There are three very important questions to ask when discussing this film. Who the hell asked for a gender-flipping remake of What Women Want? Who the hell thought this was a good idea? and Who the hell thought this film EVER needed to be 2 hours long?
You remember that ONE book you were forced to read back in the 4th grade? You don’t remember anything about the book anymore, but you vaguely remember the title. Disney decided to give your vague memory a 100 million dollar budget and made one of the most boring films of the 2010s.
So I first heard of this from Mundanematt, someone out there made a 47-Minute, ‘Womanless’ cut of The Last Jedi and the media got apoplectic over this. The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit (aka The Chauvinist Cut) has made its way around the internet and when I first heard this was a thing, I giggled, some including many of the stars of the film took the piss at it and many didn’t think it was that big of a deal…except the media who lost their shit. The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Inverse, Slate, The Wrap, AV Club …the vitriol was off the charts about this…So I had to watch it.
Last year, Amari Sali from Wherever I Look reviewed an Oscar-nominated film Fences, this time he is back to review another academy award nominated film The Shape of Water. The Shape of Water will remind you of the days when fantasy films weren’t made to set up trilogies but simply tell a stand alone, gorgeous story.
I had all the reasons to skip this film but then I saw the Rotten Tomatoes score…a score that critics gave 28% and the audience gave it 87%. This sparked my interest and I realized I had to watch this to see who was in the wrong here. Given it’s been 3 weeks after Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the critics are STILL making excuses for the movie after audiences tore it to shreds, I couldn’t pass up a golden opportunity to trash RT critics or maybe even say the fans are got it wrong this time.
Star Wars The Last Jedi is a dud, but the biggest problem here is that if Disney after buying 21st Century Fox is going to use the same filmmaking model with all of their properties that they have used for Marvel and Star Wars film, the film and television industry is heading to a (pun intended) constitutional crisis and perhaps an end of movies as we know them.
Overall, this was a good adaptation of the animated classic that stayed true to the source material. While the film took advantage of its budget, the overproduction of the musical numbers often did more harm than good. The film depended on the relationship between Belle and the Beast’s but it wasn’t the most believable because of the lack of development and chemistry between Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.