If you’ve been following this blog or my Instagram for any amount of time, you’ll know that we’re a crazy, fanatical Disney family. As I write this, Brett and I are listening to the retired “Wishes” fireworks score from Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
So, of course, when Disney announced they were doing a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast”, I was hesitant. It is such a classic movie that defined Disney animation during my childhood, along with “Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” How could they bring these iconic films to life without sacrificing any of the magic?
Then, they announced Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”) as Belle and Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) as Beast, I started to get more excited. More and more news began to come out, including cast additions like Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ian McKellan as Cogsworth, Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou.
In March, Brett and I had a date day to go see it in the theater. Immediately, we were both mesmerized by the pure magic that Disney had created. I instantly fell in love with this new incarnation of Belle and the Beast, including the music from their world that can be credited to Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman.
The soundtrack has all of the classic tunes from the animated movie like “Gaston”, “Be Our Guest,” “Something There,” and the movie’s namesake song, which, of course, was made memorable by Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson and was awarded an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1992.
One of the new songs on the live action film’s soundtrack is called “How Does a Moment Last Forever.” It’s first sung by Kevin Kline (as Maurice, Belle’s father). Then, Belle sings a reprise of it as she remembers her Paris childhood home.
During the credits, Céline Dion returns with a long-form version of the song that’s almost heart-breakingly beautiful when you think about the course that the artist’s life has taken since first singing for the 1992 film. In the new movie’s Blu-Ray special features, Dion shares how she didn’t want to come back for the film since her late husband was a driving force for her career and urged her to sing for the original soundtrack. His death in Jan. 2016 from cancer (as well as her brother’s death two days later, also from cancer) left her searching for answers after losing two such important people in her life.
Before I go further, here’s the video so you can listen to the song (and see some snippets of the film):
How utterly beautiful is that!?
As I’ve said before, music can be a very healing element when you’ve been struck by grief. I still can’t make it through the movie without crying at Belle’s version or Dion’s version. (We’ve seen it 3 times so far.) However, without any question, it’s a song that has forever been entrenched deep into my heart as I can’t help but think of Emmett when I hear it.
How does a moment last forever?
How can a story never die?
It is love we must hold onto
Never easy, but we try
That moment when I was able to hold him in my arms, so close to my heart. It’s a moment I will never forget to know just how utterly loved he was at that particular time by his mommy and daddy.
Minutes turn to hours, days to years then gone
But when all else has been forgotten
Still our song lives on
The days have passed since we left that hospital over a year ago. We have continued to live our lives, just like everyone else around us. Yet, we still hold on to Emmett’s memory, even though others will forget him as the days turn to years. But, there will always be those little notes of music playing from so many different songs that will forever remind us that he’s always there, no matter how much time has passed. Our little mouseketeer that is always right there with us singing his song as an affectionate reminder.
P.S. Maybe it’s because I’m still not over his character getting killed on “Downton,” (how could you Julian Fellowes!?) …but Dan Steven’s version of “Evermore” is fab-u-lous! (Sorry, Josh Groban.) Sincerely hoping it wins Oscar for Best Song.
Watch it here:
Have you seen the new live action “Beauty and the Beast”? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!