Analysis of Original Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

Just two days ago, I finally owned the Original Broadway Soundtrack. I want to get the soundtrack since I saw the 2017 live action movie. I went with the Original Broadway Soundtrack because I wanted to be able to have songs such as “Home” and “If I Can’t Love Her” in my collection.

For me, this soundtrack is funny, fun, romantic, and heartfelt. This is a kind of musical score I tend to look for. When I think of the romantic songs, my mind automatically thinks of “Beauty and the Beast”, but the same is true for “Something There”. Those two songs truly are the moments where Beast and Belle start to fall in love with each other. Then you have the heartbreaking “If I Can’t Love Her” and the heartbreak or sad songs are another type of song I tend to look for in a musical. It has the really fun “Be Our Guest”, which in my opinion is the most fun song on the soundtrack. As for funny moments, I want to say that some of Gaston’s songs are funny.

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These songs are heartfelt and are true to the actual story and characters. They are heartfelt because I feel moved when I listen to them especially in the love songs. It is a beautiful story because it shows you that beauty does not just come from the outside, but on the inside. Belle and Beast are kind of different and probably is part of why they fall in love with each other. Belle in her hometown is considered odd because she reads a lot. Beast feels sort of different because of his outward appearance, but through the help of Belle realizes there is more to him than he thinks.

Why do you love the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack? What do you tend to look for in a musical soundtrack?

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Review of Frozen

When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip.
 Ever since I saw Frozen in 2013, I always loved it. To me, I love how the true love is between the two sisters and not a girl and a guy and I think that is one of the reasons why it has been successful. The fact that one of the characters (Elsa) has ice and snow powers does bring out Disney magic. My favorite songs from Frozen are “Let it Go”, which reminds me of “Defying Gravity”, and “For the First Time in Forever”. I am not sick and tired of “Let it Go” and is a perfect scene to watch because this the first time that Elsa truly gets to be who she is.
I don’t find Olaf to be annoying. I find him to be a lovable snowman. Kristoff helps Anna in her adventures because he knows the mountains so well. He was raised by Trolls and you first met him as a child and he has a close bond to Sven and towards the end, Sven does realize that Kristoff loves Anna and makes him realize that.
Of all the main characters, I dislike Hans the most because you always think he is the good guy, but at the end you realize he is really a bad guy. Boy, you thought he was so nice and actually loved Anna, but he most certainly did not and all he wanted was to take Ardenlle’s throne.
Elsa and Anna eventually have a close bond even though at first there is bunch of not getting long. Elsa is just trying to keep her sister safe, but Anna really wants to have a relationship with her sister. In so many ways, their relationship is a typical sibling relationship. I have a sister and just like Anna and Elsa, we don’t always get along, but at times we do. At the end, the two sisters realize that love is the answer to how Elsa can control her powers.
I don’t consider Frozen to be overhyped. If you think about it, you have to consider the children who fell in love with it. That is where a lot of the love comes from. I am 23 and I love Frozen. I think the landscapes are beautifully well-done. and I think it is a beautiful story.

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What are your feelings of Frozen? What are your feelings of the “new” Disney”?

Magic of Disney Couples

There is a wonderful magic in Disney musicals. For the past couple of musical posts, a lot of my ideas seem to come from romance. One of my favorite parts of romance come from Disney couples. Whether that is coming from Nala and Simba, Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, Belle and Beast, and Katherine and Jack, there is something wonderful about Disney couples.

The songs of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “A Whole New World”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Something to Believe In” has a special kind of magic in them. It is a bit hard to describe the magic, but I think it has something to do with the youthfulness of the couples and the nature of the songs. The couples from Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast were couples that I grew up with and the couple from Newsies only came from last August.

But still, when you add romance to a Disney musical, a wonderful nature of magic exists. There is something just special about those songs. They are so heartfelt and filled with innocence and joy. The magic in Disney romance is exactly why I love those couples I believe and I also love them due to my emotional connection to the songs and the characters.

What do you think about the Disney couples? What is your favorite Disney couple?

Beauty and the Beast Review

Yesterday, I watched the live action Beauty and the Beast movie. It was fantastic and made me feel like a kid again. It is a musical that I have loved since I was a kid and it is still quite magical.

Everything about this movie was incredible. Emma Watson was a wonderful choice for Belle. I loved how Belle’s story was expanded and how you got to learn what happened to her mother. I love how heroic Belle is when she took her father’s place at the Beast’s castle. She is quite a caring person as well and eventually saw there was more to the Beast than his temper. She is so book-smart and eventually learned to care for and love the Beast. In this movie, Belle was an inventor while her father was an artist.

Even the actor playing the Beast was incredible and you actually got to learn why the Beast was so arrogant and selfish because you learned more about his background. The actors playing Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip were an incredible part of this movie. They are the main enchanted objects you really got to meet in the castle outside of the Beast.

Boy, Gaston was quite believable. You can really tell just how bad Gaston is.  You can tell when Gaston is spreading lies about Maurice and the Beast. He was actually funny at times and so was his sidekick, LeFou. Josh Gad as LeFou was an incredible companion to Gaston. You can tell that LeFou is almost as bad as Gaston. He always stuck around with Gaston and  always spent time with him.

