Beauty and the Beast

This post is not an analysis. It’s just a summary of what I thought about Beauty and the Beast play.

Assuming you are not familiar with Beauty and the Beast, it’s a tale about a narcissistic prince who denies a shaggy old lady into the palace.  As a punishment, he turns into his true form: a beast! To undo the spell he must learn to love and have love return to him. That’s the only way to be human again.  Sounds like a good moral tale and would make a cool video game. I like that sort of thing or perhaps, I am just old fashion. When I was a kid, I didn’t like the fairy-tale all that much.  My first exposure to the fairy-tale was the Walt Disney animated version.  Now as a grown up, I do appreciate the meaning behind it. I discovered the beast is not gender specific because beast is a metaphor for one of the ugliest traits found in human beings, and that is conceit.  This is something I wouldn’t have noticed as a kid. The moral of the tale is you shouldn’t deny someone based on their appearance.  Both the Prince and Belle had to learn that moral lesson together. The play also emphasizes on the importance having good manners, which unfortunately, most people lack nowadays. Overall, I enjoyed the play. Plus, they serve coffee and dessert. Great combo!  I was happy.

Even though I enjoyed the play, I prefer to read than watch a play (I like my eerie imagination more). Sometimes I just go to the theater for the experience and for the visual presentation. I like the stage props and special effects, but  the play didn’t leave me wanting more. But then again, I am not a frequent playgoer.  So I wouldn’t know how to rate the performance compared to other Beauty and the Beast plays. All I know, it’s an activity I probably wouldn’t go quite frequently.  I am not as nearly obsessed as the girl from Glass Mask.  I prefer reading alone in my place.

On the positive side, the play has made me rediscover picture books. I borrowed this book  from my co-worker.  I like picture books when I was a kid. I still do.  It’s a simple but effective way of telling story.

This version is different from the play as it highlighted that inner beauty is found within, and beautiful women do fall in love with “unattractive” men.  After all, attractiveness is really in the eye of the beholder.  I believe Leo Tolstoy mentions something similar to that in Anna Karenina.

I intend to watch the Belle et la Bete  (1946) directed  by Jean Cocteau.  Perhaps I would do a proper analysis if I find myself enjoying the film. When it comes to analyzing a story, I like to take my time. I couldn’t do that with the play.

P.S

Believe it or not I have not played games for over a week. Work is so unbelievably stressful that I just switched off my brain and do activities that don’t require thinking.