Can Live Action Be Better Than the Original?

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March, 2017- Disney’s long awaited live action movie Beauty and the Beast will be coming out in theaters on March 17th, 2017. The original Beauty and the Beast came out in 1991. Most Disney lovers grew up witnessing the two outcasts fall in a special love together, bonding over their hatred of Gaston, and singing along with the plates, napkins, and silverware in Be Our Guest. No one could resist the friendly feud between Lumiere, the charming candlestick, and Cogsworth, the strict grandfather clock. But, how will those who loved this movie as a child and looked up to the intellectual Belle as a role model react to the live action version?

As of today, March 9th, 2017, the film currently has only a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, and most critics are giving some negative feedback to the remake. One critic said the movie was, “…a star-stuffed relay race that looks like an assignment more than anything else.” (Dan Callahan, The Wrap). Another said, “The film does not fully recapture the undeniable magic of the 1991 animated feature.” (Maria Reinstein, Weekly Us). However, other critics are calling it, “… simply enchanting.” (Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile). The re-adaptation doesn’t seem to be able to hold up against Disney’s classic, which has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

However, this isn’t the only time that a live action remake has done worse than it’s cartoon counterpart. In 2015, Disney released their live action Cinderella, and received an overall 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, you may be thinking that this is quite good for a film, especially since it’s 9% better than the Beauty and the Beast, but it isn’t enough to beat an incredible classic such as Cinderella (1950) with a whopping 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. The original film may have been better because it was one of the few that Walt Disney worked on before his unfortunate passing in December of 1966 due to lung cancer.

It seems as though that no remake can beat the tale as old as time, and the wish that our hearts are making is for the original cartoons to be left alone to be enjoyed as classics.


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