He is a monster, she is too beautiful or too strange, while he is a real Charming Prince. Basically, in such formulas, it can not form couples. Yet, films manage to break stereotypes and prejudices about the importance of physical appearance and to show us, no matter how romantic it sounds, the soul of a man is what actually counts as stories of love or friendship can arise beyond deformity.
We start this top with Beauty and the Beast and continue with other films that reflect a somewhat “ugly aesthetics” including animation A Monster in Paris or Edward Scissorhands.
In ’90s classic was born a drawing, a beautiful love story behind which hides a message as well: a person’s soul is more important than physical appearance. Belle and the Beast discover gradually that have much in common including a passion for books and reading.
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton have us accustomed to their original projects. Also in the ’90s a new “freak” made its memorable premiere. A hands-of-character with scissors trying to love the simple and beautiful, even when he physically obstructed. Edward Scissorhands, a superb film, eccentric and obsessive master of American fiction, a story about tolerance, diversity and creativity, but also difficult maturation of a young man (young man in question is of course a monster).
The film Mask with famous Cher, it garnered an Oscar for best makeup and impress with the story of Rocky, a boy who is trying to cross over deformity and enjoy a larger normality of love for Diana. Stanley Ipkiss, a bank clerk, is a nice person too. Unfortunately for him, is viewed as a fool by many. Everything will change for Stanley, when at the end of a very bad day, he finds a mask that he put it on the face, makes him a quite complex wild and free character.
In the magic Paris, early of twentieth century, a monster dares to fall in love with a singer. The animation is left with more original songs and interpretations in which we can hear the voice of Vanessa Paradis. A good movie that will certainly entertain you, is an animation that is worth watching in a quiet afternoon with family.
A very long nose makes Bales (Steve Martin) the aim of all jokes. Like everyone else, falls in love and is always ready to help the woman for who he fell in love, even if is harshly judged for his physical. This movie is a piece of modern screening Cyrana De Bergerac of Edmond’s the Rostands. C.D. Bales is the fire department chief, who has by chance an enormous nose.
A modern version of Beauty and the Beast highlights the same idea of beauty soul. This time the action moves to New York where Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is cursed to live a life with a new look which compels to isolate from the world. Luckily, Vanessa Hudgens will make him feel a few butterflies in the stomach and will show that the “package” does not matter as much as the “content”.
We not have a beast, but, “She’s out of my league” gives us a whole theory, fought in the end, about how important is the physical appearance. The rules tell us that a girl of grade A can not get out with a type of boy with grade C, however, the character Molly is ready to overcome the prejudices and get over all combinations of numbers when she meets Kirk.
03. She’s All That
Sixpence None The Richer, the song that later became the soundtrack of the film She’s All That. Perhaps the film does not fit entirely in the category of movies like “Beauty and the Beast”, but “She’s All That” shows us, in a comedy formula what means to to dismantle all the prejudices about physical appearance and let the feeling free, as the song Sixpence None The Richer tells us.
A curse which makes for Penelope an impossible life. She is seen as a freak that does not deserve to be loved. To escape from the curse she must find the honest love. Needs of James McAvoy that together learns to love and to love each as it is. A modern tale of a curse cast on a family of aristocrats and family attempts to ward off this calamity. It was pretty funny to see how each candidate could not find another way out than to jump out from the window when they sees Penelope.
Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer, has to gain the independence from a depraved and cruel minister to help his friend, a gypsy dancer. Another classic story of the “monster” Quasimodo falls in love for a beautiful woman for the sake of which is capable of any sacrifice.