Lady and the Tramp Review

The slew of live-action and computer-animated remakes of Disney’s hand-drawn animated classics have largely managed to feel creatively bereft, but they have never been entirely pointless. Why does a remake of Aladdin or Dumbo or The Lion King exist? If nothing else, to further fill the coffers of the Walt Disney Company, so that its executives can pull a Scrooge McDuck and dive through the cash. It’s a cynical view, and arguably a point that doesn’t impact anyone who isn’t a shareholder or investor in the company. But these movies exist for at least that one reason.

What, exactly, is the point of a streaming-only remake of an animated film? This question exists now for us to ponder thanks to the upcoming arrival of Disney+, a company-owned streaming service that will house hundreds of older films, thousands of episodes of TV shows, and new content such as Lady and the Tramp. No, not the 1955 animated film about two dogs from different sides of the tracks in small-town America who fall in love. This is a live-action/CG hybrid remake of that same story, premiering on November 12 on Disney+. Though the service itself is designed to hopefully make Disney lots of money, what would the point be of a film like this, one of many that you can watch once the service is available? It can’t make Lion King money or even Dumbo money. The best thing to say about Lady and the Tramp ‘19 is that it’s tolerable, more so than the other Disney remakes released this year. But that’s not saying a whole lot.

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According to the tagline of the 2004 remake of The Grudge, “It never forgives. It never forgets.” And it apparently never goes away for very long, because there’s a new Grudge headed our way. But this latest incarnation boasts some serious talent. Nicolas Pesce, director of the stupendously creepy The Eyes of My Mother, is at the helm, and he’s assembled a cast that includes Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, and Betty Gilpin. The trailer for Pesce’s reboot just dropped, and you might like what you see. Watch The Grudge trailer below.

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Robert Zemeckis is now in early talks to direct Disney’s live-action Pinocchio, the story of a wooden puppet who magically comes to life and wishes to become a real boy. After the hellish and abysmal Welcome to Marwen, I’m not sure I want to see Zemeckis tackle a movie that has anything remotely resembling a doll or a puppet. But here we are. Read More »

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Disney released their questionably “live-action” remake of The Lion King this past summer and it was an instant box office hit. After a massive opening weekend of $191 million in the United States, the movie has raked in over nearly $542.5 million domestically, and over $1.1 billion overseas, making it the 7th highest grossing movie of all time around the world. But just because the movie was a huge box office doesn’t mean everyone walked away satisfied, especially if your name is Elton John. Read More »

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If you were thrown off by the photorealistic animals of Disney’s The Lion King, the upcoming Lady and the Tramp live-action remake has none of those problems. With real rescue dogs playing the beloved characters, Lady and the Tramp is kicking it old school, featuring voice actors narrating over dogs who are trained to share meatballs and chase after dog pound vans. While a little CGI trickery is used to make the dog’s mouths move, it’s all real and good doggos. Watch the Lady and the Tramp trailer below.

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Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are the new Angels in Elizabeth Banks‘ upcoming remake of the beloved spy franchise. But this time, they’re international private eyes as Charles Townsend’s agency takes his business international, upping the stakes and the action in the new Charlie’s Angels. Watch the new Charlie’s Angels trailer below.

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