Last weekend, I took my daughter and niece to see a special screening of Beauty and the Beast in 3D at our local AMC theater. I don't know who was more excited, me or the kids!
It's no secret that I am a huge Disney fan...but unless you've seen my china cabinet, you probably don't know that Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies!
We arrived bright and early to make sure that we didn't miss any of the fun - which included a Tangled Ever After short that left us all laughing so hard that our stomachs hurt! You can see a clip of that short here.
I've never seen a Disney movie in 3D, and seeing as how Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites, I've seen it in regular format over a dozen times. I was nervous that the 3D would be overwhelming, as I can sometimes develop headaches from 3D glasses - that was not an issue this time!
The 3D special effects were done so well that they simply highlighted the beautiful scenery in the movie and gave the characters a little extra oomph. In the opening scene, there were beautiful flowers and trees around the village and climbing ivy on the Beast's castle - with the 3D effects, they were so bright and so vivid, it simply took my breath away. I even heard my daughter telling my niece, "that is so pretty!"
We all know the story of Beauty and the Beast; Belle is a peculiar gal living in a small provincial village in France, and the Beast is hidden away in a cursed/enchanted castle in the forest...after Belle's father ends up in the Beast's castle as a prisoner, she makes the ultimate sacrifice and asks to be taken prisoner in his place. One things leads to another and Belle begins to fall in love with the Beast - and that is the part that makes Beauty and the Beast one of my favorite movies.
Despite his hideous appearance, Belle discovers that the Beast isn't quite so horrible after all. I adore Disney for creating a movie that shows children (as well as adults, because let's face it, all of those children who adore Disney feel that way because we as parents love Disney and introduce our children to Disney!) that beauty is really only skin deep.
And true love? Well, it conquers all.
Beauty and the Beast in 3D will hit theaters on January 13, and is only going to play for a limited time. Aside from the beautiful 3D effects, I have to say that it was also quite a treat to see Belle and the Beast on the big screen again - and it was my daughter's first time ever seeing it on the big screen, so it was extra special.
Check out Beauty and the Beast in 3D on Facebook for more fun info and clips!
I received complimentary admission to Beauty and the Beast in 3D to facilitate this review. Beauty and the Beast 3D poster and images used courtesy of Disney. All opinions are my own!