Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Ever since the first announcement of the film being made, I have been desperate to see the live action of Beauty and the Beast. Two long years later, the day arrived and I made sure my mother and I were to see it on the day of release. Having fallen so in love with the original Disney animation released in 1991, I had high expectations for the remake.

The film is suitable for all the family; from the tiny tots to the big kids at heart, Beauty and the Beast has the capability of winning the hearts of people of all age groups. The first thing I noticed with this film in comparison to the animation is that it’s far more detailed, which is probably why it’s of a greater length than I expected. It was refreshing to be able to learn more about each character in this one, with a bit more backstory to who they are.

Another difference is that the violence in this version is a bit more graphic but nothing that’s too disturbing. Sword fights are more visual and theres a few punches from the likes of Gaston, but nothing that’s in need of PG and very minimal gore.

It’s a step in the right direction to see a racially diverse cast in the film, especially compared to the 1991 version. Representation is hugely important and to see even some of the supporting cast of different races was a big step towards better equality.

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Disney Store releases exclusive limited edition Beauty and the Beast characters

Friday 17th March is not only the release date of the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, but Disney Store will also be releasing some exclusive limited edition Beauty and the Beast characters.

In celebration of the film’s release, Disney will be putting some very limited edition Disney characters on sale on that day on their website.

This Belle live action doll is a global edition of 5,500 with only 1,400 available within Europe. The doll wears Belle’s signature yellow golden ballgown from the ballroom scene and really resembles actress Emma Watson. It will retail at £100. Continue reading “Disney Store releases exclusive limited edition Beauty and the Beast characters”

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Be the Belle of the Ball! 5 yellow dresses that channel Beauty and the Beast

Everyone finds Belle’s dress from the ballroom scene so beautiful and dashing and it’s definitely one of my favourite Disney princess dresses. So, I’ve decided to channel the art of Disneybounding and found some gorgeous yellow dresses inspired by Belle that are fit for any princess to pull off this upcoming Summer season.

Yellow Cornelli Dress

This gorgeous cornelli dress is perfect to frolic in the summer sun. I love the pattern which sort of resembles damask and reminds me of the decor inside the Beast’s castle. This is a perfect seasonal pick for the sunshine and great to throw in a suitcase if you’re heading off to a sunny destination.

Available from River Island for £25.00

Yellow Frill Skater Dress

For my Curvy Queens out there, this is a gorgeous summery dress with some beautiful butterfly prints. You can dress this in so many different ways. Up or down, smart or casual, the choice is yours!

Available from Simply Be for £11.00

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Disney Nerd: 10 facts about the live adaption of Beauty and the Beast

We are just days away until the release of Beauty and the Beast in cinemas, so to get you in the mood for an enchanted tale coming to a screen near you soon, here are 10 facts about Beauty and the Beast’s live action remake.

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Ryan Gosling was originally offered the role of the Beast, but turned it down for a role in La La Land, instead. Emma Watson, on the other hand, was offered a role in La La Land, but decided to take on the role of Belle. Nice bit of film swapsies, there.

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Disney originally weren’t too sure about making the live adaption of the film as a musical. That’s when director, Bill Condon, stepped in and said “With all due respect, I think you’re crazy. The songs are too good. You’re going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action “Beauty and the Beast” and not do ‘Be Our Guest’?” And what a relief, how could you skip some of Disney’s most iconic songs in the remake?!

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Despite the film not being released until this week, filming was completed over 18 months prior on the 27th August 2015.

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Though he now plays the role in the live action, Sir Ian McKellen originally turned down the voice of Cogsworth in the original animation of Beauty and the Beast back in 1991.

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In preparation of the role of Belle, Emma Watson re-watched the original Disney release of Beauty and the Beast and began to take singing classes. Some real dedication right there.

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Disney Nerd: Walk in Belle’s footsteps and visit the locations which inspired Beauty and the Beast

Everyone is familiar with the scenery of the little town that Belle and her father, Maurice, hail from in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast but the inspiration had to come from somewhere. In this blog post, I’ll be giving you an insight of the different destinations that are said to have inspired the Beauty and the Beast Locations.

Alsace, France

Alsace is located is a region in France, the heart of Europe, with an abundance of architectural and cultural gems. It’s no surprise  that the film has links to this location with the similarities of the architecture and the lifestyle in general. Alsace stands apart from all other regions of France. The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg, is home to world renowned historical heritage sites, with the Grande Lle listed as UNESCO World Heritage. For information on visiting Alsace, visit the official website.

 

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Disney Nerd: 10 of the Most Magical Disney Quotes to Print and Keep

As regular readers of this blog will be well aware, I’m an avid Disney enthusiast. I love so much about it, one being the wonderful words of Disney quotes. There’s so many inspirational, witty, thought provoking, funny and just magical ones that exist. I’ve decided to design some free print outs for you some of the most magical Disney quotes to exist. Of course, there are absolutely loads out there, but I’ve picked some (along with some suggestions from friends) to share with you.

