Beauty and the Beast: Should the Tale as Old as Time Stay in the Past?

Kyra Page, 11th Grade

Disney’s latest film Beauty and the Beast made over $174 million dollars this past weekend for its opening. The live action film is based off the 1991 cartoon (also by Disney), and stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. There are many other notable actors in this film such as Ewan McGregor (Lumière), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Josh Gad (Le Fou), Luke Evans (Gaston), Audra McDonald (Madame Garderobe), Stanley Tucci (Maestro Cadenza), and Emma Thompson and Mrs. Potts. Disney has recently began remaking live action versions of their original cartoons- such as the 2015 live action version of Cinderella- yet there are some mixed feelings about this practice in general.

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As seen with the Imagine student body, most people either saw the film and enjoyed it, or didn’t want to see it at all. 11th grader Ryan Palczynski stated, “I am not interested in it, so I don’t want to go see it. I’ve already seen it before (as a cartoon), I don’t really care to see a new version of it. The story hasn’t changed.” His sentiments were combatted by Jack Stephenson’s reasons for loving the film after he saw it. “(I liked) how they did a better job at explaining background. It wasn’t vague and they answered a lot of questions.”

Similarly, DP student Leo Trujillo explained why he wanted to see the film, “It’s a movie that I’ve always liked. I’m curious to see how they made this one.” Leo’s feelings resonated with the student body, for 46% of the students polled said that they wanted to see the film. However, a shocking 25% of people polled said they didn’t want to see the movie at all. As DP Literature and TOK teacher Kate Williams said in support of her stance on not seeing the film, “Life is short, there’s not enough time to mess around. There are too many movies I want to see.” 


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