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I kind of like the remake more than the original >.<
Okay, here me out! XD I suppose a lot of it came from the low expectations I had... but a bit also come from myself not considering the original a favorite—
AS A KID!!! As a kid.
Blame my sheltered childhood or just having been a wus, but I always found the beast and castle to scary for me up to the age of 12 (though I was also afraid of the 2000's grinch, sue me)
Though as an adult, I've come to appreciate the original Disneys Beauty and the Beast as the masterpiece it is, my stronger nostalgia holds with the little mermaid, Aladdin and, believe it or not, the three calbearos.
So while that factored in a bit, the truth is I was never expecting this remake to be any good, or at best, would be passable. Though as more and more of my friends kept saying it was either better than passable or even great, I'd though I'd see it myself and it... genuinely surprised me. So much so, I may do a full video review one day for autistic TV.
(Before anyone cringes and panic, I don't think Belle's autistic... well, hear me out, I'll explain more here and do some better research before making a video review)
Okay, so what makes me so bold to say I actually liked this remake better than the original?
Well, I'd say a lot actual came from what I expected to hate, but didn't find that bad.
The first bit was with the beasts and enchanted character designs.
From the first trailer, I though all the magical objects dove right into the uncanny valley. Maybe it was because I was comparing the character designs of the original (one of the things even as a kid I loved) and they were just to uncanny along with the beast. I once even joked he looked less like the original beast and a Jacob Edward hybrid (get that out of your minds
). Though again, maybe it was because I was able to mentally prepare myself ahead of time, but the CGI didn't bug me as badly as I'd thought they would. However, I think they could have benefited more by trying to mix in some particular effects and maybe a beast costume would have helped, the effects didn't bug me. And when they didn't use CGI, the sets were gorgeous to look at.
Also, I know I'm going to get slack for this, but I was also never to keen on Emma Watson to play Belle. My bigger excuse from the trailers were because I never saw her as Belle, but as Herminie playing the role of Belle in a play. And sadly I felt like that most of the way here. Not in anyway did I think she did a bad job, she did, and it's not her fault, but like with Jim Carry or Tom Cruise, I never see a character, just the actor playing one.
However, like the uncanny CG, going in with this in mind, it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. And I will say I did believe her when she sang. Who knew Emma had such a voice?...
Though, I didn't care for the songs to much. Not bad, but kind of more a the original did them better.
Actually I take it back, the opening and mob song still felt as grand as they did in the original, and I enjoyed most of the new numbers.
Oh, and I found Gaston as okay. Short version, a bit of a step down from the animation that I couldn't really look past for his short coming, which is the opposite I could say for Layfu.
Now with that out of the way, what did I love?...
Well, issues aside, I kind of found the remakes Belle and Beast's chemistry to be a lot stronger and more developed than in the original. Not that I don't think they had week chemistry before (thought to be fair, it's not like before Disney had any real strong contenders for best romantic couples).
Thinking back, while I do think the animated Belle and Beast were good, I kind of like more how the remakes Belle and Beast formed their bond. Mostly when it turned out the Beast was also a bit of a bookworm XD, and with their parents backstories that I won't spoil here.
I also found myself enjoying the opening a lot more to. However, if you'd want a little more detail, I suggest you check out my friend's
written review. (link below)
The only thing I want to talk most about is with Belle. Most of which is how it preludes to my eventual video review.
And while I won't say I think Belle is an aspie, she dose have a lot of traits, or at least experiences, to one. Like say, not fitting in well, being considered an oddball without almost carrying or recognizing it, thinking outside the box dispute social norms, her love of fantasy, even the fact she gets along better with non-human looking people is actually an autistic trait. It's part of the reason you hear so many stores of equine therapy, and with autistic boys and girls feeling more comfortable with individuals outside their age range better than their peers.
One scene that I think fit this well and inspired me to look more into this is when Belle in the remake goes out to do laundry, and invents the washing machine (no joke). She then spends the time she saves teaching a younger girl to read, dispute being bullied and ridiculed for it.
Though I don't think autism is a good fit for her, I do think there's something there to work for a good video, that I plan to put in a lot more research more first before I open my mouth.
As for this remake, yeah, I actually quite enjoyed it. Though I will say I can see why a lot of people may only consider this an okay remake, for me, I went in thinking I'd get nothings, and found the beauty within the beast.
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