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January Monthly Favourites 2017

One month down of 2017, 11 more to go. Despite being ill for half of January (again), I did have a few favourites that I’ve decided to share with you from the month. So, without further ado…

MAC Whirl Lipstick

I bought this quite a few months ago and loved it then, but it somehow went missing and miraculously was discovered New Years Eve, where I decided to wear it and I fell in love all over again, so it’s been my go to lipstick of the month. This matte rosy brown shade is a nod to the 90s lip trend but with slight pink tones to prevent it from being a full on brown if you feel that may be a little too daring for your taste. It’s of quite a soft and smooth consistency and not too drying. It also holds up pretty well when eating and drinking (and I did drink on NYE, despite usually being a teetotal.) I actually bought this after seeing a Tanya Burr tutorial, but apparently this is a staple product for the one and only Kylie Jenner.

Available from MAC for £15.50 

Better Than Sex Mascara


I was given this for Christmas. I’d heard a lot about it from a Make Up Facebook group I’m involved in and then when I saw Rena Lovelis apply it in a little Snapchat tutorial, her eyelashes were killing it. It was the deciding factor of jumping on the bandwagon and I am so glad I did. This really amplifies my lashes and that’s a look I’m really quite fond of. It does take a little while to dry, but if you’re patient, then this is really ideal. Once set, there is no smudging or flaking and it’s also buildable in volume and length. It’s pretty water resistant and does a fab job in curling lashes. Definitely a winner right here. Is it better than sex? Well, I’ll leave that to your own decision…

Available from Selfridges for £19.00

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Disney Nerd: Here’s what films you can expect to release in 2017

If there’s one thing any true Disnerd has to get excited over at the beginning of a new year, it’s all the upcoming Disney films on the horizon There’s been a lot in the works and here’s what you can expect throughout 2017…

Beauty and The Beast

The live action remake of one of the Disney classics has been highly anticipated since the debut announcement, even more so when ‘Harry Potter’ star, Emma Watson, was announced to take on the role of bookwork beauty Belle. The film is set to release 17th March 2017, so not too long to go.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

The fifth in the PotC series will see the return of Captain Jack Sparrow as he comes face to face with deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, Captain Salazar, as they escape from the Devil’s Triangle. The film is set to be released in the US on the 26th May with international releases soon to follow.

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Blogmas Day 12: Films on TV Christmas 2016

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Can you believe it’s the last day of Blogmas?! I’ve had such an amazing time working on these blog posts and sharing them with you. I definitely think I’ll be doing the full 24 days next year.

Following from yesterday’s post, because there’s so much on over Christmas, I decided to dedicate a separate post to what films are on. So for the final post, here’s what movies you need to know about being on this Christmas.

Christmas Eve

A Christmas Carol

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Jim Carrey’s animated take on the Charles Dickens’ classic magically transports you back to the 19th Century to tell the tale of miserable old Ebenezer Scrooge and his pure hatred for the festive period. While a story many of us have come to know, it’s one you can never grow tired of, especially with the fantastic animation of this movie version.

Airs 11:30AM on BBC One 

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

This fantasy sequel of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ sees the Pevensie children summoned to return to Narnia to help Prince Caspian fight the dark forces of the despotic Lord Miraz.

Airs 2:15PM on BBC One

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

My favourite Disney film! The Disney 1996 animation is what made the breed so popular and well loved (and is the reason behind my huge love for them… and owner of four in my 21 years.) Join Pongo and Perdita in an extraordinary journey to find their beloved puppies after the evil Cruella De Vil captures them for her no good selfish plans involving fur fashion.

Airs 4:20PM on ITV

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November Monthly Favourites 2016

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Hard to believe this is my last monthly favourites of 2016! Next month, I’ll be doing the big annual favourites from the past 12 months. Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?

24 Hrs (Deluxe Edition) – Olly Murs

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Back with album number five, Olly Murs brings a whole set of songs and this time he’s getting personal, with tales to tell of his recent relationship coming to an end. The album sees Murs at his most vulnerable, really putting his feelings out on the line in the form of art. It’s no ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ and definitely no ‘Troublemaker’, but Olly never likes to make two songs sound too similar. My favourite tracks are definitely ‘Flaws’, ‘You Don’t Know Love’, ‘Years and Years’ and ‘Private’, though I do adore every track. I applaud him for being so open without stabbing a knife in the back or heart of his ex.

Glory Days (Deluxe Edition) – Little Mix

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After their lead single from album four, Shout Out To My Ex, took the world by a storm, is it any surprise that Little Mix’s latest release could be considered a work of art? Little Mix change their sound with every album – no two sound the same. Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade have evolved yet again and love is very much the theme of this record. Heartbreak, romance and a sprinkle of sassy attitude, the girls have grown up and so has their music. It’s a big leap from ‘DNA’ and a whole new era from ‘Get Weird’, not to mention a different sound from ‘Salute’ – I think a lot of people would take a strong liking to this new record. My favourite songs include ‘Power’, ‘Beep Beep’, ‘Down & Dirty’ and of course ‘Shoutout To My Ex’. If you’re looking for fun, a good time and relatable lyrics, then this is the album for you.

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