Maybe you saw my recent post on Disney’s remake of the Beauty and the Beast. While watching the new movie, you can’t help but compare it to the original animated film, so I decided to share my thoughts on that matter. 🙂
You all probably know the fairy-tale: a cold-hearted prince is turned into a beast for his cruel actions, only to be saved by finding someone who truly loves him. Well, a few years later he imprisons Maurice, who got lost in the woods and stumbled into he castle. Turns out, Maurice has a daughter who comes along to save him. Is this the beast’s chance for love?
Old vs. New:
Let me begin with the 1991 animated film. The first time I saw this movie was when probably around kindergarden-age. It immediately became one of my most beloved Disney films (and believe me, I had and still have a vast collection). The heroine is not a princess but just an ordinary girl who doesn’t fit in. Over the years the film grew even dearer to me, as I could relate to that feeling very well.
Belle has always been one of my favorites because she’s so active. She’s not waiting for some Prince to rescue her, instead she sets out to rescue her father (and then later the beast). I love how she doesn’t swoon over Gaston like all the other girls. She talks back and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. In the 90s Belle was a different kind of Disney princess!
The movie was wonderfully made with tons of love for details. Not only is there a lot of magic going on, Beauty and the Beast also has some of the best side-kicks ever!
Last but not least: the music. I’ve seen lots of Disney films, but this one really has some of the best songs. Even after all these years I can still song along to almost every track featured!
Let’s move on…
I was quite surprised to find out that the 2017 version of the story is basically a scene by scene recreation of the 1991 movie. They threw in two or three additional scenes but in general there’s not much difference. So you will get to hear your favorite songs and even your favorite bits of conversation!
When I went to the cinema, I had actually hoped for something a new, a fresh take and not the same thing in green. However, if you ignore that, the 2017 remake is a really nice film. The casting is absolutely divine and simply every actor and actress is so on spot, it’s unbelievable. Another point the remake can score with are the special effects. It all comes to life and gets so very real. You can tell that a lot of effort and money went into that part and it paid off.
So, the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is a very well made movie, that will both give you that fuzzy warm nostalgia feeling and reach a new generation unfamiliar with the old film. However, the thing that bothers me is that throughout the entire film I had the distinct impression that the only reason it was so close to the original, is to make tons of money with minimal effort. That most certainly worked out for Disney!
Did you see one of the films? Let me know in the comments what you think!