Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Dusty Pages Review: As Old as Time
Can the enchanted rose reveal hidden truths? Could it be that Belle's mother was the one who cursed the Beast all those years? When Belle touches the enchanted rose hidden away in the Beast's castle, memories flood through her mind - memories of a mother she thought she would never see again. And, stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will unravel a dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.
Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite story, even long before Disney got a hold of it and longer before Ms Braswell did. Her twist on my favourite tale however, is a slightly darker edgier story that I enjoyed thoroughly.
Split into parts, the first two dance between glimpses of the past featuring Belle's mother, the enchantress Rosaline and her father Maurice, as the true history of the beasts kingdom is revealed. A cruel King and Queen that let the magical folk in their land be persecuted right under there noses.
In the present the story follows the same story as the animated movie up to the point in the west wing where Belle actually touches the rose and brings about the full weight of the curse upon the castle and its inhabitants. The love still blossoms though as Belle and the Beast try to uncover the mystery of what happened all those years ago in a bid to find her mother and undo the curse before its too late.
Its an action packed adventure, where the true monsters are revealed and a spoiled prince grows up to show great love and sacrifice. I give it