Beauty and the Beast: A beautiful musical in and out

I am glad to have finally seen this movie after it has been watched by many. It is indeed worth the popular hype for several reasons, one of which is the fact that it is entertaining and not dragging.  It equally provides emotional feels that add more to the entertainment and the catchy songs that encourage the audience to sing along. Additionally, the film never fails to disappoint the audience and is therefore loyal to the 1991 animated version. The actors and actresses chosen for their respective roles fit their own characters and the story still remains similar to the older film despite the differences. Although Emma Watson was not personally my initial actress for Belle, I ended up learning that she can fit her character well.

“La Belle et la Bete nous apprend qu’il ne faut pas juger sur les apparences des personnes car on ne connait pas l’histoire de chacun.” – me.

In other words, Beauty and the Beast instructs us, as audience, not to judge people based on appearances as we do not know the story of each of them. I appreciate how the film emphasizes the importance of seeing through a person before coming up with judgments and that personal judgments can hurt or kill a judged person’s dignity similar to how Gaston plotted to kill Beast thinking that he is cruel. I equally admire how the film underlines that love, understanding and a simple random act of kindness can change a person’s life for the better similar to how Belle’s compassion for Beast changed him into a gentle creature. Other values shown in the movie are family love and the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions. If Beast was not a cruel prince, he would never have turned into a Beast. Gladly enough, Belle’s love changed it.

Last but not the least, I personally find the prince attractive. One last reason for loving this musical flick!

Country USA

Release Date March 17, 2017 (USA)

Based On Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont (original revised story) and Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s (original tale) Beauty and the Beast. Also Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same title.

Directed By Bill Condon

Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson

Genre Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Length 129 min long

Plot

A young woman takes her father’s place as Beast’s captive after her father steals a rose from the castle. She then experiences the luxurious way of living in the enchanted castle and eventually falls for the Beast as she gets to know him further.

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars (9/10)

Sources

Beauty and The Beast (2017), IMDb

Beauty and The Beast (2017), Wikipedia

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Explore the wonders of the land of the rising sun named Japan

I am finally glad to have visited the country I have long yearned to visit. It took me by chance to tour in Japan as my main purpose was to solely receive my certificate in SENIA (c.f. SENIA Advocacy Awards 2017: “One day I want to honestly say I made it.”) and I appreciated every attraction there was to see in this wonderful paradise. I equally felt accomplished that I finally went to Akihabara and Harujuku – the dream places of every anime, manga, cosplay and Japanese fashion fanatic. I was satisfied to have gone to areas I have always wanted to go to, to have discovered places I never thought I would appreciate, to have bought items I have always wanted to buy and last but not the least, to have spent time with friends who were also in Japan with the same purpose as mine (which was to attend SENIA conference in Yokohama along with the other members of the network).

Below is the itinerary of my five day travel in Japan. Time is never wasted no matter how long I have stayed in each of them.

DAY ONE: ARRIVAL IN TOKYO, SHIBUYA TOUR AND KIMONO TRY-OUT

Arrival at Narita Airport
First authentic Japanese meal with green tea
Shibuya crossing – where lines and people intersect without bumping each other
Hachiko statue near Shibuya station. The dog that teaches the value of loyalty and faithfulness
Set of kimonos found in Kimono Kawaii Company, a kimono rental shop in Shibuya.
Kimono photoshoot (studio)
Kimono photoshoot (outside)
Spicy Black Sesame Ramen for Dinner
Shibuya at night

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SENIA Advocacy Awards 2017: “One day I want to honestly say I made it.”

I would like to thank the SENIA committee for making this event possible. It was truly an honor to be recognized as one of the nominees and to receive a certificate on hand in front of special education professionals, advocates and interventionists. I would like to thank my childhood teachers turned lifetime mentors for helping me who I am now, as well as my family and friends for their overwhelming love, care, patience, understanding and support. I would equally like to thank God for making me whom I am called to be. There is indeed a purpose why I was brought to be differently-abled (being diagnosed with ASD or rather HFA as a child and formerly having problems with reading comprehension, writing, social and life skills), for this has allowed me to be a healing hand to individuals sharing the same struggles. My personal challenges have turned me into a stronger person that I hardly expect to become, and as much I can stand up for my own capabilities despite my learning and social needs, I am also able to provide the same amount of love, understanding and support that I received from my mentors and loved ones to individuals with exceptional needs.

I may not have reached my final destination yet, but I still have hopes in reaching the stars by improving my existing talents, learning new things, boosting my self-worth and sense of accomplishment, doing what I love and continuously being a friend and a mentor. “Life’s as good as you make it and today we make it good.

Receiving my certificate as a SENIA Advocate nominee on February 11, 2016 in Yokohama International School, Japan
With fellow nominee, honorary award recipients and winner

For more information about SENIA, please visit their official website as well as its Manila chapter’s (SENIA Manila). Originally founded by a group of international school teachers in China in 2002, SENIA (Special Education Network In Asia) is a group of professionals and interventionists that aims to raise awareness, support and advocate for individuals with special education needs. The network has expanded across all Asia.

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