.  I’m not necessarily saying it will lighten up my still-crazy schedule, but it will definitely help…especially in the last few weeks of the semester, when a ton of stuff is due!  I also got a chance to get some nice runs (on trails and roads) and mountain bike rides in, and the weather was gorgeous for it.

Finally, by this past weekend, I felt comfortable enough to sneak away with my mom to enjoy lunch at St. Louis Bread Company and see Beauty and the Beast.  I’ve seen the play twice before, at a local high school and the Fox Theater, and I’ve definitely fallen in love with the music.  My favorite songs are probably Beauty and the BeastBe Our Guest, and If I Can’t Love Her (which was the only thing I didn’t like about the movie…it didn’t have that song!).  I thought the film was excellently done on many accounts — acting, dancing, special effects, orchestrations and singing — and I’d highly recommend you go see it.  In fact, I liked it so much I went to see it a second time just two days later with my friend.  And just for kicks, I did read the children’s storybook to my mom after the film…proof that you never really get rid of your childhood. 🙂

Blessings,

~Anna

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Carly

Tale as Old as Time

by Carly on March 20, 2017

in In Saint Louis

As a huge Disney freak, words cannot describe how excited I’ve been in anticipation of the live-action Beauty and the Beast being released. And it’s finally here! I remember hearing about this movie in the works of couple years ago. Especially in the last few months, it has been everywhere in the news. From interviews with the stars, to various trailers, and to music videos being released, I feel like I was reading something new about it every day practically.

Because I am such a huge Disney fan, and because this was my favorite cartoon movie growing up, I am going to send this week’s blog talking about this blockbuster movie. But don’t worry; I won’t give any spoilers away. Although, it’s probably safe to say you already know the story. 😉

Overall, I thought this movie was beautifully made. I like that it truly stuck to the original cartoon version. With the exception of a couple minor plot twists, the look of the characters, the songs, and progression of the story was very similar to the one we grew up with. Any expectations I had were exceeded. In addition, the imagery in this film was absolutely breathtaking. Everything from the view of the castle, to the ornate costumes, and visuals of the snowy woods, it was all a wonderful sight to see. And then there’s one of the most iconic scenes of all time: when Belle and the Beast have their first dance in the ballroom, with her yellow gown and his blue suit. As Mrs. Potts sang “Beauty and the Beast” and this scene was playing before me, I can guarantee you I was giddier than the numerous children sitting in the row next to me. Beautiful!

And speaking of children, the kids in this theater were troopers! I completely understand that you want to take kids to see this movie; I mean, come on, it’s Princess Belle! However, there were quite a few scary elements throughout the film. I never realized how many scary and life-threatening scenes there were until I saw it in live-action. For one, of course the beast is a bit frightening at first, before you see his soft side. Also, there are a couple occasions where characters are fighting off deadly wolves. Plus, Gaston isn’t referred to as a “bad guy” for no reason (although I must say, the actor that plays him is quite a charmer; but shame on you, Gaston!). But there are still many magical moments that kids and adults alike can enjoy. Who could not love little Chip?!

So, there’s my brief two cents on the film. I have just been so excited to see it; I could not wait another day. You don’t have to rush out the first weekend like me, but I hope you get a chance to go soon! I love a good-hearted story that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Trust me, you will not be disappointed by this tale as old as time.

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