The animation found in this movie was incredibly wonderful. They did a good job on the different enchanted objects found in the castle. The animation found in “Be Our Guest” was so fun to watch and gave me a lot of excitement. They created really scary wolves and whenever their was wolf attack, I was quite frightened. But I was more fond of the animation found in the enchanted objects.

This movie even did a wonderful job on the costumes. The Beast’s outfit and Belle’s yellow gown were two of the best costumes found in the film. I even loved Belle’s outfit that she wore throughout “Belle” and her outfit in “Something There” . Gaston’s red jacket in “Gaston” was also incredible.

The songs are always something I look forward to in a musical. While it had the usual “Beauty and the Beast”, “Gaston”, “Be Our Guest”, “Something There” and “Belle”, it still had some new editions. I loved Beast’s new song, “Evermore” and I found nothing wrong with it. I loved the singing involved. “Beauty and the Beast” is actually my favorite song from the movie. But “Be Our Guest” was the most funs scene.

Now that I saw the movie, I hope to see the stage musical again.

Favorite Books of Mine

As everyone knows by now that I love musicals. Musicals is a type of storytelling so I thought it would fun to write a list of some of my favorite books. I even love to read and here is my list of favorite books. I will put series together.

  1. Les Misérables- my favorite book, but wow what a brick
  2. Don Quixote- story of the tragicomic knight errant
  3. Tale of Two Cities
  4. Great Expectations
  5. Lord of the Rings Series
  6. The Hobbit
  7. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  8. Harry Potter Series
  9. Chronicles of Narnia Series
  10. Land of Stories Series
  11. Uprooted
  12. Hound of the Baskervilles
  13. The Last Unicorn
  14. Percy Jackson Series
  15. Wizard of OZ
  16. And Then There Was None
  17. Other Agatha Christie Mysteries
  18. Sister’s Grimm Series

My taste in book are classics, mythology, fantasy, magic, and adventure. What exactly makes a good book? A good book is always home to a incredible plot along with incredible characters as well. As for the classics, I love reading them due to the challenge that they bring and as for now, reading them in between semester and reading them in a limited amount of time gives me the motivation to actually finish them

Books to read in the future: thought it will be a nice addition to this post

  1. Oliver Twist
  2. Hunchback of Notre Dame
  3. Nicholas Nickelby

Uniqueness of Musicals

Musicals are quite a special type of entertainment. It is hard to believe just how massive of what musicals are capable of. It is completely hard to describe the wide range of things a musical can do. In a nutshell, musicals are a world of spectacle, dance, and song. Each musical tells a separate story with a different set of characters. The characters are wide-ranging who can be tragic, romantic, tragicomic, tragi-romantic, etc. The characters live different lives with different personality traits who go through different emotions.

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Some moments of spectacle include dance, wild costumes, puppets, and circus. Starting in elementary school, I fell in love with the spectacle of musicals. The spectacle adds just so much to a musical. It can make you see magic on stage and can make you believe you are in places like an enchanted castle, the land of OZ, or the wilds of Africa.

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The dance in my opinion is a type of spectacle. The dance ranges so much as well. It conveys excitement very well and just adds so much joy to an experience. The dance in Wicked feels very OZian and the dancing in Newsies is quite very different. Just like spectacle, dance adds something to an experience. Just like the spectacle of musicals, I have loved the dance since elementary school.

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Now on to the songs, the most important part of a musical. The songs are where the emotions are conveyed. The main emotions that are a part of a musical exist within the songs. The main emotions of excitement, joy, love, sad, and heartbreak are highly important. Not all musicals have all five emotions because some don’t have the negative emotions and some have sad, but not in the form of heartbreak. The emotions are crazily difficult to describe. The emotional range begins with simple musicals and begins with the happiest of musicals. For me, I started to understand the emotional nature in 2006 in middle school when I saw Wicked on Broadway.

It basically begins with a musical like Singing in the Rain and eventually builds up to Les Mis. The thing with Les Mis is that it has an emotional impact that is a rare gem in itself. Unlike Singing in the Rain, Les Mis gives me a huger emotional impact and puts up with even more emotions. Les Mis has all five main emotions especially considering the fact that Les Mis is quite a heartbreaking musical, but manages to inspire and uplift you. The rest of the emotional impact exists in between Les Mis and Singing in the Rain. I will never be able to describe the emotional impact.

Musicals may have changed a lot over the years, but yet still give me the same joy that they have always given me.

What do you think makes musicals so unique?

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“Don’t Stop Believing” Analysis

The song, “Don’t Stop Believing”, is one of my favorite songs. Back in high school, this was basically my theme song. I used the word, believe, to help get through finals. This song in my opinion is about that you should never stop believing in yourself. You become successful if you truly believe in yourself, which means staying true to yourself. The word believe is quite meaningful to me because to me it helps me get through school and is a magical word. Now as a college student, not only do I have a positive attitude, I also trust in the Lord and I believe that I will be successful. Trusting in the Lord can be key to having a successful life. I feel like I am going on a path to success instead of a path to failure.

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