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Tea Talk. I’m not a writer, I’m a reader: Day 11

If we were having tea (or coffee if that’s what you prefer) right now, I would tell you all about how much I love this Beauty and the Beast reboot!

Last night I saw the film for the second time and I absolutely can’t get enough. I usually hate remakes, especially Disney remakes. Somehow they always fall short for me. I watched Snow White and the Huntsmen and then regretted that. I didn’t bother watching Cinderella and I was hesitant to watch The Jungle Book. However, Now that it’s on Netflix, I may just give it a chance because everyone I know who’s seen it says it’s really good. There’s actually a live action version of Jungle Book that was made in 1994. That was actually a great remake even though it’s not widely known. I am not a huge fan of clay animation. Sounds weird right? Toy Story was decent but not really watch over and over again type of film for me. The two exceptions to the clay animation genre is Finding Nemo and Kubo and the Two Strings (not Disney but still).

There are quite a few films that I consider Disney that aren’t actually Disney. Anastasia, The Road to El Dorado and The Indian in the Cupboard are a few of those films. Fantastic movies just under a different production umbrella; Twentieth Century Fox, Columbia Pictures and Dreamworks.

Anyway, back to Beauty and the Beast. Wow! I went into the film having all kinds of expectations. I admit I didn’t think the film would be that amazing. I’m always biased when it comes to reboots. Sometimes they are pulled off fantastically but majority of the time they flop. I’ve seen the original Beauty and the Beast (and it’s sequels) I don’t know how many times and it never gets old. I’ve listened to the soundtrack I don’t know how many times and it never gets old! I’ve even seen the old 1987 television show and that was pretty alright! I’m obsessed, I know. Just look at my VHS Disney movie collection.

The only cast I knew about was Emma Watson playing Belle and Luke Evans playing Gaston. I didn’t research any other characters because I wanted to be surprised. It’s like reading a book and imagining the characters a certain way and then when you see them later you cross your fingers and hope the cast matches your imagination.

I can’t put into words how amazing this movie is besides telling everyone they need to see it. It’s not your ordinary Disney remake. One of the things I did not expect was the amount of black actors and actresses in the film. They even showed interracial relationships! I hope I don’t offend anyone by saying this but it’s pretty rare to see a mixed race film. The fact they pulled it off so flawlessly in a Disney film was astonishing! I also liked that along with singing the original songs, they threw in a couple of their own. We also got to see a little back story on why Maurice raised Belle alone and why Beast grew up in a hardhearted situation that trickled into his adult life and led to him being cursed.

Have you seen this movie? Thoughts?

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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