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Beauty and the Beast at ROOF on theWit

With Movies in the Park coming to an end and the weather changing, a Chicago fall bucket list event could include experiencing ROOF on theWit’s Movie Monday series. Films begin at dusk on the rooftop that kicked off Chicago’s rooftop craze, ROOF on theWit, 201 N. State St., and includes complimentary popcorn for attendees.

The remaining dates for this series include: Beauty and the Beast on December 4 and Elf on December 18.

I had the opportunity to screen Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” earlier this year, and I must say that the film is just fantastic. “Beauty and the Beast” is a story about a handsome young prince who rudely turned down the rose of a poor, old woman, and at that moment he is cursed and turned into a beast. He can only return back to the handsome buck that he used to be, if he is able to have someone fall in love with him before a glass-encased rose loses its last petal.

The movie is filled with magic, as is Disney’s trademark, and the 3D projection literally brought the action right in your face.

What may be the prince’s only chance at love arrives when he meets Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent woman and the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. Belle’s father Maurice, played by Kevin Kline, goes off to sell some of his beautiful handiwork, his horse gets spooked and he ends up in the palace. He meets the beast and is captured, as the beast believes that he was trying to steal from him.

As the timeless story goes, Belle goes looking for her father, and one thing leads to another. Belle has been spurning the advances of Gaston, who has hired LeFou as his valet. Belle readily changes places with her father, and her father goes back to the French village, telling everyone about the beast. No one wants to believe him, and Gaston, who is the most eligible bachelor on earth, attempts to have Belle’s father committed to the asylum. Gaston is always protected by LeFou, who makes sure that Gaston always knows how great and fantastic he is.

After a while in the palace, Belle, played by Emma Watson, abandons her fears and befriends the castle’s enchanted staff. She learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. Consequently, she finds herself falling in love with the beast, who is played by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stephens, and the beast is falling head over hoofs for her. He even lets Belle go back to the village to check on her father. All is well that ends well. There’s a big party at the end, and Gaston finally realizes that he will never have Belle, and the beauty and the beast dance the night away.

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