When you’re growing up as a boy, your love for animated films is just as strong as it is for girls, though the ones that draw you in more are likely to be a little more aimed at the boys. That’s why I loved and watched The Lion King and Aladdin, but was never drawn to watch Beauty And The Beast and The Little Mermaid.
As I’ve gotten older though, I don’t hold that distinction anymore, as I tend to watch almost anything that is at least palatable for a grown adult. Boy movie or girl movies have almost blurred into one, but maybe the super soppy romance films still put me off a little bit.
Because of this merging of ideals between boys and girls films, means there are films from my childhood that I’d like to get around to finally seeing, and Beauty And The Beast was one of those. So when I had the girl I’m currently seeing over, she just so happened to pick that one to watch, as it was amongst the rather large pile of unwatched films I’ve been amassing.
Though a close friend of mine so elegantly burned me on that choice the next day, when he said, “what an ironic film for you two to watch”, which I had to laugh at, as she is in fact rather beautiful, and I am a bit of a beast. But you know, in all the right ways.
Like with most musicals you kind of forget how odd it is when they suddenly burst out in song, but that quickly leaves you when you get caught up in what’s going on. Even though the story is so well known that it didn’t exactly hold any surprises for me, that didn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable, but maybe it’s my now advanced years, or the fact I’m still a boy, I couldn’t help but feel this doesn’t even come close to what seeing The Lion King or Aladdin did the first time round.
But, at the end of the day, I did enjoy it and it’s well worth keeping in the collection, and what was maybe more important was my date liked it, so can’t really complain about that. So I guess that means I need to watch The Little Mermaid at some point now?
8 out of 10 from me!!!