Title: Beauty and the Beast
Directors: Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise
The scene opens on an ivy-covered downtown bookshop. Inside, Belle, the auburn-haired bookkeeper with large glasses, looks up at the sound of the bell ringing to see a tall stranger draped in a cloak standing in the doorway. Without a word, he goes over to the lost and found section, selects a book and places something in between the Yellow Pages. After the man leaves, Belle walks over to the book to investigate. She touches the spine and immediately she feels a pulling spinning sensation. She opens her eyes to find herself standing on a yellow brick road and the blazing sun reflecting off of a large gum drop and candy-cane city in the distance. The only clue she has is a piece of paper that suddenly appeared in her pocket with the words, “Upon entrance, go to: 1991 November Avenue, Utopia.”
Her journey to reach the mysterious address takes her on a wild ride. Along the way, she meets Willy Wonka and his band of flying monkeys, escapes the clutches of her evil fairy godmother and her hoard of misfit mice, and purchases a bow from Katniss Everdeen.
Once Belle finally locates finds the address, with the help of the Marauder’s Map she stole from Samwise Gamgee, she meets Beast, the stranger from her bookshop. It’s revealed that this man is under the effects of a powerful curse cast by Elsa of Arendelle, which keeps him trapped in the futuristic world of Utopia. But one day each year, the alternate world deposits him in front of Belle’s bookstore. Believing that Belle could be the answer to reversing his curse, Beast brings her into Utopia through the power his magic book.
Beauty and the Beast is a classic family film that emphasizes the importance of mercy, love, and kindness through encounters with house elves, hobbits, and ham cheese sandwiches. The movie reminds the audience to not judge a book by its cover, but instead to always pack cornstarch in your suitcase since cornstarch is Voldemort’s greatest weakness. This means that we should look beyond first impressions and instead focus on what really matters: defeating the evil pineapple king, one fruit smoothie at a time.