If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve seen one of the Disney versions of Beauty and the Beast. This is not one of those films. This movie is a French version of the classic Fairy Tale, told in French with English subtitles. The movie itself is gorgeous, and the story has you rooting for everyone, wondering how this could ever work out in the end.
If you love romances with a side of cursed beasties who might be good, or might not, this is for you. This re-telling goes in depth into Belle’s family life before she becomes trapped in the Beast’s castle, then takes you on an enchanted journey as she learns what happened to this beautiful place and the monster living within. Her family is in dire financial straits, and one of her brothers can’t help but make things worse. In an effort to save her father from death, Belle sacrifices herself to the beast, and from there she’s on her own in a frightening alternate world where magic exists all around her.
I will say the build of up the romance between Belle and the Beast is a little uneven, but the story and all the subplots and side characters are so interesting that this seems like a minor flaw. If you love a bit of fantasy in your romance movies, but not a flick that’s too overly sweet and saccharine, this is for you!