The marketing around the new live-action Beauty and the Beast has been nonstop, but so have the half-baked hot takes looking for what's problematic in this story. To be clear, we're not saying there's nothing wrong with Beauty and the Beast or the classic fairy tale it's based upon—but the endless parade of "OMG BATB is about being attracted to a furry! It's a movie based on a fairy tale! It doesn't have to make logical sense to make emotional sense. It's a magical love story; maybe we don't need to spend hours debating whether or not Belle is a feminist which, for the record, she's technically not; feminism as we currently understand it started a full century after Beauty and the Beast was written, so even if you see Belle as an embodiment of feminist ideals, you can't align her with a movement that didn't exist when the character was alive. That's just not how sociopolitical movements work.
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Beauty and the Beast is a tale as old as time. It is an instant classic following a simple yet beautiful love story between two people who don't seem to fit in with the rest of society. Yet as lovely as the movie is, there are some moments throughout that haven't exactly aged well.
Why, again? A different cast, different director, set, stage. Yes, for the most part the script is the same, the score with some modifications, at times but even the responsiveness of the audience can change the production.