sb: so what did you think about batb?
me, internally: okay but the subtle shifts & updates they made to the story made it a completely different from the original 1991 version in that belle was given so much agency truly a strong female character & not the almost-there version we get in the 1991 animated film who was great yeah but like we didn’t even know what we were missing but now look at what we’ve got with the new one ?? incredible. incredible casting literally every part was perfect every choice amazing i was in awe. back to the story tho ??? making every character more full, more fleshed out, giving them backstories & motivations that made sense within the context of this new story was a stroke of genius. i was even able to sympathize with gaston, with lefou, characters i never even remotely liked before. THIS TIME IT WASN’t JUST A FAIRY TALE LOVE STORY. IT WAS RELEVANT TO THE PRESENT POLITICAL CULTURAL INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE. IT WAS A STORY ABOUT LOVING SOMEONE BACK TO LIFE & BACK TO THEIR HUMANITY. ABOUT HOW LOVE MAKES US HUMAN & IT MAKES US THE BEST HUMANS WE CAN BE. HOW WE CAN’T TURN A BLIND EYE TO SUFFERING SIMPLY BECAUSE WE HAVE NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE OF IT OR WE FEEL UNQUALIFIED TO HANDLE IT. WE HAVE TO BE BRAVE & WE HAVE TO GIVE LOVE BECAUSE EVERY CREATURE DESERVES IT.
me, externally: yeah it was great i loved it