Finally I watched this movie - then I watched it again. It has a nice message and I must say I recommend it! My husband even joined me the second time so we watched it together - which made it even nicer.
I agree with Godlock & martins 1230 in that this movie is not Christian one but tries to make it have a Christian sounding message. This movie is a mormon movie made in Utah. It should NOT be allowed to have on its title " A Christian romance". This is deceitful. Also the movie had ~ 15 disconnects that were unrealistic. It was also very predictable. The acting was not bad. The beginning was over the top where they portrayed the beast as terrible. He was not developed slowly & thus not believable. Twice in the movie they stated "God wants me to be happy". Both my husband & I stopped the movie & discussed this misconception. God wants us to be joyous regardless of your circumstances. Not easy to achieve but worth striving for.
My concern is that this company is a Mormon company that changed its title from A Mormon Romance to a Christian Romance. They even changed the names of the actors. I just caution people to recognize that even though it is a nice story and a nice movie. It is not Christian. If you freeze frame the scene where Belle looks like she is reading the Bible and then Eric throws it in the pool, look closely. It says the book of Neph or Joseph. It is not a book in the Bible. This is a nice movie, with a nice Christian sounding message, but the company is not Christian and it was originally called a Mormon Romance.