We saw Beauty and the Beast at the theater on Sunday. We all know the story. Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

This is a remake of the Disney animated film from the 90s. It’s been ages since I saw that one and Amber actually remembers it better than I do, from watching it when she was little. Honestly, this movie doesn’t add much to the story. It’s truly a live-action remake. but “Be Our Guest” made me smile and “Gaston” was good too. I thought Lumiere and his friends might be creepy, but it was done really well.

Emma Watson was perfect as Belle, especially since we know how much she values books in real life. Luke Evans was a great Gaston, who he portrayed as a really bad guy, narcissistic and frightening. Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen are perfect as Lumiere and Cogsworth, and their humor is a perfect foil for the Beast.

Definitely worth seeing. Yes, it’s a “tale as old as time” and this one doesn’t really add anything new, but I truly enjoyed it. It was just a gorgeous movie.

Thursday’s Tales is a weekly event here at Carol’s Notebook. Fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings, I love them all. Feel free to join in.