Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 American musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon. The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's 18th-century fairy tale.
An arrogant prince is cursed to live as a terrifying beast until he finds true love. Strangely, his chance comes when he captures an unwary clockmaker, whose place is then taken by his bold and beautiful daughter Belle. Helped by the Beast's similarly enchanted servants, including a clock, a teapot, and a candelabra, Belle begins to see the sensitive soul behind the fearsome facade. But as time runs out, it soon becomes obvious that Belle's cocky suitor Gaston is the real beast of the piece.
- It basically proves Hollywood's ideology of "everything old is new again" by remaking this film.
- The story is way too similar to the original 1991 film. The new scenes and songs don't add much to the plot and are just there to escape the similarities. It basically feels more of a copycat rather than a remake.
- Emma Watson is a terrible casting choice for Belle, with her performance being very weak. Also, her singing has been considered by many to be inferior to Paige O'Hara from the original film.
- Ewan McGregor's singing is also terrible; in addition, he tries way too hard to use a fake accent for Lumiere but ends up sounding annoying.
- They also rely on Auto-Tune for the songs.
- Beast's character design is butchered, as he looks barely like the original Beast. He more looks like Fraun from Pan's Labyrinth.
- Also, his servants' character designs fall way under the uncanny valley.
- LeFou isn't funny at all, unlike the original who was used as comic relief. He is basically a filler character who serves no purpose at all in the film.
- High overuse of CGI, especially for the enchanted objects and the wolves.
- While the visuals are gorgeous, it is highly repetitive and distracting from the story.
- Many of the new songs in the film are shoehorned just to distract from the poor writing, and they just feel boring.
- A scene where LeFou dances with a man for two seconds is just there to pander to the LGBT community, which caused a ton of controversy.
- There are stupid decisions like how enchantress at the beginning now erases the memories of the other guests. Nostalgia Critic criticized and mocked the choice with “And that’s how we solved that plot hole, but fear not. We will have many more to confuse you.”
- Instead of just staying enchanted objects, the servants become inanimate forever if the spell isn't broken.
- Belle and the Beast spend less time with each other in the film, and their emotional scenes are shorter than in the original. For example, when Belle finds the rose in the West Wing and the Beast arrives, their argument only lasts for 7 seconds, while the original was 30 seconds long! The original argument was more than 4 times longer than in the remake!
- Beast's death is heavily butchered: Gaston just shoots him from behind 2 times with a gun, instead of stabbing him brutally with a knife!
- The visuals are very dazzling to look at.
- The new songs, while shoehorned, are still great.
- Beautiful cinematography, especially for the castle.
- We get a somewhat decent backstory to how Belle’s mother died.
- Despite LeFou's flaws, at least he's less of a Butt-Monkey than he was in the original.
Despite being positively received by critics, with a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, the remake has been considered by many to be inferior to the original 1991 film.