1. Rondi Olson says:

    I totally agree. The 1991 version is my favorite movie of all time, close to perfection, which leaves the remake nothing more than a poor imitation.

  2. I have had zero desire to see this film from the moment it was announced, because I could tell that they were going to do nothing original or interesting with it. And lo, it came to pass.

    What I find saddest about the whole thing is that they even messed up Belle’s iconic gown, which should have been the dazzling showpiece of the entire movie. Here’s a great article explaining all the ways and reasons the remake got it wrong: http://costumevault.blogspot.ca/2017/06/burning-question-whats-wrong-with.html

    I still dare to hope that someday, somebody will make a great live-action BatB film. But it’s obviously not going to be Disney.

  3. notleia says:

    Here to plug the earlier French movie “La Belle et la Bete” by Jean Cocteau. It was right after WWII and looks like it had the budget of three shoelaces and a plundered Shakespearean theater’s wardrobe, but it’s classic and creative.

    In brief defense of the reboot, Dan Stevens is better looking than the prince the animated Beast turns into. That’s about all the defense I can work up.

  4. Leanna says:

    All this derision directed at the live-action movie makes me so very sad. I loved the movie. I was excited about it from the get go even as I did my best to keep neutral expectations as we got closer.
    And I love animation as a medium and the original film is my favourite of the classic animated Disney.
    And neither of those things kept me from loving the new film wholeheartedly. It is so beautiful! So simply and exquisitely beautiful. I loved how they gave it a closer tether to a specific age even if I think the white wigs and tights on men look stupid and that the harpsichord has a dreadfully tinny sound.

    I’m not blind to all the movie’s flaws. They are just incapable of making me adore it any less. The backstory of Belle’s mother is maudlin and unnecessary and too much of her dialogue with her Dad ends up feeling very expository instead of real but the new song and MUSIC BOX balance it out for me (There is a place deep down in my soul that is so very satisfied by music boxes… such a combination of machinery and beauty!)

    Adam really didn’t need sob backstory to explain why he was the beast. He was spoiled, selfish and unkind. Period. BUT I love Days in the Sun and the little boy who solos the opening has an incredible voice!

    The attempted murder does come rather out of left field but the live action Gaston is just so much more interesting than the animated version and so very very well acted. (He’s also one of the few actors they don’t auto-tune – phew!)

    I really wish they hadn’t auto-tuned the life out of Emma Watson’s voice. I enjoyed what I could hear of her voice, even next to Audra McDonald. Belle doesn’t need a powerhouse voice. She’s always the most human of the classic Disney princesses and to me it is more relatable if she can just carry a tune rather than be a magical songbird in human form.

    I am also one hundred percent behind her decision to not wear a corset. (And I think corsets totally have their place, same as heels and heavy makeup) It fits so perfectly with Belle’s character. But the dance scene was always much more about the DANCING than about her ball gown in my mind anyway. Also Adam’s costume was gorgeous. If there was a decent version to buy on the internet I would get that coat for my husband in a heartbeat! 😀

    Oh, and that scene on the bridge!!! I disagree in general with people who think Belle and Adam’s characters were lessened in the live-action (but I won’t argue the nitty gritty of that here) but how can anyone not love the aching beauty of that moment when Belle reads out loud of how creation is simply waiting to be woken out of winter’s sleep?

    Anyhoo! I’ll stop rambling and fan-girling. o:) I’m sorry that the live action movie is such a blight for you. 🙁 I’d share the joy I experience in it with you if I could!

  5. I could write a lot to explain why I didn’t like this film, but I’ll just sum it up with one phrase:
    “If it [wasn’t] broke[n], don’t fix it.”

  6. I totally agree! I love your analysis of this, Shannon 🙂

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