Eric Landry is known as a ruthless businessman who stays locked up in his mansion all day yelling at people. Belle Watson is the nicest, most hard working young woman you can think of. But when Eric threatens to have Belle’s father fired for breaking some stupid vase, Belle confronts the businessman and strikes a deal with him: she will work for him to pay off her father’s debt, in addition to all the other things she does. Though they frequently argue, Belle and Eric slowly begin to like each other and this attraction could grow into something more!
Production Quality (0 points)
Belle and the Beast is a different than usual production for WisenQuest, but it is still not any good. The video quality is still grainy and there are odd camera angles. Audio quality is just okay and the soundtrack is underwhelming. It seems like every scene uses a different set just for the sake of it, like they actually had a lot of sets at their disposal and they decided to flaunt it. But it doesn’t help anything, as many of the scenes therein are useless and only expand the movie’s runtime, even though plenty of pertinent details occur off screen. Thus, in can be inferred that little to no editing took place as a part of this production. In fact, it’s difficult to understand how and why productions like this one keep getting made.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Beginning with the canned narration sequence at the beginning and ending with an empty and trite attempt at forced romance, Belle and the Beast is scripted and copied from just about any cheesy family-friendly romance you can think of. Besides the constant shoehorning of ‘beast’ themes and the vague business premise and lingo, there’s the boy meets girl and they don’t like each other scene, the boy and girl have a fight scene, the girl finds something important about the boy’s troubled past scene, the girl complains to her female friend about the boy who she supposedly doesn’t like scene, the boy and girl talk backstory scene, boy and girl have a soft ‘accidental’ romantic scene…need I go on? I didn’t even cover the boy and girl break up over a misunderstanding caused by the girl’s strawman alternate love interest (pictured above) scene. Then there’s the obligatory get back together kissing scene. The stereotypical progression of this plot is downright laughable. Programmed with stock dialogue, the comical characters are swept up in a grand design far bigger than themselves…it was written in some Hallmark storyboarding room decades ago to be copied by all. Needless to say, this model never needs to be replicated again.
Acting Quality (0 points)
This stereotypical cast really had no clue how to handle emotional delivery. The wannabe Hallmark actor Matthew Davis ranges from wild, over-the-top yelling to vanilla line delivery. Other cast members do a terrible job at trying to be sad. The acting is overall stiff and empty, and the makeup jobs are typically horrible. I didn’t even fully cover how the presence of Caitlyn E. J. Meyer in a film totally makes the experience bizarre, but you get the point.
What is to be learned from films like Belle and the Beast or any other WisenQuest work? There are so many like it on the market; this is just an example of others passed over. While true love should be portrayed in Christian film, it needs to be done in a manner that is realistic and believable. Crafting a fantasy tale and trying to call it the real world is just doing a disservice to everyone. There’s nothing wrong with romance, but please make an attempt at realism. If you want a blueprint, look to films like Old-Fashioned. All we can hope is that more like that film will be made in the future.
Final Rating: 0 out of 10 points