Beauty and the Beast review

New Beauty and the Beast exclusive screening held to raise funds and awareness for Ovarian Cancer Australia


Five years ago, an organisation was formed with the primary purpose to raise money for charities close to the hearts of its committee. A group of friends who want to support the Tasmanian community, High Tea for Hope, have already held three events this year, and are also selling the 2017 entertainment book. This year, and for the next few years, their events will raise money for Ovarian Cancer Australia. They will also be aiming to increase awareness, and their goal is to raise $10,000 before the end of the year.


In 2017, ovarian cancer is estimated to be the eighth most commonly diagnosed cancer in females in Australia (according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). It is estimated that 1,580 new cases of new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed this year, and that 2.5% of all new cancer diagnoses in females will be of ovarian cancer. There is no prevention, and the chance of surviving 5 years with the disease is 44.4%. Timely diagnosis is crucial to this survival rate. Being aware of ovarian cancer and knowing the symptoms could improve the time it takes to diagnose a case, reduce the number of GP visits, and minimise hospital emergency presentations.


On the 16th March, an exclusive screening of the new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie was shown in cinema 2 of the Hobart Village Cinemas. This is the biggest of the rooms, seating 218, and the event sold out with just under a week to go. For $32.50, including the booking fee, you got entry to the movie, a small popcorn, a choctop, a 600ml drink of your choice (including water), and a lucky door prize entry ticket. Raffle tickets were sold at the door. The prizes were all donated and included accommodation for 2 nights, a beauty spa treatment, jewellery, coffee vouchers, swim centre vouchers, pizza vouchers, and fancy chocolates, demonstrating the generosity of the Tasmanian community, and allowing more of the money raised to be donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia.


It was a fun girls day out (even if I was alone) with patrons of all ages filling the cinema. Multi-generational family groups, friends, school groups, work colleagues, and singles. There were some people of the male variety there too. But I believe this was more to do with the event than the movie shown itself. It was well planned and executed, but, as with any major event, there were some kinks that can learned from and ironed out in the future, but nothing too big or bad.


The Beauty and the Beast exclusive screening took 6 months of hard work to organise, was a complete sell out, raising $2523. The fact that the team really love what they do is part of what makes their events so successful.


If you have any suggestions for any fundraising movies or events in the future, they would love you to send an email through to


A kids film, a musical, a princess movie, an adaptation, full of gender stereotypes, controversial, a movie that will definitely not appeal to men. There were so many presumptions about this movie and stories circulating even before it came out, and now they probably continue to be believed by those who have not actually seen it.


Critics have not always been kind, and I personally do not understand why. It is basically a remake of one of the greatest animated movies of all time, but with some slight alterations. Fans who are familiar with the story will be able to pick up on these differences right away, and if they’re like me, be waiting for an event to happen just like in the original, but it doesn’t, because they’ve changed it, and it’s sort of anti-climactic. It doesn’t always work, but it also doesn’t ruin the movie or overall storyline.


So, who will like it and who should see it? Anyone who wants to see what it’s like compared to the original 1991 version, Disney fans, people wanting to be taken back to their childhood, anyone looking for a good date movie, and people looking for something to take the kids to.


The music and the sets are beautiful and really add to the magic. Belle was always one of my more favourite Disney princesses, and in this she is a stronger, more modern woman, capable of being a great role model for the younger generation. She has more depth, appears to be more educated, stands up for herself more than she ever did in the original, and is more guarded and thoughtful. It is a good change, one that may have only been able to have occurred because of the changing times, and one that I do not think just any actress would have been able to pull off as well as Watson does. One important addition to this adaptation is the backstory for Belle, which adds a whole layer to the story, helps position the movie in place and time, and answers so many questions the audience may have, that went unanswered after viewing the original. I love fight scenes, and the one at the end of this movie rivaled that of the final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part 2 one or dream sequence one in Breaking Dawn part 2 (from the Twilight series) in terms of my enjoyment level. However, there are plenty others that I’ve enjoyed even more as well, especially if they have lots of blood and gore, and “ouch” moments, because this one did not.


Before the movie made its debut in cinemas, it became shrouded in controversy for one, in my opinion, very stupid reason. Ohhh, there’s a gay character. Get over it. We live in the 21st century people. I’m looking at you, US of A. Have an open mind. And be tolerant. Besides, at no time during the entire 139-minute movie is it explicitly stated that LeFou is gay. Sure, it’s implied. Sometimes, heavily so. I don’t care what director Bill Condon said, it was nothing more than that.


drive-in theatre in Alabama flat out refuses to show the film, the Russian government considered doing the same, and the film censorship board in Malaysia asked Disney to cut the film’s gay scene (they considered there to be only one?, clearly the references throughout the movie were fine to them). These actions have prompted others around the world, especially the USA, and most of them Christians, to boycott the movie.


With all the other problematic subject matter, I can’t believe it was this that had people up in arms and talking. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but Beauty and the Beast is a story which includes other controversial ideas such as Stockholm syndrome, and features an abusive misogynist. It also contains topics that are sometimes tabooed, or at least frowned upon or approached with caution, like hybridisation, interspecies relations, dark magic and curses, revenge, anger issues, and even eating disorders, because you can’t tell me that eating five dozen eggs a day is normal.

There is a lot of talent in the cast of this movie: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw all make the perfect choices for the characters they were selected to play.


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