beauty and the beast compared to the original

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast.)

Once Walt Disney Pictures began adapting its animated classics for live-action, starting with Tim Burton’s 2010 take on Alice in Wonderland and moving into villain-centered fairy tales like Maleficent, it was a safe bet that a new version of Beauty and the Beast wouldn’t be too far behind. The 1991 film is beloved the world over and was a central part of pop culture for countless Millennials growing up. Plus, it garnered heaps of critical praise and a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, the first for an animated film. So it’s no surprise that Disney has gone all-in with its live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast: it boasts an all-star cast including Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, and more; its director, Bill Condon, has directed everything from entries in the Twilight Saga to the Dreamgirls musical adaptation; and its reported $160 million budget is evident in the sets, costumes, and extensive CGI.

But can the new Beauty and the Beast compare to the 1991 classic? Does this remake feel as timeless as the film that inspired its existence? Or do its changes — and there are quite a few — feel dull and lifeless? Let’s dive in and compare the original and its remake to find out.

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The Mummy Zero Gravity Stunt

Anyone who loves Tom Cruise knows that the actor can’t help but tackle some kind of crazy new stunt for his blockbuster action movies. They’ve become a staple of the Mission: Impossible franchise, and now he’s bringing that same spectacle to The Mummy.

In the new action adventure tentpole that will mark the beginning of a Universal Monsters cinematic universe, there will be a zero gravity action sequence that takes place in a cargo plane. We’ve already gotten a taste of this sequence in the first trailer for The Mummy and the featurette that arrived shortly thereafter. Now a new behind the scenes video gives us a closer look at The Mummy zero gravity stunt. Read More »

Kong Skull Island Alternate Opening

Kong: Skull Island had quite the legacy to live up to after being based on one of the most highly regarded classic films of all time, not to mention following up Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake which was at the very least a crowning technical achievement, even if you weren’t moved by the epic approach to the movie monster’s story. Thankfully, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts created something completely different that was able to stand on its own two feet, rather literally when you consider that this new Kong is a giant biped. And to make sure everyone understood that, he almost opened the movie by throwing some shade at the King that came before it.

Find out about the Kong Skull Island alternate opening below. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast review

Whenever there’s news of a remake or reboot of an old and beloved movie, the reactions usually range from cautious optimism to some variation on “only when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.” In the case of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, it’s the movie itself to which those latter adjectives apply.

This isn’t to say that the movie’s got nothing going on; if anything, it has too much going on. Padded out with 45 extra minutes, the movie’s M.O. is to take everything in the original and crank it up from ten to twenty. There’s more magic, more backstory, more cutlery, more dance breaks, more everything. It feels like love up to a point, the way the best stories get embellished with time, but when the new songs come clunking to remind you of exactly what it takes to get a Best Original Song nomination (and how good the old songs are), the proceedings start to feel a little less genuine.

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The Matrix Reboot Details

The internet got into a tizzy earlier this week when news came that Warner Bros. Pictures was considering some kind of reboot of The Matrix. The initial report indicated that it wasn’t clear what form this project would take, but many assumed that The Matrix reboot was just going to retread the same story of the original movie. Those who thought more outside the box understood that the studio was approaching The Matrix universe in the same way that Disney and Lucasfilm are approaching Star Wars with movies like Rogue One.

Zak Penn is the writer tasked with scripting whatever this new project set in the world of The Matrix will be, and he recently took to Twitter to clarify that The Matrix reboot isn’t really a reboot at all. Find out more below. Read More »

beauty and the beast imax ratio

Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is out in theaters today and it is, by all accounts, a visual marvel. So when director Bill Condon, a filmmaker with his fair share of experience in directing lavish and colorful films, sits down for a new featurette and explains how the best possible way to watch his movie is on an IMAX screen, maybe we should listen.

We are pleased to debut this new video, which you can watch below.

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The Matrix Reboot

Almost nothing is safe from being rebooted, and the latest news from Warner Bros. Pictures only confirms that.

The Matrix was a gamechanging sci-fi action movie for a number of reasons, from the introduction of slow-motion bullet time action sequences to an original mind-blowing narrative that audiences became obsessed with to the point that two back-to-back sequels were released four years later, six months apart from each other. Now, The Matrix is in the early stages of getting some kind of reboot, revival, relaunch or whatever you want to call it.

Find out more about The Matrix reboot after the jump. Read More »

the fly

J.D. Dillard, whose directorial feature debut Sleight was one of the big buzz films of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, is in talks to direct and co-write a remake of  David Cronenberg‘s classic horror film The Fly, which was itself a remake of the 1958 film of the same name. Learn the details, after the jump.

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Kong Skull Island Concept Art

Kong: Skull Island landed the top spot at the box office this past weekend, and if you took the time to see the action adventure, you were treated to some stunning visuals and incredible monster movie action. Now you can see some of the concept art that inspired the gorgeous cinematography that brought Kong to life, and while many of the images ended up being perfectly recreated in the movie, there are a couple of interesting pieces that didn’t make the cut.

Check out the Kong Skull Island concept art after the jump. Read More »

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Aladdin Casting Call

Like Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast before it, Disney is giving their modern animated classic Aladdin a live-action remake. The House of Mouse made a surprising hire with The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sherlock Holmes and Snatch director Guy Ritchie being brought on board for what will be a musical just like the original animated movie, and just as producer Dan Lin promised, they won’t be whitewashing the cast.

In fact, Disney is currently on the hunt for two brand new Middle Eastern stars to take the lead roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, going so far as to have an open casting call for anyone who thinks they’re good enough to take the roles. Find out more about the Aladdin casting call below. Read More »