I Hated the New Beauty and the Beast Movie!

Ugh.

No seriously, ugh.

I had such high expectations for Disney’s new version of Beauty and the Beast and now, I don’t even know why. After all the weeks of hype surrounding it, I felt sure that this movie was going to be the movie of the year.

So, there I went, walking into the theatre still clutching my overpriced ticket and feeling like I’d just been handed a delicious gluten free sugar coated donut.

2 hours and 9 minutes later, I walked out again feeling empty and cheated. My donut had been nothing more than sugar coated sawdust.

False advertising, I tell you. Gets me every time.

 

Here’s the break down of the top four reasons I hated this movie:

 

  • Cringe worthy acting. And yes, I’m especially looking at you, Emma Watson.

Poor dear. Her performance seemed so forced, almost as if she was trying too hard. And maybe she was. When there are literally millions of fans depending upon you putting on an outstanding performance, it’s hard not to feel the pressure.

  • The ‘Be Our Guest’ scene.

…and then there was the dining room scene.

Oh, my eyes! I think I’ll just close them now so they don’t sustain permanent eye strain damage. So much color, so much movement, so much GOING ON.

It literally puts kaleidoscopes to shame.

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  • The Sound of Music vibes.

Minus the outstretched arms. At least Disney has tact.

During this whole scene where Belle is up on the hilltop singing, I couldn’t stop thinking about Julie Andrews. And all I heard was:

“I go to the hills when my heart is lonely…”

Looks like Belle took a page or two from your book, Maria.

 

  • Over dramatized and cold.

Lets face it, this movie was not heartwarming… at all. Unlike the classic animated Beauty and the Beast, this version felt over done, over dramatized and it was all just way too much. It left me feeling absolutely nothing. Emotionless.

New is not better.

 

Thanks to Cogsworth and Lumiere though, at least the movie wasn’t a total bore. They mercifully provided some comic relief. And for that, I am forever grateful.

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Sweet Simplicity

Sometimes I find myself wondering why life is so complicated. But then I stop myself and wonder instead why we make it so complicated. Life, in itself, is not complicated at all. It’s the things we fill it with, the things we spend our time doing or investing in and trying to get and achieve, that ultimately make it so complicated.

I want my life to be simple. Simple is not always easier to achieve but simple is sweeter in the long run. Life is more fulfilling when it’s not cluttered with agendas and junk, selfishness and pursuit of worldly gain. Because at the end of the day, when it’s all stripped away, what will you have? Who will you be?

Today, right now, I’m going to make it my goal to make my life simpler and better. One day at a time. Every day I’ll stop myself and ask, what can I do right now to make my life simpler, less cluttered and more fulfilling? Maybe it’s getting rid of something I no longer use or giving it away as a gift. Maybe it’s dealing with a toxic thought or finding the motivation to begin or finish a task that needs doing. Or maybe it’s choosing to meet someone else’s needs over my own. Choosing to forgive, to pray, to Love. There really are countless way’s to make your life sweeter and simpler!

Life is too short to be spent wondering why it’s so complicated… especially when there’s so many things we can do to keep is simple. I don’t think the Creator of this world ever intended it to be as complicated as we make it out to be. So lets keep it simple. Starting now. Today.