beauty & the beast 2014

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Drew some live action princesses for practice.

Belle (Emma Watson), Belle (Lea Seydoux), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), Cinderella (Lily James), Aurora (Elle Fanning) and Giselle (Amy Adams).

Will color them tomorrow probably.

EDIT: still not colored lol… but I added Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), The little Mermaid (Emily Hamilton), Snow White (Kristen Stewart) and Snow White (Lily Collins).

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Are you not afraid to d a n c e with me?

Y'all Emma said that shit about Beyoncé three years ago.

Character development? Fuck nuts?? I used to be homophobic. Like. One of those “secret” anti gays like “i don’t care just don’t do it around me” bullshit? Like. “Hide your gay, guys, I don’t want to know about it.” And now I’m pansexual. P e o p l e C h a n g e. I mean. Y'all acting like you didn’t say stupid ass shit three years ago. Emma criticized Beyoncé’s music video in 2014, two years before the year of realizing things? Let’s chill with attacking any white girl who is a feminist and calling it white feminism. Emma Watson is a global ambassador for the UN. So. Call out the real lowlifes that partake in white feminism, like Jennifer Lawrence.

For those still hungry for more Beauty and The Beast

If you’re looking for something to satisfy your budding Beauty and The Beast obsession while waiting for the new live action Disney film to come to video (in twelve weeks) here are a few things that might tide you over.

First I highly recommend the original 1740 Beauty and the Beast novel La Belle et la Bete by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.  It’s roughly two hundred pages long and there are two unabridged editions available right now on Amazon.  Both are the same translation, they just divide the chapters differently.

This one is soft cover and has more chapter breaks (Otherwise they have the same text)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1502992973/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  And this one is hard cover with less chapter breaks and is also illustrated with “interactive games” built in.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062456210/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

My second recommendation is for the Beauty and The Beast Broadway musical album.  It has songs that don’t appear in the animated film or live action Beauty and The Beast and one song on the album “Home” was used as an instrumental in the 2017 Beauty and The Beast.

  https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Beast-Broadway-Various-artists/dp/B01MTFJO7U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490504090&sr=8-1&keywords=Beauty+and+the+Beast+Broadway

There is a 1987 Beauty and the Beast released by Canon.  This one has songs and is very true to the fairy tale adapted from the novel (but not so much the actual novel.)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3g3tfl

There is also the 1947 French film, the first film version of Beauty and The Beast (to my knowledge).

https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Beast-Criterion-Collection-Marais/dp/B00007L4I6/ref=sr_1_22?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1490504615&sr=1-22&keywords=Beauty+And+the+Beast

There is the 1987 Beauty and The Beast TV series (far superior to the recent one from CW). 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L9CDUAK/ref=pd_luc_rh_sbs_03_03_t_img_lh?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

There is also the TV series Once Upon a Time which merges the story of Rumplestiltskin with Beauty and The Beast and has Rumplestiltskin as The Beast in his glittering, scaled imp form.   The most blatant Beauty and the Beast aspects are in the season one episode Skin Deep.

https://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Time-Season-1/dp/B0058YPL66

My seventh recommendation is the 2014 Beauty and The Beast French movie.

You may have seen this one on display in stores as it was shamelessly released in the US at the same time as the new live action Disney film.  The 2014 Beauty and the Beast movie only recently got an American DVD / Blu Ray Release partly because of the new Disney animated film  

https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Beast-Vincent-Cassel/dp/B01N3S0404/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1490504277&sr=8-8&keywords=Beauty+and+The+Beast+DVD

You can watch it in French, or with English dub or English subtitles.  

The 2014 Beauty and The Beast is a bit odd but visually very pretty.   It doesn’t quite follow the novel but has elements of the novel and much like the Disney film it kind of does it’s own thing. 

In this version The Prince’s backstory is told in periodic flashbacks.   He was married to a beautiful woman and he became obsessed with hunting a golden hind (a magical deer).  His wife made him promise to stop hunting to animal and he agreed.   However he went back on his word and carried out the hunt anyway, killing the creature with a golden arrow (the only thing that could kill the golden hind).  As she was dying the golden hind transformed into his wife, revealing that she had been a forest nymph all along. 

Her father, the God of the Forest, punished the prince by turning him into a Beast, his companions into statues, and his hunting dogs into strange, large eyed, bunny-like creatures.

In this version Belle is the reincarnation of the wife he accidentally killed.   It’s visually very pretty but I don’t really feel the chemistry between Belle and The Beast in this one and in fact Belle is kind of vicious toward him a few times. 

I have mixed feelings about this one’s writing but it’s visually gorgeous and it has a sort of Gothic ambiance.

