beauty & the beast 2014

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 transgender and 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 went to see Beauty and the Beast and I enjoyed it a lot. I especially enjoyed this version of the Beast like 100x more than I was expecting. He has a very handsome face and voice and personality, which didn’t really come through in the 1 trailer I watched.

I was charmed that the person who wrote the movie seemed to really know their shit about different versions of the story - there were several nice references/homages to Robin McKinley’s versions, in addition to the refs to the Alan Menken/Disney animated movie. I feel like there was a certain feeling like Howl’s Moving Castle as well at one point - I think it might have been the teleporting magic.

I might go see it again and write a big post about it more detailed.

This LeFou thing is so hilariously, terribly typical of what happens when straight creators try to appeal to a not so straight audience. It trips and falls into several tropes:

1. There Can Be Only One (Gay)
2. Queer Coded Villains
3. Gay Love is Unrequited Love (I am assuming the crush on Gaston is not returned)
4. Gay is OK But Only If They’re Kinda Unattractive or Oddly Non-Sexual

What are the chances Disney can avoid a shitshow on this one? Not high. What are the chances they consulted a single gay person over this storyline? Not high. And they had nice gay uncles Lumiere and Cogsworth right there. Could’ve gone for a reunion kiss when they get turned back into humans and everything.

if you need more of a reason to skip the disney beauty and the beast but still wanted a live action version, WATCH the 2014 french version. y’kno everyone pissing themselves over the reveal of that one dress??? this movie had like 6

belle wore a different dress for basically every day she spent in the castle 

and literally every. single. one. IS BREATHTAKING.

everyone’s whacking the ego of the disney movie for that hideous bedazzled party city rental and meanwhile in france 2014 even the men’s outfits were completely ostentatious and INCREDIBLE

and these are just the outfits!!!!!! the entire movie is so gorgeous i nearly passed out!!!! also it did all of this and more on a budget of $40 million USD. disney had over THREE TIMES THAT BUDGET and what did we get for it???? halloween express.