Here’s what I think the critics are missing about Beauty and the Beast (even though most seem in favor, just not over the moon about it). They’re reviewing it like its a remake for a new generation. It’s not. It’s a remake for the generation that loved it in the first place. From 3 to 13, a generation of girls (and some boys) fell in love with a girl who loved books.
And now? Now we’re a generation who grew up wanting a bit of a Han Solo and a bit of a man who would give us a library like Belle’s. And like Belle, if the perfect suitor didn’t come along, we’d get the library by ourselves. We wanted “adventure in the great wide somewhere”.
Today we have the spending power. And we spend a lot of our disposable income on our fandoms. On movies and music and art and books and fan-related things about them.
Beauty and the Beast has already been and will continue to be enjoyed by many. But acknowledging that LeFou is so completely gay, having more of a vehemently feminist Belle, not offering any redemption for the eternal fuckboy that is Gaston, keeping books magical, snide remarks about Romeo & Juliet, snarkiness, sarcasm, and that FUCKING GROWL HOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER DAN STEVENS WHO GAVE YOU THE FUCKING RIGHT…this is a remake for the original fans.
And for us, it’s pretty damn close to perfect.