I saw the Beauty and the Beast remake for the second time, and afterward I was like, goddamn it, I’ve got to go home and make a post about how it’s a good movie. I’ve gotta.

I liked it even better the second time. There’s only like three things I could possibly nitpick about it, but I feel so nice about this movie after the shitshow that was La Belle et la Bete 2014 that I don’t even want to be a critic.

It was good!! It’s my exact shit, I admit it freely.

the screenplay is fantastic - surprisingly funny and so nicely rooted in its allusions to its source materials, referencing not only the 90′s Disney version, but all these different versions of beauty and the beast that came before

  • -> Maurice saying “huh!” and staring at the disembodied hands holding the candelabrum outside the Beast’s Castle doors, straight out of the 1946 version
  • -> Belle leading the Beast toward a skittish horse for the first time in years, a scene straight out of Robin McKinley’s Beauty
  • -> the “strangely cultured lion-man,” all the Shakespeare/poetry readings, straight from the 80′s TV show Beauty and the Beast

What I’m saying is, they did their research, not just about the Disney version, but about how to merge what everybody knows about it with all the versions that have ever been made. It was so nice. It made me feel very good.

every character has this added emotional depth and sense of realism:

  • -> the rare care taken with exploring the Beast and Belle - their relationships to their fathers, their relationships to their dead mothers, their shared feeling of estrangement from everyone they know, their shared interests and mirroring body language. Everything was so good.
  • -> the thematic element of gendered intergenerational abuse © the Beast’s father
  • -> Belle’s introduction as innovative and proactive, her teaching the girl to read because she has extra time due to her intellectual innovations
  • -> the welcome change to the Beast’s personality/interests, making him appear (imo) to be much more Belle’s match
  • -> the nice time spent on the developing relationship, and the teleportation to Paris to give them something to bond over: YES
  • -> that the Beast was a bad adult and genuinely, 100% responsible for the curse, and not cursed when he was a 11-year-old child
  • -> the Beast gets a song, which isn’t the one he sings in the Broadway version for some reason, but I mean… I’m never going to say “no” to a male lead singing about how he’ll wait in a tower forever to be saved by the dashing heroine, that’s not a thing that I will ever do
  • -> Maurice’s poignant song at his introduction, setting the great tone for how likable and lovable he would be as a character. Also: his reaction to the denizens of the castle being “NOPE” was the best ever
  • -> the servants’ deeper relationships and their sense of loss and responsibility for the situation
  • -> the explanation of the town’s strange relationship with the castle made very clear
  • -> the way the townspeople didn’t all seem to be small-minded during the first song, they all seemed to have different opinions about Belle
  • -> Luke Evan’s Gaston is the best thing that ever happened to me - at once more believable and frightening than he’d ever been before, but still somehow just as hilarious. That Gaston almost murders Maurice at one point finally differentiated his character as a different moral creature from the Beast, which never really happens to my satisfaction in the 1991 version. (When I watch the 1991 film, I always wonder what makes Gaston so different from the Beast, especially with all the stark parallels, like them both wrongfully imprisoning Belle’s father, and I’m stuck with that question pretty unanswered at the end. In this new movie, Gaston is a genuine murderous scoundrel, and the Beast openly apologizes for ever thinking Belle’s father was a criminal, so I’m less puzzled.) 
  • -> LeFou was outstanding, in every way improved from the original. So funny. I loved the depth his moral compass gave that section of the plot, and I liked that he recovered at the end.

I don’t know, it was like every character was dunked in a little bit more of a delicious Character Complexity Potion. Pretty much everybody was a little bit more 3-dimensional, and the movie had a great heart to it.

the fucking great way parts of the movie felt like watching one of my wizard romance books. The Beast was super charming, when he’d never been amusing before. His looks bothered me in the trailers, but I changed my mind as the movie went on. And he had that perfect Beast voice, like a walking incarnation of all the gentler book versions of the Beast who had rarely made their way to cinema before. He was so fake-petty-mean and sardonic, his little comments… I don’t know, the Beast is funny as shit in this movie. I love this dude, I could see why Belle would like him. I believed the romance, I had my pulse on that romance, I was rooting for them. And that’s something that’ll make or break it.

minor list of things I was less impressed by: 

  • -> the transformation scene with someone else in the room (better than the 2014 version, but still, there were already so many things going on in that sequence with the servants taking the limelight, that the enchantress being there too was distracting as shit!!)
  • -> autotune, but it didn’t bother me that much
  • -> that in the year of our lord 2017 they still feel the need for the Beast to transform into a human (oh well lol)
  • -> I wanted Belle to sing “Home” from the Broadway musical, but I guess I’m never getting that wish!!

A few other things too, but I’d have to watch it again. I think I will do that.

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